Why Bears QB Mitch Trubisky drew Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan comparisons this spring
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The last time Chase Daniel saw Matt Nagy install an offense, things went much slower.
Daniel estimates that Nagy, the Bears’ new coach, has put in 10 times more plays this offseason than he did during the same period in 2013, when, as the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach, he installed coach Andy Reid’s scheme.
“I’d say it’s way ahead of schedule,” said Daniel, the former Chiefs backup, whom the Bears signed to a two-year deal in March. “I think that’s on purpose, too. I think coaches are doing it on purpose and putting a lot of stress on us now. And once training camp comes, we’ll get back to fundamentals and details.”
The main person the Bears have been stressing is Mitch Trubisky. The second-year quarterback will begin a final test Tuesday, when the Bears begin their three-day mandatory minicamp before breaking for the summer. And there’s no more important harbinger for the Bears’ success than how Trubisky picks up Nagy’s terminology and grows into a leader.
With only three days of practice left, the Bears like what they’ve seen.
“We understand that, ‘Hey, there’s a long time before the season — you have to walk before you run,’ ” Daniel said. “But everyone’s excited here.”
Excited enough to compare Trubisky to the 2016 NFL MVP, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
“It’s been good, just coming from Matt Ryan, that type of high-tier quarterback, and coming here,” said receiver Taylor Gabriel, who spent the last two seasons in Atlanta. “Just to see the development of [Trubisky] and the growth and the leadership, it’s surprising. It’s exciting to go out there and watch him go through his reads, not just stay locked into one receiver.”
New tight end Trey Burton didn’t hesitate to compare Trubisky’s growth to that of another high-level passer — 2016 No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, who likely would have won last year’s MVP award if not for a knee injury.
“There’s just so many similarities between the both of them — a lot more similarities than opposites,” said Burton, who played alongside Wentz the last two years with the Eagles. “The way he takes command, he’s a natural leader, his arm strength, his ability to run, his elusiveness in the pocket — there are a lot of things that are similar.”
There might have been one or two times in the Bears’ entire offseason program when Trubisky used the wrong terminology in Nagy’s system, Burton said.
Not that mistakes are verboten. It is only June, after all.
“What’s [Trubisky’s] trying to do is understand how we as coaches want him to think,” Nagy said. “Right now, it’s, ‘Let’s test it downfield a little bit.’ If you’re going to make a mistake and make a poor throw, let’s do it with an aggressive mentality.
‘‘It’s OK now to make mistakes. We learn from them, we get them on tape and pull back from them during the season and figure out why we made that mistake. Either we stay away from it or we improve it.
“He’s grown from the first day of OTAs until now. He’s really grown in this offense.”