Reading this tweet made me feel things and I wanted to share it with you, so you can also feel things:
Ryan Pace says that Mitchell Trubisky is “obsessed with being great.” That’s good to hear about your franchise QB. #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) February 28, 2018
Is it time for training camp to open up yet or what?
- Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace touched on a number of topics during his meeting with the media on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune rounds up some of Pace’s most intriguing quotes in his first public thoughts since hiring Matt Nagy as the team’s new head coach. We’ve touched on some of the most important issues from Pace’s media session including the latest on Kyle Fuller, possible extensions for Adrian Amos and Eddie Goldman, Mike Glennon’s future, and spending in free agency.
- I’m glad I’m not the only one who heard it, but Pace definitely had a little extra pep in his step during his meeting with the media. The Tribune’s David Haugh describes the Bears’ GM as someone who sounded like he was undergoing a fresh start at a new job rather than one coming off a dreadful three-year run. It definitely seems like there is some new energy in the building. Pace even used words like “transparent” when answering questions … and actually answered questions without sounding like a man trying desperately to avoid sharing team secrets. I can dig it.
- It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the Bears will spend some money in free agency to add a backup quarterback to the mix. But don’t worry, the days of spending $18.5 million in guaranteed cash on a backup will soon be behind us. Colleen Kane of the Tribune writes the team will be “really mindful” about who they surround Trubisky with as his backups. A reunion with Mark Sanchez could be on the horizon, while Chase Daniel (who has ties to Matt Nagy from their time with the Chiefs) could also be on the team’s radar.
- Nagy also hinted at the possibility of using the draft as an option, telling the Tribune: “We just have to see how this whole thing plays out in the next few weeks and months. Ryan and I have a direction and a way we think we’re going to go, but we’ll keep that between us.”
- After hiring Mark Helfrich as the offensive coordinator and Harry Hiestand to coach the offensive line, the Bears should have a good idea of what a quality developmental quarterback prospect will look like. Both Nagy and Helfrich are long-time quarterback whisperer types, so it would be wise to take advantage of that and start developing quarterbacks like the New England Patriots have in recent years.
- Then again, this guy could be available for minimal cost:
I’ll play again for FREE. It’s not about the money it’s about getting back to doing what I miss and love.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 28, 2018
- If getting the quarterback position right was the Bears’ top priority when drafting Trubisky and arming him with suitable pass-catching weapons is at the top of the shopping list a year later, then bringing down opposing quarterbacks should probably be next on the list of needs. Over at NBC Sports Chicago, John Mullin believes the Bears are in desperate need of a pass-rush presence after parting ways with Willie Young. Mullin is definitely on to something here because the only edge rushers on the roster are Leonard Floyd, Isaiah Irving, and Howard Jones. Only Floyd is a proven starter, and even then, he has missed a chunk of time due to injuries in each of the last two seasons. Still, the Bears’ plans are coming into the clear with their recent releases of Floyd and Pernell McPhee – get younger, get healthier, and – hopefully – get better.
- Over at Pro Football Weekly, Hub Arkush writes the honeymoon period is over for Pace … just as it begins with his head coach. Timing is weird, but I get the angle here. For Nagy (and the Bears) to be great, Pace has to show improved judgment as an evaluator of talent. The Bears need to make better decisions in free agency and in the draft in order for all of this to work. Impact players needed to be added in free agency at key positions that don’t have much returning talent such as wide receiver and on the edge with pass rushers. Playmakers need to come by way of the draft, primarily in the first round where the jury is still out on Kevin White, and to a lesser extent with Floyd and Trubisky. Get it right and the turnaround can begin instantly.
- Speaking of free agency, I want to believe there’s something here: