In an ideal world, veterans take rookies under their wings, show them the ropes, and help them grow into productive teammates. And while we don’t live in an ideal world (Taylor Swift is not currently me girlfriend), it’s good to hear that linebacker Danny Trevathan is ready adhere to one of football’s most long-standing traditions: experienced players teaching youngsters the finer things about the game.
“I’m going to help him as much as I can,” Trevathan said, via the Chicago Bears’ official website. “That’s my job here as a leader on this defense. He’s a guy that works his tail off, so it shouldn’t be hard to give him little details about anything. Anything he needs help with, I’m right here to help him with.”
While Chicago’s first-round pick has speed to burn, impressive coverage skills, high-end tackling ability, and a world of potential, Smith would be wise to learn from a savvy veteran like Trevathan. Because while we can crush over Smith’s college accomplishments and skills, it’s not like Trevathan is just some slouch. Last season, Trevathan picked up a team-leading 89 tackles to go along with a pair of sacks, a forced fumble, a recovery, and an interception. His arrival in Chicago presented an immediate upgrade at the position and teaming him with Smith should fortify the middle of the Bears’ defense.
And judging by what Trevathan has seen from the rookie standout, the Bears will have a pair of playmaking inside linebackers: “He’s quick, instinctive, learns well. He’s just out here trying to get better. That’s what I like about him,” Trevathan said. “He’s calling the call sheets out. He’s learning the plays. That’s what you want in him. … It’s a lot of lights on him. It’s a lot of attention on him. But he’s finding himself out here, coming out here and trying to make some plays.”
Even though head coach Matt Nagy said Smith will need to earn his spot in the lineup, the University of Georgia product figures to join Trevathan in the starting lineup as the Bears’ other primary inside linebacker in the team’s 3-4 scheme. It won’t be long until he reaches that point.