Danny Trevathan got a taste of the playoffs early in his NFL career, as the Broncos teams he played for (2012-2015) made the postseason each year. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to bring the playoff magic with him to Chicago.
With that said, Head Coach Matt Nagy has set some high expectations for his 2018 Bears. And if this team is going to pull off a surprising season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, it sounds like you can expect to see Trevathan on the front lines, leading the way: “I feel like we’re going in the right direction,” Trevathan said, via Pat Graham of the Associated Press. “As long as they keep up the pace and listen to the older guys, we’ll be all right.”
Trevathan was the young guy in Denver when the Broncos rattled off a four-year stretch where the team won four straight division titles, made it to the Super Bowl twice (won it once), and posted a 50-14 record. That’s a .781 winning percentage if you’re keeping score at home. Now, Trevathan is the veteran whose presence hopefully provides leadership and stability to a team that is leaning younger throughout the roster. It’s a different perspective and role for Trevathan, but the same end game – just win.
Even though Roquan Smith is waiting in the wings to take a starting job at inside linebacker, Trevathan has already expressed an interest in showing the rookie the ropes. It’s that kind of leadership that needs to come from the top down if these Bears are going to do what Trevathan’s Broncos did from 2012-15.
And for what it’s worth, Trevathan is seeing similarities in the attitudes of those playoff-tested Broncos teams and the Bears team he is a part of now: “Guys saying, ‘Enough is enough,'” Trevathan said. “Now we have to go finish it off.”
If you ask me, that’s the best news you could hear as a Bears fan. The Bears have football’s third longest active postseason drought. So, yeah, enough is enough. It’s time for a change.