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#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:34:22 AM(UTC)
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LAKE FOREST https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Allen-Robinson-Jersey , Ill. (AP)Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can see a huge difference after only three days running new coach Matt Nagy’s offense.There’s more to it than just the system for Trubisky, as the Bears ended their first minicamp under Nagy on Thursday with a greater knowledge of an offense they hope eventually elevates them from the depths of the NFC North.”Just having a bunch of brilliant offensive minds around me, I’m just getting a lot of information,” Trubisky said. ”I’m trying to be a sponge, and it’s been a lot of fun working with those guys and learning as much as I can these last three days.”It all caused Trubisky to remark: ”I feel like these last three days, I’ve been coached more than I ever have.”The Bears finished 30th on offense and have been ranked in the bottom half of NFL offenses three of the past four seasons. Coach John Fox was fired after going 5-11 in his third season, with Trubisky starting the final 12 games of his rookie year.Now Trubisky learns from Nagy, who brought along a reputation for offensive innovation after serving as Kansas City offensive coordinator under coach Andy Reid.”They do a great job teaching it, and it’s not only me – all the other positions know the whys of the offense so everybody will be on the same page,” Trubisky said. ”We’ll all have answers and we’ll be able to click as an offense because everybody knows our jobs and what we’re looking for.”With wide receiver Allen Robinson missing all of minicamp recovering from last year’s torn ACL, Trubisky threw extensively to wide receivers Kevin White, Bennie Fowler and Taylor Gabriel, and new tight end Trey Burton.Trubisky felt comfortable running an offense emphasizing run-pass options, largely because he ran something similar in college at North Carolina.”You’ve got the RPO game Chase Daniel Color Rush Jersey , the play-action, the quick dropback, getting the ball out quick, stuff I’ve done in my past from high school to North Carolina,” Trubisky said. ”And then you’ve got the West Coast, pro-style concepts grooved in with that.”So I feel like this offense is going to utilize my talents and use what comes natural to me.”Trubisky is as impressed with the new head coach personally as with his offense.”Just every day you can feel the excitement and the energy he brings and you can hear the passion in his voice and how he talks about things,” Trubisky said. ”I get a really genuine feel when I’m around him. He’s very authentic. He’s real.”Nagy was no less complimentary describing what he saw from his new quarterback. The two had built a bit of a relationship during the lead-up to the 2017 draft, when Kansas City weighed taking Trubisky.”I would say that the biggest thing is probably just his immense focus,” Nagy said. ”He’s very focused.”Nagy called focus important for Trubisky because rising expectations can lead to distractions.”So if you start worrying about expectations other than what your coaches want, you’re in trouble,” Nagy said. ”And so he’s just got to understand just come to practice every day, be a leader, lead these guys, and sometimes that’s hard.”You come in last year as a rookie and you’re asked to lead guys that’s hard deal sometimes. Now it’s year 2 Bennie Fowler III Jersey , it’s time to make the next step.”NOTES: Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered an ankle sprain on the second day of minicamp, but Nagy said it shouldn’t cost him much practice time. Lynch began camp lined up with starters because outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is still rehabbing after a knee injury last year. … Linebacker Danny Trevathan was at Halas Hall, but didn’t practice after missing the start of minicamp for personal reasons.— LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano made the most of his time away from the sideline. He’s also glad to be coaching again.The Chicago Bears‘ new defensive coordinator gets to put his stamp on a unit that emerged as one of the best the past four seasons under Vic Fangio, particularly now that offseason workouts are underway.“You ask any player that’s been let go or put on the street and then been given another opportunity, another team, another locker room, coaches to be around, players to be around, come out here and run around like a kid again — there’s nothing better,” Pagano said Wednesday.The Bears have soaring expectations and a bit of a chip on their shoulder after a bitter loss to end a breakthrough year.Chicago won the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy’s first season, ending an eight-year playoff drought, only to lose the wild-card game at Soldier Field to Philadelphia when former kicker Cody Parkey’s potential winning field goal hit an upright and crossbar.The Bears are banking on improvement by an offense entering its second year in Nagy’s system, and more dominance from a defense that returns mostly intact — with at least one notable change.Overseeing it now is Pagano https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Taylor-Gabriel-Jersey , hired in January after Fangio took the head coaching job in Denver.He spent last year out of coaching, as an NFL consultant working with officials, after leading Indianapolis to a 53-43 record and two AFC South championships from 2012-2017.Pagano got to go to the Masters, rode his Peloton bike and spent quality time with his family. He made the most of his situation. But he wasn’t where he really wanted to be: coaching.With offseason workouts in process, he feels recharged and ready to embrace the challenge. On the one hand, he inherits a loaded defense. On the other, his predecessor set a high standard.“He knows what kind of challenge that is, because there’s expectations not just from the media and from the fan base but from his own players,” Nagy said. “They know what they did under Vic’s regime and his coaching staff. So I think that’s going to be really neat to watch organically happen, but there’s got to be some patience involved there, so that’s what we’ll continue to talk through.”Pagano inherits a group led by All-Pros Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson that ranked third in total defense. The Bears had more takeaways (36) and interceptions (27) than any other team. They allowed a league-low 17.7 points per game and 1,280 yards rushing — the fewest by a Chicago team in a 16-game season. And they tied for third in the league with 50 sacks even though they didn’t blitz much.“We all know how well this defense did,” Pagano said. “They love football. They love playing football. We’ve had great attendance Trey Burton Color Rush Jersey , great participation. They love each other. They just love playing the game. It’s been a real pleasure. We’ve got a long way to go, obviously. But they’re doing a great job.”One thing that has stood out to defensive end Akiem Hicks is Pagano’s ability to relate to his players.“He just understands what they could be thinking, what the possibilities are,” Hicks said. “And he can attack those before an issue arises. And he can stop an issue from arising.”Linebacker Roquan Smith said he has the “utmost respect” for Pagano and Fangio.“Definitely, Chuck’s a little more outgoing,” Smith added. “He is who he is. We respect that, love it and embrace it each and every day.”When it comes to scheme, Pagano and Fangio are similar. They both run a 3-4. And they overlapped as assistants in Baltimore, helping mold a defense that ultimately led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship at the end of the 2012 season.Pagano said he would be “foolish” not to retain some of Fangio’s plays. But he’s also putting his mark on the defense.He said his staff has been “throwing a lot of mud at the wall and seeing what sticks.” What he’s seeing so far is a high retention rate.“There’s gonna be stuff to clean up,” he said. “There’s gonna be mistakes made. But again, these guys have done a great job to this point.”NOTE: Two players have changed positions, with Bradley Sowell moving from offensive tackle to tight end, and Taquan Mizzell from running back to receiver.
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