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Trubisky: 'I was built for this offense'

Posted Apr 6, 2018

Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer

Introduced to the new Bears offense this week with the start of the voluntary offseason program, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is already a huge fan of the scheme.

“The offense I want to run is the offense we’re installing right now,” Trubisky said Friday during an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “Just after a couple days of installing it and actually being able to talk to the coaches I really feel like I was built for this offense. It’s dynamic, it’s creative and it’s also balanced, and that’s what you want.”

The offense is a collaboration between first-year head coach Matt Nagy, who spent the past five seasons as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, and new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who served as Oregon’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2009-12) and head coach (2013-16).

“We’re going to get the ball out quick,” Trubisky said. “We’re going to deceive defenses. We’re going to spread the field and we’re going to get it all over to our playmakers. We’re going to be balanced. We’re going to play fast. We’re going to be dynamic and we’re going to stretch the field every which way. 

“I just feel this offense is going to utilize my talents more and the players we have around me and hopefully we can just get it rolling from there. I’m excited to keep diving in and keep working.”

Trubisky compared the moves the Bears made in free agency to “an early Christmas.” Players they’ve signed since the start of the new league year March 14 include receivers Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, quarterback Chase Daniel and kicker Cody Parkey. 

“We got some great weapons this offseason,” Trubisky said. “I’m very excited about the guys we added. It’s looking good. Everyone is excited to be back in the building. We’re going hard with workouts and installing this new offense. Exciting things are going on here in Chicago and we’re just happy to be back to work.”

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In a column on ESPN.com, former NFL safety Matt Bowen includes two Bears among 10 rookies league-wide who are primed to break out in Year 2.

Bowen lists quarterback Mitchell Trubisky among five rookies who could make significant jumps in 2018 and running back Tarik Cohen as one of "the next five."

Bowen notes that Trubisky "showed flashes of his athleticism and arm talent" last year as a rookie when he passed for 2,193 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 248 yards and two TDs while starting the final 12 games.

"He showed the ability to anticipate throwing windows," Bowen wrote. "And with [first-year head coach Matt] Nagy & Co. installing a system that will better cater to Trubisky’s talent, the arrow is pointing up on the former No. 2 overall pick."

Bowen also mentions that Trubisky will be aided by the arrival of three key free agent additions in receivers Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton.

"These are major upgrades for Trubisky compared to the lineup he worked with last season, and Nagy’s offense—a modern twist on the West Coast passing game—should jump-start Trubisky’s development," Bowen wrote. "Just look at Jared Goff and the Rams hiring Sean McVay as a potential blueprint."

Cohen, meanwhile, looks to build on a highly productive rookie season. Excelling on both offense and special teams, the fourth-round pick rushed for 370 yards and two TDs on 87 carries, caught 53 passes for 358 yards and one TD, averaged 9.4 yards with one touchdown on 29 punt returns and averaged 22.4 yards on 26 kickoff returns.

Cohen also threw a 21-yard TD pass on a halfback option play to tight end Zach Miller in a win over the Ravens, becoming the first Bears rookie running back to throw a touchdown pass since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

"Cohen checked in with 723 yards from scrimmage and three scores in 2017, coming on 87 rushes and 53 catches," Bowen wrote. "But Cohen's electric talent wasn't fully exploited—he didn't see the consistent touches or scripted matchups I expected to see.

"Look for that to change in Nagy’s system. Cohen can be the joker in the offensive game plan, a chess piece to expose opposing defenses. Along with his ability as a zone runner, Cohen can be featured on jet sweeps, misdirection plays and screens. He can be flexed out from the formation as a receiver. With a 5-6, 181-pound frame, Cohen can put defenders on skates in the open field."

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Nagy excited to impart Alex Smith's wisdom on new QB

By Nick Shook
Matt Nagy made a name for himself as an offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in Kansas City, which meant devising different ways to take advantage of a short-to-intermediate passing game.

Nagy became quite the schemer by his final season in Kansas City, accentuating his team's strengths and gameplanning away from its weaknesses. Much of that relied on the skills of quarterback Alex Smith. Now in Chicago, Nagy's offense will instead rely on Mitchell Trubisky.

The new head coach is ready to bring some signal-calling wisdom from his veteran quarterback to his second-year face of the franchise. Turns out, it might not be as difficult as imagined.

 "[Alex and Mitchell are both] driven," Nagy said, via ESPN. "They are completely driven and competitive. Hate to lose. Want to win more than anybody. They don't just talk about it; they show it by their actions.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing what Mitchell does and I'm really going to use everything I learned from Alex [Smith] to help him out."

It's interesting to hear a coach speak of learning from a player, no matter how seasoned he might be. What's even more intriguing is that Smith, often unfairly the butt of jokes made by those who never appreciated his achievements, could offer such lessons to a play-caller.

Either way, Trubisky sounds rather confident, telling NFL Network's Good Morning Football crew, "I really feel I was built for this offense." From what we know, he's right: Trubisky exhibited skills similar to Smith's -- adequate and occasionally surprising arm strength, mobility, quick release -- and vital to success in Nagy's system. It's an offense that takes the thousand little cuts approach, slicing up a defense with quick passes, sometimes out of run action that can double as an option or run-pass option.

In fact, it's not all that different from what Doug Pederson was scheming for Nick Foles during Philadelphia's Super Bowl run. It shouldn't come as a surprise, considering Pederson learned under Reid, just as Nagy did. Yes, the Andy Reid coaching tree is growing new branches.

Smith found his greatest success in Reid's system in the eighth year of his career. Trubisky won't have to wait that long to learn a similar offense in Chicago. Armed with a much-improved cast of targets, he's positioned to enjoy substantial improvement in the next year or two.

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Bears produced two of NFL's top trick plays

Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer

Top 10 trick plays according to NFL.com

The Bears are well-represented in NFL.com's list of the top 10 trick plays of the 2017 season.

Checking in at No. 6 is a two-point conversion last Oct. 9 against the Vikings that began and ended with the ball in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's hands.

Lining up in the shotgun, Trubisky took the snap and handed off to running back Jordan Howard, who then gave the ball to tight end Zach Miller. Miller, who played quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, pitched the ball over Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to Trubisky, who jogged into the end zone.

"That's fun," Miller said after the game. "That takes me back to my college days. Great call and design, really just great execution for all of us across the board."

Miller was also involved in the No. 9 trick play, hauling in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tarik Cohen on a halfback option last Oct. 15 against the Ravens. In the process, Cohen became the first Bears rookie running back to throw a TD pass since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

NFL.com's No. 1 trick play was produced by current Bears tight end Trey Burton. Playing for the Eagles in the Super Bowl in Minnesota, Burton, took a pitch from running back Corey Clement and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles on fourth-and-goal, helping Philadelphia defeat the New England Patriots.

Ironically, the Bears ran the play in the same stadium and even in the same end zone in the 2016 season finale against the Vikings. Running back Jeremy Langford took the direct snap and pitched the ball to receiver Cameron Meredith, who threw it to quarterback Matt Barkley for a touchdown.

"There's several different variations of that play that we've seen people run," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said after the Super Bowl. "We were in particular copying the Bears' version of it."

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

Bears produced two of NFL's top trick plays

Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer

Top 10 trick plays according to NFL.com

The Bears are well-represented in NFL.com's list of the top 10 trick plays of the 2017 season.

Checking in at No. 6 is a two-point conversion last Oct. 9 against the Vikings that began and ended with the ball in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's hands.

Lining up in the shotgun, Trubisky took the snap and handed off to running back Jordan Howard, who then gave the ball to tight end Zach Miller. Miller, who played quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, pitched the ball over Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to Trubisky, who jogged into the end zone.

"That's fun," Miller said after the game. "That takes me back to my college days. Great call and design, really just great execution for all of us across the board."

Miller was also involved in the No. 9 trick play, hauling in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tarik Cohen on a halfback option last Oct. 15 against the Ravens. In the process, Cohen became the first Bears rookie running back to throw a TD pass since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

NFL.com's No. 1 trick play was produced by current Bears tight end Trey Burton. Playing for the Eagles in the Super Bowl in Minnesota, Burton, took a pitch from running back Corey Clement and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles on fourth-and-goal, helping Philadelphia defeat the New England Patriots.

Ironically, the Bears ran the play in the same stadium and even in the same end zone in the 2016 season finale against the Vikings. Running back Jeremy Langford took the direct snap and pitched the ball to receiver Cameron Meredith, who threw it to quarterback Matt Barkley for a touchdown.

"There's several different variations of that play that we've seen people run," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said after the Super Bowl. "We were in particular copying the Bears' version of it."

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Almost makes you wish we had Loggains back. . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

Bears produced two of NFL's top trick plays

Larry Mayer Bears Senior Writer

Top 10 trick plays according to NFL.com

The Bears are well-represented in NFL.com's list of the top 10 trick plays of the 2017 season.

Checking in at No. 6 is a two-point conversion last Oct. 9 against the Vikings that began and ended with the ball in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's hands.

Lining up in the shotgun, Trubisky took the snap and handed off to running back Jordan Howard, who then gave the ball to tight end Zach Miller. Miller, who played quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, pitched the ball over Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to Trubisky, who jogged into the end zone.

"That's fun," Miller said after the game. "That takes me back to my college days. Great call and design, really just great execution for all of us across the board."

Miller was also involved in the No. 9 trick play, hauling in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tarik Cohen on a halfback option last Oct. 15 against the Ravens. In the process, Cohen became the first Bears rookie running back to throw a TD pass since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

NFL.com's No. 1 trick play was produced by current Bears tight end Trey Burton. Playing for the Eagles in the Super Bowl in Minnesota, Burton, took a pitch from running back Corey Clement and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles on fourth-and-goal, helping Philadelphia defeat the New England Patriots.

Ironically, the Bears ran the play in the same stadium and even in the same end zone in the 2016 season finale against the Vikings. Running back Jeremy Langford took the direct snap and pitched the ball to receiver Cameron Meredith, who threw it to quarterback Matt Barkley for a touchdown.

"There's several different variations of that play that we've seen people run," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said after the Super Bowl. "We were in particular copying the Bears' version of it."

Almost makes you wish we had Loggains back. . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Few saw the magic run from the Loyola Chicago Ramblers coming in this year's March Madness tournament. The group of underdogs fought their way to the Final Four as an 11 seed, only to lose to Michigan in San Antonio. In the city of Chicago, there is hope that some of that magic will rub off on the upstart Chicago Bears. In a piece for NFL.com, Adam Schein believes the Bears will be this year's version of the Loyola Ramblers in the NFL... but he does have some stipulations.

First, he says, "I'm not guaranteeing that the Bears will make the playoffs this season. I do have a brain, and the NFC is loaded. But yet, Jim Carrey, I'm absolutely telling you there's a chance."

It is interesting for him to initially label Chicago as a Cinderella team, but then say he does not guarantee they make the playoffs. So which is it? Are they are Cinderella team or not? Because by definition, in order to be like the Ramblers, the Bears will need to defy all odds and put together a playoff run in Matt Nagy's first season as the head coach. Schein then went a little further to explain why he chose the Bears.

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"Let's start with a crucial change at the top. John Fox is gone. Enter Matt Nagy, who's set to play the role of Sean McVay to Fox's Jeff Fisher. Now, being fair to the reigning AP Coach of the Year, there's only one Sean McVay. But I love the idea of getting an offensive guru in the big chair to clean up after Fox. Nagy will develop Trubisky in Year 2 like McVay did with Jared Goff. The Bears' offensive coaching staff was stuck in the mud last season. This is a big upgrade. Last year, I loved Doug Marrone and Co. in in Jacksonville, as well as McVay's all-star group in L.A. Chicago assembled a difference-making staff this offseason. Harry Hiestand is an elite offensive line coach. Mark Helfrich is a creative offensive mind. I expect Trubisky's sophomore season to sizzle with these guys manning the controls. And retaining Vic Fangio was a coup, akin to McVay getting Wade Phillips. Fangio is one of the top-tier defensive coordinators in the game today."

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