Bears’ QB bullish on offense’s progress with training camp up next
Mitch Trubisky can’t wait to get started.
The Bears’ quarterback will take a five-week break from football activity after the conclusion of the veteran mini-camp and the offseason program Thursday at Halas Hall. But he’s ready for training camp now. If he woke up today and it was July 22 — his reporting date in Bourbonnais — he’d take it.
“Perfectly fine with that,” Trubisky said.
So while everyone needs to get a little break prior to the start of the grind of an NFL season, football and preparing for a much-anticipated season will still be a big part of Trubisky’s “vacation.”
“Absolutely,” he said prior to Thursday’s practice. “I’m thinking about football all the time. … This is what I love to do. This is what I look forward to doing. To have that mind-set to get to where we want to go — the goals we have set this year — we want to practice all the time, get better, be around the guys, hang out and just play ball.
“We’re living the dream, obviously, being able to come to work today and play football. For me, you just get to relax and take care of the body a little bit. But I’m always thinking about football and reporting to training camp July 22.”
While the experience from last season is the foundation of the quantum leap the offense is expected to take in Year 2 of Matt Nagy’s offense, Trubisky’s drive and focus are the catalyst. And he is driven to succeed like a quarterback should be.
“I don’t want to call it OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder], but ask him about his schedule,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I think he has it down to the minute for the offseason. Because I was asking him about coming to my camp and he said, ‘Let me check my calendar.’ And he was like, ‘Monday, 8:30, 9:00 and he’s going through everything. That was pretty interesting.”
Amid high expectations, Trubisky was pleased with the progress he’s made in the offseason program.
“I’ve got a lot better grasp of the offense,” he said. “We’re way ahead as far as timing, operation, getting to the line of scrimmage, getting in and out, adjustment on all of our plays and just knowing where to go with the football — especially against all of these different looks the defense is throwing at us. I feel we’ve done really well. I feel like I have improved my game. We just have to keep getting better.”
His teammates have noticed the difference.
‘I’m an offensive lineman, so I don’t know much about quarterback,” guard Kyle Long said. “But I will say that his command in the huddle, his ability to kee[p us on task with tempo [is the biggest area of growth].”
“It’s confidence,” wide receiver Taylor Gabriel said. “Mitch is confident back there. He’s confident in switching the play calls. We’ve got a lot of double moves …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times