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Jared Goff says he plans to room with Mitch Trubisky this offseason

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As Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky navigates his first full NFL offseason, he'll have company from a player who was in his shoes a year ago.

Trubisky is going to room this offseason with Rams quarterback Jared Goff in Newport Beach, Calif., Goff told Barstool Radio while making the rounds this week at Super Bowl radio row in Minneapolis.

Goff, who recently wrapped up his second season after being drafted No. 1 in 2016, told the Barstool hosts he became acquainted with Trubisky through their mutual agent. They decided to stay together as they train in California.

"I'm excited to spend some time with him, get down to Newport, hang out on the beach a little bit," Goff said. "It was an agent thing. We met through the process."

Some have suggested Goff's growth from his first year to his second after Sean McVay took over as Rams coach could provide an example of how the Bears and Trubisky can make strides in their first season under coach Matt Nagy.

Trubisky completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games as a rookie with the 5-11 Bears. He'll have to learn how to operate in a new offense under Nagy and coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Goff went through a similar experience over the last two seasons.

In seven starts in 2016 -- all Rams losses -- Goff completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. In 15 games in 2017 under the new coaching staff, he completed 62.1 percent for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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The Rams improved from 4-12 to an 11-5 playoff team in one year.

"I don't think I ever lost confidence," Goff said of his first season. "I only played like seven games. Sure, it was rough, but I didn't try to get too down on myself and knew I had a long career ahead."

Goff told the Tribune's Rich Campbell in December that he believes Trubisky can find similar success in his second season.

"He has all the talent in the world," Goff said. "Has the work ethic. He's young, but he's mature. He understands this (season) isn't his whole career right now. He has time to grow and mature. He's very similar to how I felt about it last year. Don't let this define you, by any means."

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