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'You can sense it. You can feel it.' A closer look at the Bears quarterback competition and the dynamics for 2020

Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune on

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Demonstrating an ability to bounce back from a bad day, Nagy said, also will be crucial.

-- Fresh face

New quarterbacks coach DeFilippo is expected to bring an energized yet demanding demeanor to the room. Nagy believes DeFilippo's emphasis on fundamentals will be a plus for both Trubisky and Foles and his assertiveness in the teaching process will be noticeable.

"Sometimes you can say we're going to take the gloves off and we're going to get at it now," Nagy said. "And I think Flip has that in his DNA. You'll see that and you'll take notice of that."

Earlier this offseason, DeFilippo said he wants his quarterbacks to play with "juice" and exhibit a blend of "passion, energy and swagger." He also offered his definition of command at the position.

"Number one," he said, "you need to have command of yourself in terms of the quarterback lifestyle we always talk about. (It's) living, breathing, eating, sleeping football. Number two, you need to have command of the offense and the scheme, knowing what the coaches are asking you to do. Playing within yourself. Then thirdly you need to have command of the team in some fashion."

-- You should know

In Trubisky's 42 NFL starts including the playoffs, the Bears offense has topped 20 points only 13 times, a rate of 31%. For a quarterback drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2017, Trubisky's inability to consistently ignite the offense has been problematic and now puts him in a fight for his future in Chicago. Last season the Bears finished in the bottom five of the NFL in total offense (296.8 yards per game) and scoring (17.5 points per game) and dead last in passing yards per play (5.67).

 

-- Quote of note

"If one of the quarterbacks is stinking it up and he's playing like crap, we're going to tell you you're playing like crap. And we're going to tell you that in front of the other one. They're both going to know when someone's playing good and someone's playing bad. So when the time comes when we inevitably need to make a decision (on the starter), trust me, it's not going to be a surprise." -- Nagy on the quarterback competition

-- Big number: 25

Over the last 20 seasons, the Bears have had 25 quarterbacks make at least one start, second in the NFL behind the Browns (30). The Bears have used 11 different Week 1 starters in that span. Only the Browns (16) and Redskins (12) have had more. Both numbers could tick upward for the Bears as soon as next month.

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