The Bears have named Mark Helfrich their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Helfrich spent 4 seasons as Chip Kelly's OC at Oregon before serving as the Ducks' HC from 2013-2016. While HC Matt Nagy will call plays for the Bears, Helfrich should bring some tempo and creativity to the offense. We like the coaching staff Chicago is putting together for QB Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears have named Matt Nagy their new HC. Nagy won't turn 40 until April 24, but he has spent the past 10 years coaching under Andy Reid, dating back to their time in Philadelphia. Nagy spent 4 years as the QBs coach in Kansas City before taking over as OC in 2017. After 4 straight years of finishing 20th or lower in yards, the Chiefs leaped to 5th in the league this season. They also matched their 6th-place scoring finish from 2013, the best mark since Reid arrived. Nagy inherits a young Bears offense with a QB drafted 3rd overall last April, a young pair of RBs and WRs Cameron Meredith and Kevin White coming off injuries. There's upside here for fantasy football drafters. We'll watch for Nagy to fill out his staff and offer any clues about his plans for the Chicago offense.
The Bears have fired HC John Fox. He went 14-34 in 3 seasons in Chicago, finishing last in the NFC North all 3 years. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears are looking for an offensive mind to replace Fox and work with QB Mitchell Trubisky.
ESPN's Dan Graziano and Adam Schefter report that the Bears will start QB Mitchell Trubisky in next Monday night's game against the Vikings. So the plan to let the rookie redshirt this season lasted 4 weeks. QB Mike Glennon has been a turnover machine, tossing 5 INTs and losing 3 fumbles in 4 games. There will be a learning curve for Trubisky, but he looked excellent this preseason, completing 36 of 53 passes (67.9%) for 364 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. He also added 48 yards on the ground. Trubisky won't be a Week 5 fantasy option, but he can only help this Bears offense going forward.
Bears QB Mike Glennon rebounded statistically in Saturday's 2nd preseason game, including a TD pass to WR Kendall Wright late in the 2nd quarter. But that followed a drive-killing, 1st-quarter INT in the red zone and another pass that should have been picked. Glennon finished 13-of-18 for 80 yards -- better than his 2-of-9 1st outing. Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, meanwhile, again followed #2 QB Mark Sanchez into the game. Trubisky completed 6 of 8 passes for 60 yards and a TD to Benny Cunningham. Trubisky also avoided an INT on a ball that should have been picked. We'll see if anything changes with the QB order in the "dress rehearsal" 3rd preseason game, but Chicago looks like it'll head into the year with a shaky Glennon under center.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky connected on 18 of 25 attempts for 166 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs in his preseason debut against the Broncos on Thursday night. He added 38 yards on 3 carries -- a reminder of his underrated athleticism. All of Trubisky's work came with backups. QB Mike Glennon worked with the starters ... and completed 2 of 8 passes with a pick-6. A few more nights like this and Chicago's plan to redshirt Trubisky this season will go up in flames. We're expecting the rookie to make multiple starts this year.
The Bears' plan is to start QB Mike Glennon all season, according to insider Rich Campbell. It makes sense, at least in theory. Chicago is paying Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed, while rookie Mitchell Trubisky enters the league after making just 13 college starts. Campbell also insinuated that the 1st-rounder struggled in spring practices. Of course, the calls for the rook will be loud if Glennon struggles at all. We're still betting on Trubisky making starts this year, but he's not worth a roster spot in redraft leagues. (Neither is Glennon, outside of 2-QB leagues.)
Bears GM Ryan Pace did the obligatory on Friday, calling veteran QB Mike Glennon his team's starter. "Mitch is here to develop," Pace said of the man he traded up a spot in Thursday night's 1st round to secure. We buy this more than the Texans saying Tom Savage will start in 2017. Glennon has at least had some NFL success and will make $16 million this year. Trubisky is clearly Chicago's future, though, and we'd still bet on him making starts at some point this season.
The Bears traded up 1 spot to #2 overall to select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. The 22-year-old sat behind Marquise Williams in his first 2 years at Chapel Hill and has just 13 college starts under his belt — the fewest for any 1st-round QB in the last 10 years. He was impressive in 2016, though, completing 68% of his passes with 30 TDs and just 6 INTs. The film shows nice accuracy and plenty of arm strength. Trubisky is also a plus athlete, registering a 68th percentile SPARQ score. The inexperience is the biggest concern, especially considering North Carolina ran a shotgun-heavy scheme. In Chicago, he could sit a year behind QB Mike Glennon, who signed what's essentially a 1-year deal with the Bears in free agency. Trubisky is a strong favorite to be under center by 2018, when he figures to be throwing to WRs Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
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