Bears offensive guard Kyle Long indicated that quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be able to "showcase his skills" more in 2018.
“My little boy is becoming a man,” Long said. “They’ve taken the training wheels off of Mitch’s little bike. So he’s going to be able to do some things creatively and get to showcase his skills a little bit more in an open range. We’re excited to see him.”
It would not take much for the Bears to ask Trubisky to do more than he did in 2017 under John Fox, who famously had the rookie quarterback throw the ball just seven times in a win against Carolina. Still, it is encouraging to hear from a player in the offense that new head coach Matt Nagy is willing to open things up.
Considering the backgrounds of both Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, expect the Bears to showcase a lot more spread-based concepts in 2018. With the added weaponry of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller this offseason, Trubisky will likely be a priority streamer and sleeper candidate.