Hearing someone complete a sentence is hard enough on Zoom, so try and imagine what it'd be like to run a quarterback competition.
That's where the Bears find themselves this offseason, and though the group has spent plenty of hours together virtually, Matt Nagy admitted that the already-infamous QB Battle of 2020 hasn't actually gotten started yet.
"Yeah, there’s no competition going on right now over Zoom, you know," Nagy told reporters on Friday afternoon. "That’s certainly a fair question. That part, I think what those guys are doing right now is they personally, including Tyler, they’re all building up their mental capacity within this offense as to what they like.
"... there’s no real [need] to say the competition has started right now, but when we do get out on the field – depending on when that is – that’s where we are going to have to be really good as coaches in making sure that we provide the best way possible to make it as fair as possible – to where we can evaluate and they can go out and get the exact same reps in the exact same environment so that we can hopefully make a decision off of that."
While it's been tough to miss out on crucial on-field hours (especially for rookies), Nagy mentioned that the time away from Halas Hall has given the team an opportunity to get into the deeply intricate details of the offense, and both quarterbacks have responded well so far.
"When you have two good people like we do in Mitchell and Nick, it makes these types of decisions and conversations a lot easier to have because they’re competitive as hell," Nagy added. "They want the best for the Bears, and they’re going to fight their tails off to do that. I think that’s the beauty of it."
JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Adam Hoge debate and discuss which quarterback GM Ryan Pace should have gone after this offseason.
Later, they discuss hurdles the NFL still has to go through in order to start the season, and also dive into Jay Cutler's chicken mystery.
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(7:47) - Is Cam Newton's upside bigger than Foles'?
(18:00) - What can the NFL learn from MLB's return-to-play plan?
(30:23) - NFL will shorten the preseason to two games
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(45:13) - Jay Cutler's missing chickens
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The failures of former Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd have been well documented. His inability to develop into the kind of pass rusher GM Ryan Pace was expecting when he selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2016 forced Chicago to make a massive investment in the position this offseason when they signed Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal.
The Bears' decision to move on from Floyd was the result of his absolute failure to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. He managed just 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Chicago, including a career-low three in 2019.
Quinn represents a massive upgrade opposite Khalil Mack, and he told Terrell Owens on the 'Getcha Popcorn Ready' podcast that he wants to be the missing piece on what could be a championship-caliber defense.
"They already have the talent there," Quinn said of the Bears defense. "I'm just trying to bring the icing on the cake. I believe in my talents. I know what I bring to the table and again I know what they had there already.
"I think with that formula, we can do something special this year."
Quinn had a bounce-back season in 2019 with the Cowboys when he registered 11.5 sacks. It was his first season with more than 10 sacks since 2014, but it wasn't a fluke. Quinn's battled injuries over the last few years (which is obviously a concern moving forward), but when healthy, he's one of the game's top sack artists.
Quinn had a remarkable 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams.
Quinn's presence off the edge will be a boon for Mack, who's coming off his worst season since his rookie year. His 8.5 sacks broke his streak of four-straight seasons with 10.5 sacks or more. Mack's down season was proof that he isn't Superman, although he sometimes plays like it, and that he needs a complementary edge rusher who can take some focus of pass protection away from him. Quinn will be that guy.
The only thing that will prevent Quinn from making a massive impact with the Bears is his health. He's played a full 16 games just once in the last five years; he appeared in 14 games in 2019.