On this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Danny Parkins (670 The Score) and Seth Gruen (“Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast) join David Kaplan on the panel.
The guys discuss Zach Miller’s medical emergency, and Jerrell Freeman’s 10-game suspension. Plus, could Ryan Pace regret not drafting Deshaun Watson and does Notre Dame have a good chance to make the College Football Playoff?
Matt Nagy kicked off his tenure with the Chicago Bears Friday in the first practice of his first-ever training camp as a head coach.
The weather didn't exactly cooperate for Nagy, who decided the Bears would run through the entire session outdoors despite periodic downpours.
"You don’t want to have that mentality where you just always try to have perfect weather,” he said. "That’s not realistic. Whether it’s the wind, which can be just as bad as the rain, rain, snow, I mean, we’re in Chicago, so that’s something we need to take into account."
While Nagy certainly has a point, Bears fans are scarred by practice-field injuries this time of year. A wet field can lead to slips and slides that turn into pulls and strains.
"In the summertime, you like have your first practice and have the sun, but it didn’t happen and that’s OK.”
The Bears held Danny Trevathan and Sherrick McManis out of practice because of hamstring injuries, neither of which are considered serious. Allowing either of them to practice on a wet field wouldn't have been the smartest idea and likely played a big part in keeping them sidelined.
Welcome to the Nagy era, one in which neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will force the team indoors.
Kyle Long is healthy and was back to doing what he loves on Friday as the Chicago Bears kicked off training camp with the first practice session of the summer.
"I got to hit other guys, and that was fun," Long said after practice.
Long, who's one of the most recognizable players on the Bears and the team's most outspoken personality on social media, confirmed Friday that the locker room now belongs to quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
"He's really taking ownership of this locker room. It's not something that's forced; it's organic. The guys believe in him. We're lucky to have him."
Long joked that Trubisky's maturation included a beard and a deeper voice.
"He’s a grown man now. He’s got some facial hair. He has some bass in his voice."
Trubisky's growth on the field will be just as important as what he's done off of it since January.
There will be a few bumps in the road early in training camp. Defense is usually ahead of the offense for the first week or so. Combine that with Trubisky learning a new system, and the first few days will probably have more negative than positive offensive reviews.
And that's where the confidence Long is talking about is so important. If the team believes in Trubisky, he'll have the opportunity to work through the lows and get the offense where it needs to be by Week 1 without any locker room whispers.
With Long watching his back (both on and off the field), Trubisky will be just fine.