Bears' Chase Daniel Eager To Help Mitchell Trubisky Grow

The Bears signed Daniel to a two-year deal last week.

Chris Emma
March 21, 2018 - 11:27 am
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By Chris Emma--

(670 The Score) Chase Daniel arrived in New Orleans back in 2009 off the recommendation of Ryan Pace and quickly found a place with the Saints.

There was Drew Brees, the future Hall of Famer, as the franchise quarterback and a star in New Orleans. Daniel was an undrafted free agent out of Missouri with aspirations to be a starter some day -- that's natural for any competitor -- but found that his place supporting Brees was most valuable for the team.

"Your No. 1 job in that room is to get the starter ready," Daniel said. "No matter what. Because that's a hallmark for me of a good quarterback. Whatever it takes, whatever the starter wants to do, you have to conform to that. I've been with a lot of different guys that do things a lot of different ways. Luckily, I've been with Drew Brees going on five years of my career. I learned how to do things in a manner, and that's what I plan on doing here."

Daniel, 31, signed a two-year deal with the Bears last week holding the same objectives in mind. He has played nine years in the NFL and started just two games, but his place in a quarterback room is valued. 

Now, Daniel wants to be a valuable resource for 23-year-old Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. From their shared time together in Kansas City, new Bears coach Matt Nagy saw first-hand what Daniel brings to the quarterbacks room.

That relationship with Nagy proved to be a deciding factor for Daniel, who had multiple offers on the table.

"At the end of the day, yes, the money was good, but it came down to my relationship with Matt," Daniel said. "Just everything he has meant to me, how he helped me further my career."

Daniel is prepared to be what he described as "a sounding board" for Trubisky, helping relay the language and details of Nagy's offense. Essentially, Daniel will be an extension of the coaching staff in a backup quarterback. While Mark Sanchez was a good veteran presence for Trubisky last year, Daniel has valuable experience with Nagy that can help Trubisky along in his second season and first year with a new coach.

While Daniel will be ready if called upon, he knows the first obligation is with Trubisky and helping him become better in this offense.

"It's not just go out there and throw to the open guy," Daniel said. "I mean, we're going to spend a lot of time in the classroom, a lot of time in walk-throughs, a lot of time just going through the specifics of this offense. 

"It's very quarterback-intensive, and as a quarterback we're supposed to know that stuff. I'm looking forward to teaching Mitchell."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.