Nagy: Trubisky Ready For Maturation Process

"We just want him to control what he can control," Matt Nagy says.

Chris Emma
July 20, 2018 - 10:45 am
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Now entering his first training camp as the Bears' starting quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky has spent the last seven months gaining a familiarity with new coach Matt Nagy and his offense.

It has been a diligent process for Trubisky that has included long hours at Halas Hall and many more with his head buried in the playbook. The goal was to have it all mastered by Friday afternoon, which marks the first practice of training camp at Olivet Nazarene.

"We're going to create our own identity, and it's going to be something the Chicago Bears haven't seen for a while," Trubisky said Thursday, days after an early arrival on campus.

This is a different camp for Trubisky from a year ago. A rookie last summer, he arrived in Bourbonnais as the second overall pick and third-string quarterback behind veterans Mike Glennon -- anointed the starter upon his signing that March -- and Mark Sanchez. 

The circumstances were more awkward than challenging as Trubisky showed growth that eventually challenged Glennon and earned himself the starting nod (combined, of course, with Glennon's poor play).

This summer, Trubisky not only has a different role as the starter and leader of this team, but he also must continue absorbing the complex offense and coaching of Nagy.

"We’re teachers on that field," Nagy said. "We’re not yellers and screamers. That’s not how we teach that position. We coach them and then we try to teach them on the whys. I don’t like the word expectations. That gets used a lot with players, with teams, etc. For him, we just want him to control what he can control, listen to what we’re teaching him and then go out there and play. 

"Mitch can handle all of it. He’s a very mature kid for that age. We understand that. And he does not want us to pull back on him because of that. He wants us to load him up, see what he can handle, and that’s what we’ve done.”

The Bears concluded their offseason program in early June to the liking of Nagy, learning their new offense in a controlled setting and at less than full speed during practices at Halas Hall. The pace will ramp up now.

Nagy is making training camp different, planning physical practices and a platform on which his team can become "callous" for the season. It will test what Trubisky and the Bears gained from the offseason.

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