Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace shelled out some serious moolah to upgrade the passing game targets for Mitch Trubisky. And yet, one NFL analyst believes in the power of a player who isn’t projected to take any meaningful snaps in 2017.
Over at NFL.com, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks calls backup quarterback Chase Daniel the most underrated acquisition of a busy Bears offseason.
“If Daniel can teach Trubisky how to drive the Bears’ new Ferrari, he’s worth every penny of the two-year, $10 million deal that he inked as the team’s new QB2,” Brooks writes. “In fact, he might be the most important piece of this brilliant free-agent puzzle Pace assembled this offseason.”
That’s saying something after watching the Bears indulge in the deep end of the pool during the first wave of free agency. The team spent more than $60 million in guarantees to Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton to create a new dynamic on offense. Robinson is the new ace receiver, Gabriel is a speed merchant and a constant threat to go deep, and Burton is a complementary tight end who adds to that group’s flexibility.
But I suppose Daniel sharing his knowledge of Matt Nagy’s system to the point where Trubisky knows it like the back of his hand and executes on the field, then that is more valuable than anything Daniel could have done between the white lines.
After soaking in all that Mark Sanchez had to offer in 2017, Trubisky now has Daniel sliding into a role as a mentor that could prove to be critical in the second-year quarterback taking the next step in his development. Daniel arrives in Chicago as a well-seasoned veteran who served as a backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans and Alex Smith in Kansas City. He also knows what it looks like to be behind a developing top draft pick having played a year behind Carson Wentz in 2014.
The start of the Bears’ offseason put their starting quarterback in a better position to succeed. With new players and a new offensive philosophy, it’s possible that the X-factor could be words of wisdom and a guiding light from a career backup. Every little bit helps, I suppose.