I know the fan base’s gut reaction will be negative, but Matt Nagy and the Bears have decided cut their virtual offseason short. Adam Hoge elaborates in the twitter thread below.
This isn’t the end of the world, and if the Bears offense isn’t in ‘rhythm’ by week 8 this season, cutting the virtual offseason short won’t be the reason for it. Last year, everyone felt that if the offense played their 5-10 series in the preseason, then they would have had offensive rhythm to start the season. The only issue with that thinking is that the Bears offense never truly found rhythm consistently in 2019. They had plenty of time to work out the kinks and never did. So any lack of offense in 2020 shouldn’t be attributed to cutting voluntary virtual meetings short.
The truth is, only so much of the playbook can be taught without actually getting on the field. Even walk throughs can help players understand their assignments better than a virtual class setting. In walk throughs, offensive lineman can be corrected on angles/head placement in blocks, and receivers can be corrected on those slight adjustments needed for routes to be crisp. Matt Nagy and his assistants feel that they have exhausted the mental prep via virtual meetings, and now they’re giving the players more time to focus on physical conditioning.
As of now, everything seems to be full go for training camp, and thats what is most important. Mitchell Trubisky should have the edge in the quarterback competition. He has chemistry with Allen Robinson, and they’ve been doing on-field work together since its been considered safe to do so. Nick Foles still hasn’t thrown a pass to any of the current Bears wide receivers, but from what we’ve been told, he has a firm grasp of the playbook. However, as I mentioned before, only so much can be learned in a class room format.