Multiple Chicago Bears players met with the media today, and Roquan Smith was full of hype. Reporters asked him the usual questions about adjusting to a new head coach in Matt Eberflus and how the offseason is going. But what really struck home is his plan to stay with the Bears long-term.
Reporters asked several times about how Roquan compares himself to the other linebackers in the league, considered by most to be the best. He insisted that isn't what drives him and when it comes to contracts and being his own agent, it's personal. Smith also says that he would rather get the Chicago Bears a win over sacks and tackles.
Furthermore, he states that his personal goal for 2022 is to be the best linebacker in the league. Roquan mentioned that if he can do that, he will put the Bears in the best possible position to win that he can. But it would also help him secure that long-term contract that he desires to remain on the Chicago Bears.
Roquan Smith: Chicago Bears Defensive Leader and Key To Transitional Success
When asked about his first impressions of Matt Eberflus' new defense, Roquan Smith said plainly: speed. They're going to run to the ball, let the playmakers make plays, and have everyone hustling. When it comes to takeaways, he knows it won't be easy but they're willing to do whatever it takes to get them.
"It's a heck of an opportunity to lead these guys during this transitional period... There's always room for improvement on something like route-recognition."
- Roquan Smith on learning new head coach Matt Eberflus' defense and leading the group
Lastly, Roquan Smith is excited to play with newly acquired linebacker Nicholas Morrow. He says it's nice to have another country boy and that Morrow is fast. He looks forward to playing with him and appreciates his communication skills.