It’s been a whirlwind of changes in the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff with a Week 1 change as the team rolled with new head coach Matt Nagy. During Wednesday’s departure to San Francisco for the Bears’ preseason opener, general manager Ryan Pace confirmed that top defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will continue on for this year — this time with the Bears under Nagy.
But right now, Nagy and the rest of the offensive staff face criticism due to the team’s mediocre second-round draft pick, Mitch Trubisky. Still, offensive guard Kyle Long says the talk of bad morale on Nagy’s part is overblown, and he’s just glad Trubisky will get a fair chance to grow at the end of training camp.
“We’re happy for him, we’re excited for him,” Long said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like anybody is happy for him or on his side, because he’s our starter. But no matter what it is, he’s going to have all the support he needs. We’re going to have to battle, he’s going to have to battle for every single rep, every single rep, every single rep. The greatest thing about our offense, besides the fact that we have a chance to be really good, is we know we have somebody at quarterback that’s going to battle every single day. We’ve got guys that are going to battle and claw for him every single day.”
“We just want to go out there and play and compete,” Long added. “That’s what we come to work for, and that’s what we come to the games for.”
Long also took the time to address the “rat race” in the league, which he said is natural for all players to hear about.
“This is a roller-coaster league, we all understand that,” Long said. “From preseason to everything during the year, it’s like a marathon. Everyone needs to be healthy and ready to go throughout the whole season, so I think the only thing that’s crazy is that it’s supposed to be life-long.”
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