The Chicago Bears started the organized team activities (OTAs) portion of their offseason training program on Wednesday. While this is technically a “voluntary” set of practices, this is the first time that both the veterans and rookies will be on the same field together. This week’s session will go until Friday with two more sessions to take place before June 1. First-year head coach Matt Nagy will finally start to put the pieces together as the march to training camp hits full throttle. Here are five specific details to pay attention to during OTAs
1 Matt Nagy can begin to install his offense
Ever since he was hired we’ve heard all about how the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator is a mastermind when it comes to play-calling and game scripts. Now Nagy gets the chance to start sharing his playbook with his players. With all of the personnel changes on offense that happened this offseason, Nagy finally gets a chance to start putting the pieces together.
2. Vic Fangio has plenty of new faces to acclimate into his defense
During the offseason, Bears general manager Ryan Pace made plenty of moves in both free agency and the draft for the defensive side of the ball. Now it’s up to Fangio to teach the new guys the ways of his 3-4 alignment. Fangio has proven time and time again that he can mold anybody into his defensive schemes.
3. The continued growth of Mitchell Trubisky
The second-year quarterback now has full command of the offense after “learning” under Mike Glennon during last year’s OTAs. With upgrades at wide receiver and tight end, a rebuilt offensive line, and a stable group of running backs, all Trubisky has to do is follow Nagy’s lead in order to get the Bears’ offense back on track.
4. Welcome to the NFL rookies
The rookie minicamp was more of an audition than anything else. Now the Bears’ newest additions will really have to prove themselves as they mesh with the veterans and learn the playbooks. For some of these rookies, roster spots come September are on the line.
5. It’s a fresh start for everyone
With a new coaching staff and some new faces on the team, the Bears are officially ready to move on from the failed tenures of both John Fox and his predecessor, Marc Trestman. There is plenty of excitement and anticipation surrounding the Bears this year as Nagy has given this team an energy not seen since the Lovie Smith era. Although the Bears still have a ways to go, it’s good to see that there are more positive vibes around the franchise compared to this time last year.
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He’s also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He’s a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.