Behind every good, young NFL quarterback there is a solid veteran who’s willing to mentor him. For the Bears and Mitchell Trubisky that veteran is Chase Daniel.
Daniel is a ten-year veteran who has played with the Chiefs, Eagles and the Saints. If all goes well Daniel won’t see the field during the regular season this year, but he’s a valuable asset. He worked under Matt Nagy while with the Chiefs, so he knows Nagy’s offense inside and out.
“I know exactly what the offense is,” Daniel told reporters this week in Bourbonnais. “I’ve been in it for five, six years now. It’s a very, like I’ve said before quarterback-centric offense and Nagy puts a lot of stuff on the quarterback.”
Stuff that Daniel can help Mitchell Trubisky absorb. At this stage of his career Daniel has no problem with being a backup quarterback. He’s also comfortable with his other role of being a mentor to Mitchell Trubisky in this new offense.
“That’s very important to me,” says Daniel. “Mitch is such a great guy. Away from football we’re friends first and foremost and so our relationship is great and I do, I do enjoy mentoring and giving back as much of my knowledge as possible.”
Daniel has worked alongside some impressive quarterbacks in his career….Drew Brees and Alex Smith to name a couple. He learned from them and what he learned he’ll gladly pass on. Two years ago in Phildelphia he helped mentor then rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.
“I sort of learned when to step in and when not to step in (with advice for Wentz),” says Daniel. “Mitch I think likes me to step in a little more because he definitely understands I’ve been in this offense. I’m not trying to step on toes too much, but when he wants it I’m going to give him some advice.”