Earlier today the Chicago Bears made wide receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller available to the media and both dished on several topics, but they fielded several questions on the quarterback battle between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles.
“He’s a really good teammate, he’s a competitor, just an all around good player,” Robinson said about Foles. “I kind of said it in the spring and summer, you’re bringing high character guys into the locker room and that’s always a good thing for the team. So for us it’s just about going out there and executing no matter who’s under center and just trying to make plays.”
Considering Robinson has been very supportive of Trubisky in the past, he was asked about any awkwardness with Foles now competing for the job and deciding on which QB is best for him, but he dismissed that fairly quick. “Nah, at the end of the day it’s not about who is best for me, it’s about what’s best for the team, so it’s never awkward or anything like that. Like I said before, both of those guys are great teammates.”
“I’ve played with Mitch now for three years — well this will be the third year — and as far as meeting Nick recently, hearing a lot of different things from him, being around him, he’s also a good teammate, and I think that’s what makes this competition a little bit different.”
He did spend time working out with Trubisky this offseason, but he didn’t want to get into any specifics on the improved mechanics from Mitch, however he did share some impressions from the workouts. “I’m not a quarterback coach,” Robinson said, “but just as far as how you see him move around and how he throws the ball as far as just being more confident in everything.”
“As you’re going into your fourth year, the more football that you play you’re able to slow the game down, you’re able to slow a lot of things down. I can only imagine from a quarterback level, because there’s a lot more going on rather than just running routes, and looking at leverages, and corner’s coverages, and stuff like that.”
“A big portion of this game is mental, and the more mental acumen that you can have on that field in between those lines, and the more information that you can retain and keep, that helps you play a lot faster,” Robinson continued. “And as far as Mitch, you can just tell when he steps on to the field, the things that he sees and stuff like that happens a lot faster.”
Miller was equally as diplomatic when talking about his two quarterbacks, saying he’s been impressed with both of them so far, and when asked what he’s looking for in a week one QB he said, “I just want a guy that takes control, makes the right decisions when it’s time for him to make them, and he’s a leader out there. That’s what we need at that position, and both guys are working really hard out there, even in walk-throughs they’re doing all sorts of game reps and they’re really getting it in over there.”
“This is going to be an interesting competition to see and the best man is going to get the job.”
Since Foles is the new guy, Miller was asked his early impressions of him. “You can definitely tell that Nick has been playing this game for a long time, and he knows this offense very well. He’s very detailed in practice, you can catch him in the back of an offensive play going through his progressions and he’s not even in, so that’s just the type of player he is, and I can’t wait to see him live action to see what he really can do.”
You can watch the full press conference right here.