Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Caleb Williams Is Reportedly Far Ahead Of Schedule With Bears’ Scheme


One of the toughest challenges for every team drafting a young quarterback is getting them up to speed on whatever offensive scheme they’re playing in. NFL offenses are complex beasts. Jay Cutler once said it takes three years before players truly master a system. Executing at a high level in the first year is challenging even for a veteran, so rookies face a far steeper learning curve. College offenses aren’t close to the NFL’s depth and complexity. That is the situation the Chicago Bears faced with Caleb Williams.

If they planned to make him the starter from day one, they would have to do everything in their power to ensure he had a solid grasp of the system. Luckily, they had no big advantage from the start: the #1 pick. That meant the Bears knew who they were taking from the beginning. According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, the team knew Williams was their guy around the beginning of March. That meant they could employ a creative tactic to give Williams a head start on learning the offense.

The benefits are already starting to show up.

That facilitated, yes, the more-timely shopping of Fields. It also gave the Bears the opportunity to start subtly onboarding Williams. As such, the team used the three one-hour Zooms it was allowed to do with the quarterback before the draft to get him ready to run the offense, rather than deploying them as a tool to assess him, like you would with other prospects.

During the first one, the Bears taught Williams the terminology, giving him a foundation on what to call formations and motions within new OC Shane Waldron’s scheme. During the second, they started installing their base, normal-down plays. During the third, they put in red zone and third-down plays.

“We wanted to have our install set for the OTAs, and for rookie minicamp, and we wanted to make sure he had those down during those three Zoom meetings,” coach Matt Eberflus told me Friday. “So when he came into rookie minicamp [on May 9], he was very familiar with those installs. We were very fortunate to do that, and Shane and the offensive staff have done a wonderful job of really making it friendly and learnable for Caleb.”

Caleb Williams appears to be in capable hands.

There is a strong possibility other teams might not have recognized such an opportunity and waited until the quarterback was officially selected before starting the process. The Bears were proactive. They took an unconventional route to preparing Williams for his arrival, all without breaking the NFL rules. It is refreshing to see a regime have such logical thinking after many years of seeing previous ones bungle through the process. Williams should now be more than ready once training camp arrives in late July.

Rookies always have their struggles. It is a fact of life in the NFL. Still, nobody can say the Bears aren’t doing everything in their power to make Caleb Williams’ transition as smooth as possible. They’ve surrounded him with a litany of weapons. His offensive coordinator is renowned for his ability to communicate with quarterbacks. They even found ways to feed him the offense ahead of schedule. If he doesn’t find success right away, it won’t be because of anything they did.

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May 21, 2024 10:52 am

The Bears seem to have finally stabilized the GM and HC curse. Drafting, FA signings, and coaching hires that can actually coach, the Bears look legitimate, on paper. Now we will see how it all translates on the field. As with all NFL teams, injuries will happen. And how the depth players performs when the “next man up” is needed, will have an impact on how the Bears wind up. Looks like a playoff team in the making. With a dominant defense, and a competent offense, could we see similar results to the ’85 team? I can’t wait to find… Read more »

May 21, 2024 9:29 am

Credit Poles for bringing in coaches that understand how to get a QB up to speed having a similar experience with Geno Smith in Seattle. Showing confidence in a rookie QB to start on Day 1 is risky. The key for Caleb will be the OL since the playmakers are all solid. If the pass protection and run blocking are consistently good, the offense will score plenty of points to win. But if the OL struggles, even Mahomes wouldn’t be successful. Fine tune the OL and 2024 could be an exciting season. PS – Erik, proofread the articles before posting.… Read more »

May 21, 2024 7:17 am

We hear this with every new bears QB. I’ll be excited to see if the offense beats the defense in training camp. It’s been a LONG off-season. 🐻⬇️

Dr. Steven Sallie
Dr. Steven Sallie
May 21, 2024 6:44 am

Caleb being far ahead is music to my ears and brain. Given knowledge of being the first pick by the Bears way in advance and his obsessive compulsion to be the best, I would expect nothing less from him and the Bears. We all know he can do the job at a high level during his first year.

Badabing Crosby
Badabing Crosby
May 21, 2024 6:40 am


Drjrb and poochpest should be here soon to kill ur buzz, and whine on about how we didn’t draft an olineman and dlineman w our first two picks. And how poles is an idiot for signing amazing free agents vs solely building thru the draft.

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