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LAKE FOREST David Long Jersey , Ill. (AP) — The then-defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles had just grabbed a 16-15 lead in the final minute of the wild-card game at Soldier Field. Chicago’s season ended with Cody Parkey’s field-goal attempt ricocheting off the upright and crossbar.But what stood out to Ragone — the Bears’ quarterbacks coach — was what he saw from Trubisky on that final drive. The poise he displayed and decisions he made helped put Chicago in position to pull out the victory.Trubisky comes into his third year in the NFL and second in coach Matt Nagy’s system facing higher expectations after Chicago won the NFC North at 12-4.The Bears believe their offense is poised to make a jump. That largely hinges on a prized quarterback coming off a solid season taking another step or two.And to Ragone that drive against Philadelphia, when he completed two passes to help put Chicago in position to score, could be a starting point.“The best part about that drive in my opinion, being with him and seeing through everything in two years, was the look in his eyes when Coach Nagy was calling plays as he walked off the sideline into the huddle,” Ragone said.“You just had that feeling that he was going to find a way to get us down there. Not saying I have not had that feeling before, but then you put everything together — the situation http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/bobby-evans-jersey , the game, what this game meant, the crowd, everything else, who you’re playing against, the defending Super Bowl champions, a lot of variables thrown in there.“And it seemed like he just had a calmness about him. I looked at the backup quarterbacks at the time and I’m like Greg Gaines Jersey , ‘Man, we’ve got a great feeling here. The kid’s gonna go do something.'”The Bears envisioned big things from Trubisky when they traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017.The expectations on him and the offense are higher this year after the defense led Chicago to the division title.Trubisky took a big step last season, making the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He passed for 3,223 yards, about 1,000 more than his rookie season. His rating jumped from 77.5 to 95.4, and he went from throwing as many touchdowns as interceptions (seven) to finishing with 24 and 12.Even so Christian Wilkins Jersey , there was room to grow. Trubisky was inconsistent, and the offense was middle-of-the-road statistically. The Bears ranked 21st overall, 21st in passing, 11th in rushing and ninth in scoring.The question is how big a jump they can make in their second year under Nagy, particularly now that Trubisky has a season in the system. The Bears are seeing a difference in offseason workouts.Trubisky is more comfortable and assertive.“I’m able to help the new guys, the younger guys and even the guys that are coming back in this offense — how exactly we want it, how exactly Coach Nagy wants it http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/michael-deiter-jersey ,” Trubisky said.“Ultimately I’m the guy out there. … I’m able to talk to guys in a way where I can teach it to them, they understand it and it just helps everyone get on the same play. When I know something I can explain it and make sure everyone’s going toward the same goal and executing the same play.”Trubisky said the execution is sharper than it was a year ago. And the Bears are able to run plays they had to shelve.Receiver Allen Robinson also notices a more aggressive mindset now that they’re more familiar with the system.“(Trubisky) really wants to dissect the defense,” Robinson said. “That’s the biggest thing. We want to make plays. (It’s not about) just completions or running plays just to be running them. We’re going to try to attack the defense and really beat the defense each and every play.”NOTES: Coach Matt Nagy said TE Trey Burton had sports hernia surgery about two months ago. The Bears hope to have him ready for the start of training camp. Burton missed the playoff loss to Philadelphia with a groin injury. What is it about the NFL game that makes the players want to stay in the game for as long as they can? Is it the consistent schedule that they have of lifting, watching game film, going to practice, and then playing on Sundays, Mondays Garrett Bradbury Jersey , or Thursdays? Think about it. Especially with the offensive and defensive linemen, they are constantly getting pummeled on almost any play at any given time. One hit can change the career of certain players as well. Look at a guy like Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe was supposed to be the guy in New England that would turn the fortunes around for the Patriots. One big hit in 2001 by Mo Lewis changed the whole story, preferably for the better if you are asking a Patriots fan. He was never the same again and bounced around to other teams. What is amazing is that players will even venture off into the CFL if that is their last resort to continue on with their football careers.Some players have succeeded not only in the CFL, but other leagues as well. Players like Jim Kelly, Steve Young, and Herschel Walker were flourishing in the USFL before they dominated in the NFL. Tommy Maddox won an MVP award in his one season with the XFL in 2001. So it is clear that some of these players can enjoy the game in a different league not called the NFL. Some of them still play in the CFL as we know it today. So who is continuing to play in the CFL and who should consider going to it? Let's find out! Here are NFL castoffs still playing in the CFL and other castoffs who should give it a try.
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