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Bears OTAS: Caleb Williams and Offense Struggle To Find Its Footing While The Defense Shines

Caleb Williams at Bears OTAs
Caleb Williams at Bears OTAs

The Bears held their third voluntary practice of the off-season which was made open to the media. So far through three practices the defense has been the winner compared to the offense which is to be expected. Most of the players on the Bears' defense have been playing under Head Coach Matt Eberflus's defensive scheme for the past three seasons and the offense is being led by a rookie quarterback and they're all learning Shane Waldron's new offensive scheme. Let's get into the good and bad news of the Bears OTAs, three days in.

Bad News At OTAs

Caleb Williams receiving snap at Bears OTAs
Caleb Williams receiving snap at Bears OTAs

Caleb Williams had his worst practice at voluntary OTA's as an NFL quarterback. Per sources that were at practice, Williams had multiple passes that were nearly intercepted and only completed three practices during the 7 v 7 drills. He struggled to consistently deliver passes downfield and most of his passes were completed in the flat and he held onto the ball too long. To add context to Williams' struggles while they were bad it should be noted that Keenan Allen, Rome Odunze, Nate Davis, and Darnell Wright were not participating in today's practice.

Good News AT OTAs

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson and Head Coach Matt Eberflus at Bears OTA
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson and Head Coach Matt Eberflus at Bears OTA

The Bears' defense looked like the same unit towards the end of the season that led the league in turnovers. Guys like Jaylon Johnson, Tyrique Stevenson, and Kyler Gordon were flying around breaking up passes. Caleb Williams getting reps against what is one of the best defenses in the league will only help his development and get used to the speed of the NFL.

Final Thoughts

Let me be a voice of reason for Bears fans who are going to read this and overreact. Caleb Williams is a very talented quarterback, but he is young. He will have growing pains, it's a part of his development and it's only May 23rd during voluntary practice in shirts and shorts. A short two days ago safety Kevin Byard said how Williams and the Bears offense got after them and today it was the defenses turn. This is what happens during practice for elite football teams. They compete and its never a one-sided affair. If the defense wasn't having the upper hand against a offense led by a rookie quarterback and a new offensive coordinator we would have bigger problems. Caleb Williams and the offense will be fine.


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