Things are going great. I'm getting acclimated to my situation and more accustomed to how the organization works. Things are definitely getting better every day.
After spending time on the sideline during the earlier part of training camp, I've been getting a lot of reps recently. I'm also spending considerable time working with the receivers. Monday, Rashied Davis was out here after practice with me.
I feel that I've prepared my entire life for this opportunity, and when the call came I wanted to be ready. I tried to step up and fill my role. It's been exciting and challenging so far, but it's nothing I feel that I can't handle.
I've been asked what it's like to go from mostly mental reps during training camp in Bourbonnais to playing on the field in an NFL game. Sure, it's a lot of pressure in a short period of time, but that's what I've been working for. I wanted my chance to be out on the field calling plays.
I'm a rookie. Mistakes are going to happen, but that doesn't mean you have to accept them. I try to correct what I feel I am doing wrong as quickly as possible.
There are a lot of details in this job. It takes a while to get good communication with the other players on offense, so the more we work together in practice the better.
As far as the receivers are concerned, there's the matter of timing and getting to know them well enough so I have a good idea where they'll be when I throw the ball. The linemen need to see how and where I move on the field so they can protect me effectively. It's all a learning process, but now that we are actually running plays together, the process has been accelerated.
Actual reps are so important. It's fine to learn things from the sideline and sit in meetings, but until you are out there making the plays, what you've learned to that point is mostly theory. It's important to get the feel of what's going on from actual playing time.
The San Diego trip was a lot of fun, although I certainly wish that we'd been able to come out with the win. I think that I made some good decisions but also some bad ones. My passing was not as accurate as I'd hoped it would be. But when we got back to Chicago, I studied the game film and worked with the coaches. I know I can succeed at this because I am willing to put in the time to get things right.
As an aside, I have to tell you that an NFL road trip is an enjoyable experience. I was surprised to find that it was a lot more laid back than college road trips. There's much more leisure time to go over game plans, relax in the room or prepare for the game. The rooms are nicer, too. And I think the more you travel with an NFL team, the quicker you get accustomed to the routines on the road. I'm definitely looking forward to the next away game just before Labor Day weekend.
Last weekend was the first home game at Solider Field. That's a stadium I am extremely familiar with, as my family and I used to go to Bears games all the time. It's definitely a different perspective of things when you are actually out on the field, however. The city of Chicago is very supportive of the Bears, and it's our job to give them something to cheer about.
I think that because I knew Soldier Field from a fan's perspective, I wasn't very nervous playing there. In San Diego it was a little more difficult, as that was an unknown environment and I hadn't anticipated being on the field as much as I actually was.
Another thing that was fun in Soldier Field was that my family and a lot of friends were there. It's always good to have that support system nearby.
A question I've been asked is what do I think about the new quarterbacks coming in? First the team added Matt Gutierrez, and then Monday we added Todd Collins. I only can control what I do out there. Matt, Todd, they're great guys and I wish them all the best.
I'm going to keep doing my best and working hard. I hope I can learn from them. But as far as being concerned? No, I can't control the circumstances, so I just plan to go out, do my job and go on from there. I don't want to look too far ahead. I think about the next game and the next practice, and that's about all.
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