On Saturday, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman spoke with reporters from Halas Hall. Emery and Trestman were speaking proudly about the Bears’ 2014 NFL Draft class.
Perhaps the most surprising pick that the Bears made in the 2014 NFL Draft was San Jose Quarterback David Fales in the sixth round. When speaking about Fales, Emery indicated that the rookie quarterback will compete with Jordan Palmer for the distinction of being Jay Cutler‘s backup.
“I don’t see it as we’re drafting a starter,” Emery said. “I see it as we’re drafting a player that is going to compete for a roster spot — and it’s important to have competition as a backup.”-Phil Emery, Chicago Sun Times
The Bears are looking for a replacement to Josh McCown. McCown thrived last season as the backup quarterback and transferred that success into a starting opportunity for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown was believed to be the product of Trestman’s quarterback-friendly offense.
Trestman, who is quickly earning a reputation as being a quarterback whisperer, is excited about the prospects of having Fales on the team.
“The tape told us the rest,” Trestman said. “Here’s a guy that has shown an inventory of passes, has shown toughness [and] courage, an ability to make quick decisions with a compact throwing motion and we’re excited about having him.”-Marc Trestman, Chicago Sun Times
Given Trestman’s rapport with quarterbacks, the Bears’ selection of Fales could prove to be one of the steals of the draft.
Fales will compete with mentor, Jordan Palmer, in training camp for being the Bears’ backup quarterback.