Chicago Bears: Why Roquan Smith should play against Broncos

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Sure, Smith has had his playbook on him the entire time he has been away from his teammates. My bet is that he knows that thing inside and out by now — as he should. However, it’s one thing to know the playbook.

It’s an entirely different thing to go out there and execute it, especially next to 10 other guys you’ve never played a down of live football with in your life.

One of the reasons that made Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs so good together is because they truly understood each other’s tendencies on the field. Their on-field relationship with as good as it gets.

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As the enforcers in the middle of the field, Smith and Danny Trevathan will need to develop that kind of relationship as well. They have the potential to be one of the best duos in all of the NFL, but Smith needs reps in order to do that.

Make no mistake, these two are going to screw up throughout the season. It happens. A mis-read, a missed tackle, a checked call that goes second-guessed — it’s all going to happen. These two guys are going to play a big role in helping one another when things like that happen. Smith should be on the field. He’s got to develop the on-field relationship and chemistry with all the guys, but Trevathan especially.