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Bears' Matt Eberflus Identifies Key Area for Caleb Williams' Improvement


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Vince Carbonneau
June 5, 2024  (12:12)
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus acknowledges the learning curve ahead for rookie quarterback Caleb Williams, evident in the early stages of practice.

In discussing Williams this week, Eberflus emphasized the importance of refining his cadence as training camp unfolds.
"Today, as you saw, cadence was a point of emphasis," Eberflus noted via Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Chicago. "We had several offsides penalties, something that needs attention and improvement in the coming days. It's crucial for us to clean that up."
Williams, having not utilized cadence at USC, faces an adjustment period in mastering NFL-level intricacies. The Bears incurred six pre-snap penalties in Tuesday's practice, highlighting an area for immediate improvement.
"It's about repetition," Eberflus explained. "Cadence is a strategic tool on offense. It's not just 'Ready. Set. Hut.' all the time. We need double counts, triple counts, dummy counts, silent counts—all the counts utilized across the league."
Looking ahead to 2024, there are heightened expectations for Williams and the Bears following a 7-10 season. Labeled a generational prospect, Williams is anticipated to catalyze Chicago's resurgence. The team fortified its roster by acquiring wide receivers Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze, signing running back D'Andre Swift, and tight end Gerald Everett in free agency, complementing existing talents DJ Moore and Cole Kmet.
Despite these additions, the Bears face challenges in the competitive NFC North, contending with formidable opponents like the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.
Moreover, Chicago must address deficiencies, notably a lackluster pass rush that ranked near the bottom in sacks last season. Recognizing Williams' rookie status and the team's playoff drought, caution is advised despite optimism surrounding their potential.
As the Bears prepare under the spotlight of HBO's "Hard Knocks," patience remains a virtue for fans longing for postseason success in 2024.
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