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New coordinator Shane Waldron avoids discussing the Chicago Bears QB situation, focusing instead on the adaptability of his offense.

Published February 22, 2024 at 7:07 PM
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Shane Waldron's debut press conference at Halas Hall provided little insight for those trying to decipher the Chicago Bears' quarterback situation this offseason.

The team's new offensive coordinator skillfully sidestepped questions regarding the most hotly debated topic in Chicago sports, reminiscent of Justin Fields eluding defenders as he navigates the pocket. Waldron deftly avoided addressing inquiries about assessing Fields and danced around discussions concerning USC quarterback Caleb Williams, a potential draft pick for the Bears this spring.

However, a month after joining the Bears to replace Luke Getsy, Waldron did express confidence on Thursday in his offense's ability to function effectively regardless of the quarterback situation.

General manager Ryan Poles had emphasized adaptability as a crucial aspect of the offensive coordinator interviews, a sentiment echoed by head coach Matt Eberflus during the introduction of the new coordinators. Drawing from his experience with various quarterbacks during his tenure with the Los Angeles Rams and as the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator, Waldron asserted his readiness to adapt.


"In general, much of the offensive conversation revolves around adaptability," Waldron stated. "We pride ourselves on having a system and coaching staff capable of adjusting the scheme to fit each player's skill set. Our primary focus is on effective teaching and placing players in positions that maximize both individual and team success."

Poles, Eberflus, Waldron, and the rest of the Bears staff will attend the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week to further evaluate draft prospects, including quarterbacks such as Williams, North Carolina's Drake Maye, and LSU's Jayden Daniels.

Regarding Fields, Waldron acknowledged the quarterback's explosive playmaking ability and off-schedule prowess. However, he refrained from providing a detailed evaluation, citing his recent focus on assembling his coaching staff and laying the groundwork for his offensive scheme.

While Waldron remained vague about specific players, he expressed enthusiasm for the Bears' future. He highlighted the unique opportunity presented by owning the first and ninth draft picks and praised the team's core players, including the quarterback, as well as the camaraderie between Poles and Eberflus.

Waldron concluded by emphasizing his excitement about the team's direction, despite his reluctance to delve into discussions about Fields and Williams.
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