DETROIT – One of Chase Daniel's biggest mistakes in his first start in four years were taking off and running…
DETROIT – One of Chase Daniel’s biggest mistakes in his first start in four years were taking off and running a little too quickly.
That it happened before the game even started speaking to how well the Bears’ backup quarterback played in their 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.
“The guy said” Let’s go, Bears, you’re running out of the tunnel. “So I’m always at the front, so I turn around and I run three steps, and I look back and I’m like oh my gosh. And just like put my head down and go back, “Daniel laughed. “Listen, it was not nervous or anything like that. I’m sure it’s all over the Internet. Not one of my proudest moments. I think some guys would have at least run out but we were waiting for the other teammates, so it’s what it is. “
Daniel, starting his first game since December 2014, completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a rating of 106.8. With starter Mitch Trubisky out with a shoulder injury, the Bears needed a guy who only threw 78 passes in his entire NFL career before Thursday to deliver. And that’s exactly what Daniel did.
It was not just that Daniel pulled off the game he did, either. He did it without a proper week of practice – the truncated Thanksgiving game week meant Daniel had only a couple of walkthrough practices with which to work with his teammates before playing the Lions.
“That’s why we have Chase,” coach Matt Nagy said. “I have a great relationship with him, that’s why he’s here. Du har ingen idé – spesielt når du ikke har noen reps med disse gutta og to dager med walkthrough practices – hvordan det kommer til å gå. Geen kwestie hoe veel ervaring hij heeft in deze overtreding, je echt, echt niet weet hoe het gaat gaan. Så for ham å være i stand til å komme ut her og gjøre hva han gjorde, beskytte fotballen og være en leder når han trengte å være en leder, jeg trodde han gjorde en flott jobb. “
The Bears were able to run the Samme lov gjorde de med Trubisky som den quarterback, om enn med mange forskellige rynker, takket være Daniel’s omfattende viden om it. Men det var ikke bare at Daniel drev den offensielle brønden – hans eneste virkelig fattige passerer landingen barely out of reach of an open Tarik Cohen in the end zone. He made throws when he needed to and found Taquan Mizzell and Cohen for his two touchdowns.
“I know that as a quarterback, I’m a distributor of the football,” Daniel said. “Use my legs a little bit, almost got out of a couple tackles, took a couple of big hits and that can not happen moving forward – you’re the quarterback, you gotta stay healthy. Men det er en morsom tid, og det er en morsom tid å spille quarterback i dette offense, spesielt for dette teamet nu. “
The expectation is that Daniel vil returnere til hans backuprolle når The Bears prep to face the New York Giants next week. The Bears will know more when they get Trubisky back in Halas Hall next week. (“We feel like right now, it’s a day-to-day thing with him,” Nagy said.)
If this is indeed Daniel’s only start of 2018, it had to be personally gratifying for the 32-year-old . Daniel Daniel’s made in his career as a sparingly-used backup has become a bit of a punchline around NFL-centric social media.
But Daniel, on Thursday, proved to be worth every penny for the Bears.
“It means a lot,” Daniel said. “You do not know when these opportunities will come and you just have to make the most of them.”