Following up on the ongoing story
. ... Chase Daniel
looks at his two-touchdown, 230-yard passing effort in last week's 23-16 win for the Chicago Bears over the Detroit Lions and sees room for improvement, even though he had no practice time.
"I'm a perfectionist so what I try to do is look at the negatives of the game and try to improve on it," Daniel said. "And there were 10 incompletions; some of those should've been completions. Four sacks; too many, those were all on me."
Now he'll get a chance to improve on it, and this time he's getting to practice.
The Bears (8-3) will go late into the week and possibly even until right before Sunday's game against the New York Giants (3-8) before making a decision on their starting quarterback.
Injured starter Mitchell Trubisky
is more active now than last week, but still did not go through a full practice this week. He got on the practice field, but didn't throw and is officially listed as doubtful.
So Daniel will start against a Giants defense ranked No. 23 overall. And he appreciates the opportunity to practice, considering last week he played with only two walk-throughs for a Thursday game.
"It'll be good, to actually get some timing down with the receivers and tight ends and running backs, although I thought it was pretty good last week, too, for not really taking a full-speed rep all week."
Head coach Matt Nagy was impressed by what his backup could do with no preparation.
"I think that it could definitely help him out," Nagy said. "So if that's the route we end up going, rep-wise he's going to get more reps, versus what he went through. That was hard. That was all mental.
"And then you go into the game and now we're expecting guys to be throwing great accurate passes all over the field. And I don't know if that's necessarily realistic."
So Nagy knows he can count on Daniel, who had been a backup at Kansas City during Nagy's days as an assistant there from 2013-15.
"But for my history with Chase and the relationship that I have with him, he's always been almost like a little bit of an assistant coach to us as well," Nagy said. "He's been great at that, so now here's a guy who in his role is fulfilling not only that quote/unquote assistant coach part, but a guy that has the ability to step in and make coaches feel very comfortable that you can win games with him at quarterback."
Worth noting. .... Daniel is no speed demon, but when the Giants are in straight zone coverage, they tend to leave big gaps that can be exploited. In addition, the Giants should be easier to hit with power inside running than other defenses the Bears have played recently. They sent Damon Harrison to the Lions and have been a target for running teams even when they had him. Now it's worse.
It could mean Jordan Howard
has a rare meaningful impact on the attack.
But ESPN's Matthew Berry notes that Tarik Cohen
has at least six receptions in five of his past eight games, and a TD in six of his past eight, so he should have success against a Giants defense that gives up a touchdown pass to RBs at the second-highest rate in the league
and has given up at least one rushing score to an RB in six straight games. ...
And finally. ... Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree was burned twice in coverage by Eagles tight end Zach Ertz
last week. Ogletree has good speed and should be able to stay with most tight ends. But Trey Burton
has plenty of reason to bounce back after what had to be his worst game.
In addition to the drop and the lost fumble, he got flagged for holding on a first-down run by Daniel. The Giants have struggled on defense mostly against the run, but haven't been a solid pass defense, either.
The Bears can look to exploit this matchup.