No more musical chairs expected up front
Nagy said this week that perhaps the greatest compliment he could pay LG Cody Whitehair and C James Daniels, the blockers who flip-flopped spots along the interior O-line this offseason, is in not talking to — or about — them much. Basically, the Bears set it and forget it when it came to the position switch this spring.
“It's funny, I was actually talking to Cody today right before practice and really with our offensive line in general, those five guys that are there, they probably get the least amount of love from me right now, which is a good thing because they're the same crew, they're just working together,” he said.
“I don't really have to look over my shoulder inside much,” Long said. “At an early age, [Daniels is] a pro. … [He] and Cody are two bright guys, so I think them flipping is really not been anything more than a bump."
We’ll have more next week on Whitehair’s mindset in approaching a contract year and position switch simultaneously, but know that he and Daniels both sound like they’re in not only good — ideal — places now.
The starters are set, but we expect the OL reserve battles to be right up there with WR, LB and CB competitions for the summer's most heated. Alex Bars, the promising college free agent with positional flexibility and a strong rapport with his former Irish position coach Harry Hiestand, got his first taste of on-field work during vet minicamp after a September ACL tear and ultimately could be the group's X-factor.