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Matt Eberflus’ one-on-one pitch to Caleb Williams sold QB On The Bears

The Chicago Bears were picked at No. 1 in the 2024 draft. That gave them the power to take any player they wanted in the draft, regardless of their position and whether they wanted to come here or not. The latter may not be something fans think about often, but it should. Cedric Benson didn’t want to go to Chicago when they took him in 2005. He literally cried because they singled him out as he walked to the stage. In retrospect, his disastrous tenure should have been easy to predict. Matt Eberflus isn’t stupid. The Bears head coach knows these situations exist.

That’s especially true for quarterbacks. John Elway and Eli Manning held out to avoid going to certain teams in their respective drafts. There was a genuine fear that Caleb Williams would do the same. Everyone knows the Bears’ history at quarterback. It’s where they go to die. Williams had big ambitions in the NFL. How could he trust that this organization had his best interests at heart? Eberflus recognized the need for clarity, so he decided to meet with the young quarterback privately, according to MMQB’s Albert Breer.

It took an open and honest discussion to sell Williams on the Bears’ vision.

The two sat down and went through his entire football journey, with much of the discussion focusing on the support Williams’ parents had given him along the way, from deciding to transition from running back to quarterback in youth football, to coming up with a plan. when he was in high school and dove into it, only to transfer after his freshman year and follow coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC.

“During that conversation, I found out that his parents are so supportive of him, do everything for him, love him and have been great the whole time,” Eberflus said. “And it’s really a tribute to them, the kind of man he is, and the kind of character he has now.”

So Eberflus took Williams through the Bears’ rebuildwhere the locker room was from a leadership perspective, the progress they had made in the last two years, and how he felt like the quarterback was lucky to come to a team that wasn’t at ground zero. And as he did so, losing track of time, unaware that he had already gone fifteen minutes past his allotted hour, Eberflus received a text from Poland, half-joking: “Are you almost done in there?

Matt Eberflus played a crucial role in getting everyone on the same page.

The goal of every draft prospect is to feel wanted. He wants to go somewhere he thinks will give him the best chance of success. Williams had legitimate reasons to worry about Chicago. However, he now has reasons to be optimistic. This team has constructed one of the most talented offenses they have ever had, maybe ever. DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze round out a strong wide receiver group. Cole Kmet is a very strong tight end. The offensive line consists of two proven young tackles and a Pro Bowl-caliber guard. Last but not least, he will have a respectable defense to lean on.

This is by far the best draft a No. 1 pick has ever found themselves in. Matt Eberflus helped illustrate this point, along with the fact that he, the Poles and everyone else in the organization were completely committed to his success. It’s no surprise that Williams’ rumors against joining Chicago all but disappeared by early April. Since then, the quarterback has fully embraced the organization and the city. If he becomes what he is capable of, people should look back on that private conversation as a pivotal point in a turnaround of the Bears’ fortunes.

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