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Trevor Siemian signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears in March to back up Justin Fields, and the veteran is excited to coach the 11th overall pick in 2021.
By talking to Larry Mayer from the team’s website, Siemian said he would do everything in his power to make Fields more comfortable in his first full season as Chicago’s starting quarterback:
“That’s sort of been my role for the last few years, it’s the backup quarterback, sort of figuring out and identifying what the starter needs. For Justin, I can give him a little bit of a kickback. I don’t want to not act like I have all the answers and he’s definitely going to get a lot of coaching. But being a young rookie – because I was [one] several years ago – you need some type of asshole. Or a guy some days to talk football with, and some days to talk about movies or whatever and shoot the breeze with it. Justin has so much potential, so I’m looking to do whatever I can to hopefully help him get a jump here.”
Siemian isn’t lacking in experience either. The 30-year-old was selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2015 draft and was thrust into the starting lineup in 2016 after Peyton Manning retired after Super Bowl 50.
He won the quarterback duel in training camp against Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez and led the Broncos to an 8-6 record, completing 59.5% of his passes for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns for 10 interceptions.
Siemian also started 10 games during the 2017 season, but the Broncos eventually replaced him with Case Keenum in 2018. Since then, the Northwestern product has served as a backup for the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints .
Given his vast experience, he will be a good mentor for Fields.
The Ohio State product appeared in 12 games last season, making 10 starts. He completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,870 yards and seven touchdowns against 10 interceptions and also rushed for 420 yards and two scores.
Chicago will be looking for Fields to make a meaningful leap in 2022, and hopefully Siemian can help him do that.