CHICAGO — Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky spoke publicly Tuesday evening for the first time since coach Matt Nagy was hired Jan. 8. And by the sound of it, his excitement has been building this whole time.
The second-year quarterback phoned into "Bears All-Access" on WSCR (670 AM) from his offseason training location in Southern California. Nagy, the Chiefs offensive coordinator the last two seasons, and his staff are tasked with maximizing Trubisky's potential as the franchise quarterback.
"Just watching the Kansas City offense last year, what Coach Nagy brought — I was able to meet him through the draft process last year, and we really connected," Trubisky said on the radio. "I was really excited when I heard he got the job here. I know Chicago is going to have a warm welcome (for) him, and he's going to bring amazing offensive ideas to the table. He's just a great offensive mind, and he put a great offensive staff together for us. They're going to be great teachers.
"I think (the Chiefs) utilized an athletic quarterback. A lot of things they do in their offense fit my strengths, and we also have a lot of pieces within our offense that will create explosive plays that the Kansas City offense ran. So it is a very exciting time. ... The guys we have coming in, the coaches, they're just very creative."
During the 12-minute interview, Trubisky sounded as loose as he has at any time since the Bears drafted him second overall last April. Perhaps it was the SoCal offseason vibes or his increased comfort as the Bears' most important player and leader.
"I love the responsibility that I've been given," Trubisky said, "and I think that has been earned through just hard work and dedication and showing my teammates what I'm capable of."
Trubisky began his appearance with an enthusiastic "What's up!" to the show's panel of Bears play-by-play man Jeff Joniak and former players Tom Thayer and Jim Miller. Then he sprinkled in shtick, showing a light side that he rarely did during a rookie season in which he won four of 12 starts and coach John Fox subsequently was fired.
After Trubisky mentioned that receiver Kevin White is with him in California this week to throw together, Joniak mentioned the picture of White that is currently circulating on social media. In the photo, White is flexing his chiseled upper body.
"I'm not trying to boost his confidence more than it already is," Trubisky joked. "I said, 'Hey, put a shirt on buddy. We have work to do.' "
Before that, Trubisky was asked about his offseason roommate.
"I'm rooming with some guy -- I don't know if anybody has heard of him," he cracked. "His name is Jared Goff. He plays quarterback for the Rams."
Trubisky was asked only one question about Nagy, but he addressed his offseason goals, saying he is trying to improve the weaknesses he perceived in his game last season. He wants to get better with movements in the pocket, be more efficient as a thrower and always be balanced. He recently began working with quarterback performance gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.
Trubisky said offensive linemen Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair and Hroniss Grasu have visited him, and that he is trying to "drag" other teammates out to California.
In about a month, though, Trubisky and all his Bears teammates will report to Halas Hall and begin working with Nagy and the new staff to learn the new offense.
"I didn't think I was going to come on and talk this much, but you guys got me juiced," Trubisky said. "They said, 'They want you on Bears radio.' I said, 'That's right. I miss my Bears people!' I'm in Cali, and I actually see a couple of Bears fans here and there walking around, but I miss my people, man. I'm ready to get back. I'm ready to get back to work."