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Trubisky lauds Ragone for helping him improve


Mitchell Trubisky is dealing with a whole bunch of changes in his second NFL season.

The Bears quarterback is working with a new head coach, new offensive coordinator, new offense and several new teammates, including both of his backups. The one constant from last year is the return of Trubisky's position coach, Dave Ragone.

"Coach Ragone helps me with everything," Trubisky said Monday in Bourbonnais. "He knows me better than anyone in the building because we've spent so much time together. He knows how I learn, he knows what drives me, what gets me going, and he comes out here and pushes me every day and expects the best out of me.

"We're pushing each other every day and he's definitely made me better, and I love learning from coach Ragone what drives him as well and how detailed he is in his work and how he expects it from me every single drill no matter what we're doing."

Ragone is in his seventh season as an NFL assistant, having worked for the Titans as receivers coach (2011-12) and quarterbacks coach (2013) and the Redskins as offensive quality control coach (2015) before joining the Bears in 2016.

As a player, Ragone was a star quarterback at Louisville who was selected by the Texans in the third round of the 2003 draft.

"I respect Rags as a person and as a player when he played," said Bears coach Matt Nagy. "He's a very bright coach. He played the position. I keep going back to that. When you coach this position and you have played it, you immediately garner a respect from the players so they automatically have that."

Nagy, who also played quarterback at Delaware and in the Arena Football League, enjoys interacting with Ragone.

"I'm liking it now," Nagy said, "because he's coming to me a little bit more and more and giving me some feedback, which is crucial, and that's telling me he's starting to feel comfortable in his role and where we're at. I just really like the rhythm that we're at between the three of us right now, and really the quarterbacks, too."

Nagy knows all about the importance of the quarterbacks coach, having served in that role with the Chiefs on Andy Reid's staff.

"He's closer to [the quarterbacks] than I am," Nagy said. "If my communication with Rags isn't on, then we'll be off. That's so important and that's what coach Reid and myself did in Kansas City. He understood. Coach Reid made a statement that the most you'll ever know this game at that position and what you're doing is as a coordinator or as a position coach. When you start becoming a head coach, you fade away from it a little bit, so it's important to stay in it with those coaches."