REPORT: Former Bears coach shares his feelings about….

Tyson Bagent did a lot right as he led the Bears offense in a 30-12 win over the Raiders on Sunday. But to former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt, the undrafted free agent rookie quarterback did one thing particularly well that ended up being particularly important.

“He got rid of the ball,” Wannstedt said on NBC Chicago’s morning news show. “He made quick decisions, good decisions and got the ball out of his hand quick. It really helped the offensive line with the protection, and it gave him an opportunity to throw the ball.”

Not only was Bagent quick and decisive when throwing the ball, he made accurate passes in rhythm with the offense and threw balls with anticipation. That helped wide receivers catch the ball in stride.

It may not seem like much, but that’s tough for any rookie quarterback to do, let alone a UDFA from a D-II school.

Bagent’s numbers from the Bears win don’t pop off the chart. His 21-29 passing line was highly efficient, but his 162 passing yards and one passing touchdown are pedestrian by most standards. Those less-than-spectacular numbers shouldn’t be held against him, though. The Bears didn’t need Bagent to go crazy through the air since their run game was so effective and their defense stifled the Raiders throughout the day. Instead, the Bears needed somebody to operate the offense reliably and control the overall game script.

Wannstedt noted the Bears didn’t change the game plan too much, and Bagent was able to execute. It is worth noting that the Bears did not call the designed runs we typically see with Fields under center, so that gave Bagent more opportunities to complete quick, easy passes. Wanny also liked how much Bagent spread the ball around.

“It wasn’t just throwing to one particular guy,” Wannstedt said.

Bagent completed passes to eight receivers total. Fields’ season-high is completions to nine different receivers.

The Bears said Fields is doubtful to play against the Chargers on Sunday Night Football next week, so it’s looking like Bagent will get another shot to show what he can do– and another shot to help the Bears win.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian told media members on Monday that quarterback Quinn Ewers has been given a “week-to-week” designation on the team’s injury report.

Ewers was injured during the third quarter of a 31-24 win at Houston this past Saturday. Citing sources, Orangebloods, ESPN and 247Sports all reported on Sunday that Ewers had suffered an AC joint sprain.

During the course of an 11-play drive on Saturday, Ewers took a sack in which he landed on his right shoulder and he later led into a collision with a UH defensive lineman with his left shoulder. Ewers was pulled after that possession and he left the stadium with his right arm in a sling. Sarkisian declined on Monday to share when exactly Ewers got hurt or even if Ewers injured himself on that drive, but he didn’t feel like the quarterback made things worse by trying to play through the injury.

Ewers has passed for 1,915 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions during his second season as UT’s starter, and his 70.9 completion percentage ranks second in the Big 12 and 10th nationally. Ewers has also scored on five touchdown runs.

Maalik Murphy is listed as the backup quarterback on the Texas depth chart, and the redshirt freshman relieved Ewers on Saturday. Arch Manning, who was a five-star prospect in the 2023 recruiting cycle, is another option for the Longhorns. Sarkisian said on Monday that if the Longhorns were to play that day, Murphy would start. Both players will receive first-team reps in practices this week.

Sarkisian will next meet with the media on Thursday. Two days later, No. 7 Texas (6-1, 3-1) will host BYU (5-2, 2-2) in a conference contest.

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