Direct yourself: Eberflus had an extended visit with Robert Quinn on Wednesday after the Bears agreed to trade the veteran to the Eagles for a 2023 fourth-round pick. Eberflus thanked Quinn for “everything he did while he was here”.
“The relationship he and I built during his time here was exceptional,” Eberflus said. “His leadership was great. His work ethic was amazing on the court. And he certainly did a lot of great things for the Bears when he was here, so I just want to thank him for that. A strong family man. I respect really Robert Quinn, so I wish him the best of luck with the team he’s with now and nothing but the best for him.”
Quinn’s departure leaves a team captain position open. Eberflus is deciding whether or not he will be filled permanently.
While Quinn was undoubtedly one of the team’s greatest leaders, Eberflus has faith in the rest of the team to collectively take on this role.
“I always come back to the messages that I always say to guys is that everyone is a leader,” Eberflus said. “The first part of leadership is to lead yourself and so we ask all of our guys to lead. I know we have four captains; we have our leadership council and all that, but for me everyone leads , and they’re doing good They’re doing a good job of cheering each other on, being there for each other as teammates, and that’s what we expect It’s no different than if it’s was him or anybody else. I think we have strong leadership in the locker room and throughout the team, from the first man to the last guy. And we have strong leadership in our coaching staff We know we partner with the players, working with these guys to build the Chicago Bears, so I don’t really see that as a drag or a disruption like most people would see because of who we are and of the men we have in the locker room.”
Eberflus applauded other veteran players including Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, Justin Jones, Jaylon Johnson and Al-Quadin Muhammad for their continued leadership on the defensive end.
“Everybody, like I said, head first,” Eberflus said. “You lead by performance, and then when you need to say something, you say it. When it’s needed. But most of all you lead by action. People are inspired by your actions, the way you perform and the way you play the game more than words. Sometimes words are needed, but not so often.”