By Jonathan Okanes
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 at 9:46 pm in off-season stuff.
This is becoming an old and tired story, but once again it’s the biggest storyline to follow as camp begins. All signs point to Kevin Riley earning the job. He’s the returning starter and had the best spring of any quarterback. Brock Mansion played well during the final week of spring practice, but he would likely have to have a jaw-dropping camp to beat out Riley. Riley himself would also have to struggle at the same time.
Coach Jeff Tedford seems pleased with how Riley has assumed a leadership role during the offseason. The coaches aren’t permitted to watch players work out during the summer so he can’t comment on how the quarterbacks are progressing, but it appears Riley is focused and serious about securing the starting job sooner rather than later.
While Beau Sweeney had some good moments during the spring, he’s clearly behind in experience. Still, having him around the program and taking some reps will only make the others better.
All eyes will be on Riley and the other quarterbacks when camp begins on Friday. Unlike last season, when Tedford waited until the first practice in which the Bears began preparing for their season-opener, I would think Riley will be named the starter sooner this year.