The Chicago Bears have released a new episode of their hit YouTube series 1920 Football Drive. The 18-minute episode Raising the Standard focuses on rebuilding the team with the rookies. It features Justin Fields and his growth as well as the newcomers discovering Chicago for the first time. Head Coach Matt Eberflus and GM Ryan Poles also discuss the process and interest is immediately piqued.
Bears, Halas Hall and Training
1920 Football Drive obviously takes place mostly at Halas Hall and shows the excellent training facility of the Chicago Bears in many ways. While the quarterbacks have a film meeting, we get a glimpse of the film room.
We also get different moments when the bears are practicing in the fields at Halas Hall. Coach Eberflus, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and defensive coordinator Alan Williams coach and bring this group of players together.
Bears at Wrigley Field and out in town
The episode shifts as the Chicago Bears travel to Wrigley Field. They had a whole day to hit baseball and band together as a team at the Cubs ballpark. It’s fascinating to watch and great to see the team behave like a true brotherhood.
The rookies are also seen exploring the city of Chicago and entering Soldier Field for the first time. They get a brief moment to feel just how strong the passion for the Chicago Bears is, and Soldier Field’s first visit has a big presence in the eyes of the rookies.
Charles Tillman and Rod Marinelli
One of the best moments in the entire 1920 Football Drive episode was Charles Tillman addressing the Bears’ players.
“There’s a reason the Chicago Bears have the most Hall of Famers in the entire National Football League. If you work hard for this team, I swear you will love this city. This is a Bear City for the first time… This city loves, this city bleeds blue and orange for the Chicago Bears.”
Tillman’s speech was insightful. The newcomers don’t quite understand how much the city of Chicago loves bears. Hearing it from someone like Charles Tillman, who not only spent most of his career in Chicago but was also idolized, should add a nice spark to their offseason.
Then Matt Eberflus brought in former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to talk to the players. He gave a well rounded speech on learning and how to present the best possible asset to players. It was inspirational and he ended his speech by praising the coaching staff and recognizing individual dreams.
“Honor your dreams by doing the work that is required. It has to be every day because you can’t do it for long.”
1920 Football Drive ended the episode with the bears training. We see a lot of back and forth between the players and the coaches, including some moments with Justin Fields. They also show the day the Chicago Bears honored the late Brian Piccolo.
The players were visibly excited to rock the jerseys dedicated to him, and the culture-building aspect of this episode was evident throughout.
The 2022 NFL season is upon us, and the Chicago Bears’ YouTube sensation, 1920 Football Drive, is the perfect way to get excited before it begins.