Kyle Long is rarely one to mix words. The Chicago Bears guard typically has something to say about everything. Whether it is in a press conference or on social media, Long is a man of the people who is always willing to open up when asked a question. On Wednesday night he was asked by a Twitter use what is his favorite thing about quarterback Mitch Trubisky and his answer did not disappoint.
“His level of confidence without being cocky,” Long tweeted. “And he understands he’s young in the locker room and knows what it takes to earn the respect from offensive and defensive players. Class act.”
It has appeared from the get-go that Trubisky was someone who immediately earned respect from those in the Bears locker room. Leonard Floyd admitted last year that the defensive side of the ball calls him Pretty Boy Assassin, while others call him Mr. Biscuit or The Biscuit.
Respect is sometimes hard to earn in the NFL, particularly when a player does not light up the scoreboard or put up huge numbers, yet Trubisky already appears to have a good handle on the locker room and others respect the hard work and dedication he puts in.
The return of Harry Hiestand in 2018 to coach the offensive line of the Chicago Bears should be a massive benefit for guard Kyle Long.
Long has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons but has three Pro Bowl nods to his name in five years in the league. Long underwent neck surgery in December and recently said he still has a few minor things he needs to get worked on before the start of next season.
While on Twitter on Tuesday he took note of how impressive the prospects have been from Notre Dame in recent years:
The talented offensive linemen he is referring to were all coached by Hiestand at Notre Dame.
During Hiestand’s run with the Irish between 2012 and 2017 he has helped produce some of the NFL’s top offensive linemen. Zack Martin, Ronnie Stanley and Nick Martin have all already found success in the NFL, while Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey are both pegged to be first-round picks later this April in the NFL Draft.
Hiestand also had a lot of success earlier in his career while coaching with the Bears between 2005 and 2009. During that time he helped oversee the development of key linemen such as Olin Kreutz and Roberto Garza.