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Bears GM on Mitchell Trubisky: We don't have to force it

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has no hint of offseason buyer’s remorse at quarterback.

“It’s been awesome,” Pace said on ESPN 1000’s Kap & Company Show.

“That conviction [in our quarterbacks] has just grown, that confidence has grown more and more. The more you’re around these guys, the more you feel their personalities and see them play live; we’ve talked about this before, there is no more important position in the league than quarterback. To go address that aggressively in multiple ways only improves our chances of success. I love that room right now. I love looking at that depth chart and seeing the names on it right now.

"When you look back on those opportunities and you look back on your career, you never want to live with any regrets. There are moments when you need to take calculated risks and be aggressive and that’s what we did, and I’m happy with it.”

After six straight years of the Bears missing the playoffs, Pace -- hired in 2015 -- ripped up the club's quarterback blueprint following its third consecutive last-place finish.

The first domino to fall was the release of embattled starter Jay Cutler, who quarterbacked the Bears for eight seasons beginning in 2009.

On the heels of Cutler’s departure, Pace aggressively pursued free agent Mike Glennon, who agreed to a three-year deal worth $16 million guaranteed in 2017.

Chicago next signed former starter-turned-backup Mark Sanchez to a one-year deal with $1 million of it guaranteed.

And in Pace’s final and most important act -- the Bears moved up one spot to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky second overall. Trubisky eventually signed a four-year rookie contract (with a fifth-year option) worth $29,032,436 fully guaranteed.

The three quarterbacks combined will eat up $21,184,875 in salary-cap space this year.

The plan all along called for Trubisky, who pocketed a $19,254,500 signing bonus, to sit behind Glennon and Sanchez.

Eventually, the Bears' starting job will belong to Trubisky, but Pace refuses to speed up the timetable.

Trubisky enters Thursday’s preseason opener against Denver third on the depth chart.

“We keep on talking about embracing the process of growth,” Pace said. “That’s what Mitch is going through right now. We’re fortunate that we have an environment where we don’t have to force it or rush anything. All of the quarterbacks have been playing well.

"So it can naturally happen. He can naturally progress. It’s going to be fun to watch."