Bears Rumors: Marcus Mariota Gets High Marks From GM Ryan Pace

There are plenty of doubters who think that former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota will struggle in his transition to the NFL style of game, but don't count Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace among them.

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Some draft analysts believe that Mariota will struggle in the NFL because he didn’t play in a pro-style offense at Oregon, where he directed a no-huddle spread attack. But Pace disagrees. “You have to watch a lot of tape on those guys to feel good with it and we’ve done enough research on him,” Pace said. “I think he’s a good quarterback. That doesn’t scare me away from him at all.”

Pace's point is an interesting one. While many analysts talk about what a system does for a good quarterback, not many seem to retort and talk about how a good quarterback can help make a system better.

While that doesn't mean the Bears are prepping to trade up to grab Mariota, it's at least an interesting window into Pace's thought process.

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