Entering year six with the Chicago Bears, middle linebacker Danny Trevathan has become a fan favorite and one of the more underrated contributors on the Bears’ defense over the last few years. Despite playing just two full seasons (2018 and 2020) since arriving in Chicago back in 2016, Trevathan is coming off a season that saw him notch 113 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits.
Throughout the first four games of 2020, Trevathan looked noticeably slower, especially due to lack of on-field work throughout the offseason. While there has been a return to normal this offseason, Trevathan was present at mandatory minicamp on Wednesday afternoon and is ready to have another big year in 2021, despite turning 31 years old this offseason.
“It’s my job, I’m just going to do the best I can,” Trevathan said via the Bears official YouTube channel. “Age is nothing but a number. You can try and factor that in as much as you want but come Sunday or Monday, Thursday, whatever time it is, we’ll be prepared.”
Trevathan arrived in Chicago during the 2016 offseason via free agency, making him one of the longest-tenured members of the Bears defense. From Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano, and now Sean Desai, the Bears defense is on its third defensive coordinator in four years. A challenge to some, Trevathan is ready to play for Desai in 2021.
“He watches a lot of film, he’s a smart guy,” Trevathan said. “He knows football so I think that’s going to help us in the aspect of him putting us in the best situation possible and making the right calls and understanding who’s out there and knowing how the guys can make an impact play.”
With a player of Trevathan’s caliber, Chicago is clearly hoping to be one of the best defenses in the NFL. Entering year two of a three-year extension that was signed in 2020, Trevathan provides Chicago’s defense with a player who can dropback in coverage or get involved in the running game.
“Every year, you want to be a better defense 2018 was a totally different year,” Trevathan said. “Those aspects and those standards were set so we know where we need to get to and we know we have the guys that are capable of doing that. We just want to be the best defense that we can be and in the league, we know we’re going to handle whatever teams throw at us.”
Trevathan is back and ready to play at a high level, however, what’s different is that the expectations are high this offseason, despite a new defensive coordinator. However, if the 31 year old middle linebacker can remain healthy, Chicago should be relatively stable on the defensive side of the ball.