Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, in his first comments since coach Justin Wilcox shuffled his offensive staff, downplayed the move, suggesting the hope is his added role as quarterbacks coach creates “a little bit more of a connection.”
Baldwin, interviewed after Wednesday's second spring practice, was careful not to sound critical of Marques Tuiasosopo, who was the Bears’ quarterbacks coach the past two years and is tutoring tight ends this season. Baldwin had tight ends last year a year after handling the running backs.
“Coach Wilcox talked to us in the offseason and said something wasn’t what it needed to be. Something might have been a little off. It doesn’t mean it was any one of us,” Baldwin said.
Without argument, something was more than “a little off” with the Bears offense. Cal ranked last in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.5 points per game), total offense (343.5 yards) and passing yards (186.2 yards).
How will the shift benefit the Bears?
“At the end of the day, if you're calling the plays and you’re coaching the guy who catches the snap, sometimes there becomes a little bit more of a connection,” Baldwin said. “We talked about it as a staff and we’re going forward.”