LeFevour working hard to make transition

May, 7, 2010
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Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo recently told the team’s official website that the team is “still exploring” the possibility of acquiring a veteran quarterback.

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Warren Wimmer/Icon SMIDan LeFevour already has been working hard to make the difficult transition from a spread to a pro-style system.

Rookie signal caller Dan LeFevour, meanwhile, can’t wait to get back to work.

At least that’s the sentiment LeFevour shared with ESPNChicago.com on Thursday, less than a week removed from his first NFL minicamp. LeFevour won't be able to assuage the club’s concerns about its backup quarterback situation, no matter how quickly he develops.

That doesn’t mean he won’t try as he fights to overcome the nerves associated with such a task.

“Every time I step on the field, I get a little bit nervous, whether it was high school or college,” LeFevour said. “Being a competitive guy, you always have that. The day I’m not excited or nervous to play football is probably the day I shouldn’t be playing. I’m really looking forward to going back there and getting started with workouts.”

A product of Benet Academy in Lisle, LeFevour hasn’t been considered a pure dropback passer since his high school days. At Central Michigan, LeFevour operated primarily out of the shotgun in the Chippewas’ spread system. In Chicago, the sixth-round pick will need to learn the nuances of a pro-style system, which has been a struggle historically for the majority of quarterbacks coming from spread systems to the NFL.

LeFevour dove into his adjustment to the pro game almost immediately after his last game at CMU by working with former Bears offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski -- who has tutored such quarterbacks as Tim Tebow, Michael Vick, Patrick Ramsey and Philip Rivers -- before the NFL combine. But LeFevour is quickly realizing that no matter how big the head start, it’s likely not sufficient enough towards transitioning from college to the NFL.

“Obviously it will take me a little more time to get comfortable with the mechanics of throwing under center as opposed to someone who did it in college,” LeFevour said. “But that doesn’t mean I’m not capable of doing it. It’s just going to take a little extra work. I realize that, and look forward to the challenge.”

LeFevour’s development continues May 17, when he heads back to Halas Hall to prepare for the club’s minicamp, which takes place from May 21-23. Until then, he’ll continue to soak in his first on-field experience with the Bears at the club’s rookie minicamp.

“It was great to finally get out there and play some football again,” LeFevour said of the experience. “What better way to do that than in a Chicago Bears uniform wearing that “C”? It was a tremendous experience. I’m excited about it and can’t wait to get back to work.”

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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