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Bears' Mooney says new coaching staff better than last year's: 'Night and day'

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Darnell Mooney is excited with what he's seen from the Chicago Bears' new coaching staff so far this year.

The third-year wide receiver said the coaches are significantly better than last season.

"It's night and day," Mooney recently said on "Red Line Radio." "Everybody knows where to go, when to do something, what's the expectation, what's the standard."

He added: "It's not coming in and just like, 'Oh, what do we got going on?' Everybody knows exactly what the coaches want."

Chicago hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as head coach this offseason to replace Matt Nagy, who spent the last four seasons with the club. Eberflus brought in several new coaches with him, including offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

Nagy, the 2018 Coach of the Year, posted a 12-4 record in his first season in the Windy City but failed to register other winning campaigns. The Bears finished 2021 with only six wins.

Mooney, 24, enters 2022 as Chicago's No. 1 receiver after setting career highs with 81 receptions and 1,055 yards to go along with four touchdowns last season. He recorded 61 catches, 631 yards, and four scores in 2020.

Though the 2020 fifth-round pick headlines a wide receiver depth chart mostly featuring unproven players, he still believes that will be enough for quarterback Justin Fields to break out after a rookie campaign in which he struggled.

"He's locked in for sure," Mooney said of Fields. "He's gonna have a big year."

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