Howard Runs 'Blind,' D-Line Breakouts, Cutler's Confession, the Next Trubisky, and Other Bullets

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Howard Runs ‘Blind,’ D-Line Breakouts, Cutler’s Confession, the Next Trubisky, and Other Bullets

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The Cleveland Browns are taking a progressive route toward sorting out its quarterback situation (maybe the Bears will take note).

Not only is DeShone Kizer starting Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Brock Osweiler isn’t scheduled to play at all. If you recall, the Browns made a daring trade to acquire Osweiler (and draft picks) from the Houston Texans in what is reminiscent of a good ol’ fashioned MLB-style salary dump.

To be sure, Cleveland hasn’t been a model franchise for building excellence on the gridiron for some time now, but this new regime is aggressively trying to write a new chapter in its history.

Good on them.

  • To their credit, the Bears are trying to build a better future too. Their latest (long-term thinking) move was signing Charles Leno Jr. to a contract extension to keep him with the team through 2021. Leno Jr. started all 16 games last year and was a surprisingly effective pass blocker. The extension isn’t necessarily a bank-breaker either, and it locks up Leno Jr. – who won’t turn 26 until October – through his prime years. Essentially, this move makes him part of the offensive core that will hopefully bring brighter days (and lit scoreboards) to Soldier Field.
  • Running back Jordan Howard is seen as another piece of that core. And he revealed to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times that he was (literally) running blindly last season. “I was just going out there kind of blind,” Howard told Jahns. “I couldn’t see far away.” Howard ran for 1,313 yards en route to a Pro Bowl appearance, but isn’t satisfied and isn’t planning to settle.
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  • I feel like the Bears were snubbed by a Fanatics survey which somehow concluded that the Minnesota Vikings fans are the most hardcore in football. I’m pretty sure we all know some fans who would go beyond sitting on a hornets nest, eating cockroaches, and passing on bathing for a year to see their team win it all for the first time since Super Bowl XX. Recount, anyone?
  • Former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz didn’t mince words regarding the team’s current state while in Los Angeles. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes Martz shredded the Rams for hiring head coach Sean McVay in a book titled “Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks” by Thomas George. Martz sees the hire as the Rams bringing in a “buddy” for second-year quarterback Jared Goff. McVay is the youngest coach in the NFL.
  • No coach-quarterback buddy teams here, but Daniel Jeremiah is on the hunt to find the next Mitch Trubisky, an off-the-radar prospect who could turn in a season that launches them into top-five pick status. Jeremiah highlights five players, including a quarterback, who could take college football by storm.


Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.