Did you know the first use of the term World Series was in reference to a professional football tournament and not America’s Past Time?
I didn’t, so you can join me in reading up on this history lesson via the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One day soon, I hope we’re discussing the Chicago Bears playing in the World Series of professional football – also known as the Super Bowl.
- There is a significant boom-or-bust factor regarding the potential pursuit of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, one where the risk might outweigh the possible award for a receiver-starved team such as the Bears, writes Chris Emma of CBS Chicago. Bryant already carried baggage with a year-long suspension (use of banned substances), but the on-field beef with his declining role in Pittsburgh’s offense has popped up and is a cause for concern. The Bears have gone out of their way to try and rid the locker room of me-first types, jettisoning two of their best pass catchers in the process. Eventually, Chicago might need to take a risk with a player like Bryant, but perhaps the Steelers wideout is the wrong guy right now.
- For what it’s worth, not everyone agrees: Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report writes that Bryant is the ideal trade target for the Bears. Sobleski writes Bryant is loaded with talent, but not untouchable, which makes him an intriguing trade chip despite the concerns tied to the mercurial receiver both on and off the field.
- But rather than run a risk with Bryant, the Bears have reportedly acquired receiver Dontrelle Inman from the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. Inman had a breakout 2016, but has been a non-factor for the first four games of the 2017 season.
- Perhaps we’ll soon find out more about Trubisky’s passing tendencies when the team travels to New Orleans in search of their third straight win on Sunday. Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune expects the Saints defense to force Trubisky out of his comfort zone in his second ever road start, meaning he’ll have to be more of a playmaker than a game-manager. Despite operating in a conservative, run-heavy offense, we’ve seen Trubisky make plays down the field in the passing game – mostly because of his mobility. The New Orleans defense allowed 793 passing yards and six touchdowns and went without an interception in the first two games of the season, but have since picked off eight passes and allowed just three throwing touchdowns in the last four games. I’m not sure whether I’m more curious about which Saints defense shows up or which direction the Bears decide to go in order to attack said defense.
- It would be nice to get Trubisky some help on the outside, if only because it can assist in keeping him from sliding all the way to the bottom of Doug Farrar’s Bleacher Report quarterback power rankings. Farrar’s latest ranking has Trubisky as the NFL’s 31st best quarterback, with only Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer of the Cleveland Browns ranking lower. This is the second consecutive week in which Trubisky has fallen, with Farrar noting mixed bag of results from the handful of throws the rookie made. The Bears are winning because Trubisky hasn’t turned it over, but Farrar believes the Bears’ offensive game plan isn’t doing much in terms of developing a quarterback.
- At least the Bears, as a team, are moving up one set of power rankings. That they’ve passed the Green Bay Packers in the process is icing on the cake.
- And to think, they wouldn’t be there without NFC Defensive Player of the Week Eddie Jackson, whose defense provided all the offense the Bears needed to take down the Panthers in Week 7. Think he can line up at receiver?
- Game recognize game:
"He's having a Pro Bowl seaosn," Saints coach Sean Payton said of Bears DE Akiem Hicks, who played in NOLA from 2012-15.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) October 25, 2017
- Akiem Hicks, who played 48 games over four seasons with the Saints, is possibly licking his chops in anticipation of showing off in front of his former organization. And Hicks might very well get that opportunity, especially with New Orleans being without guard Larry Warford, who is expected to be out several weeks because of an abdominal injury according to Ian Rapoport.
- Connor Barth can rest easy now knowing Roberto Aguayo is in no position to take his job. The Carolina Panthers signed Aguayo to their practice squad on Wednesday. Place kicker Graham Gano probably isn’t at risk of losing his gig, seeing he is 16 of 17 (94.1 percent) on attempted field goals this season.
- Jay Cutler will see a familiar face in the Miami Dolphins quarterbacks room with the team signing David Fales to back up Matt Moore this week. Cutler is out with an injury to his ribs sustained during the team’s win against the New York Jets on Sunday. Miami plays against the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow on Thursday Night Football.