For a guy who ran an offense exclusively out of the no-huddle at North Carolina, Mitch Trubisky seems to have full command of the huddle four games into his NFL career:
Josh Sitton with funny anecdote on Mitch Trubisky: "We started to break the huddle early, and he said, ‘Get the f— back in the huddle, and don’t break it until I break it.’ He kind of cussed at all of us linemen, and I was like, ‘Hell, yeah. I respect the s— out of that.’
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) November 8, 2017
Earning respect as a rookie quarterback is difficult for all of the obvious reasons, so I don’t expect demanding it to be an easy task. But it’s evident that Trubisky has earned it because he was demanding of it in the huddle.
- Despite statistics that suggest otherwise, there’s a growing belief in Trubisky’s abilities. The Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer catches up with Dave Ragone, Trubisky’s position coach, and he has a unique perspective regarding the rookie’s development. You’ll want to read the piece in its entirety, because I think you’ll get a good idea of where the team thinks Trubisky is right now and what he can ultimately grow to be.
- The Bears are still projected to be one of the second half’s biggest surprises, but those losses to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints sting if you’re brave enough to look at the current playoff standings. Flipping both of those losses to wins would put the Bears as one of three teams at 5-3 and in play for the final playoff spot. Turn one of those losses into a win and the Bears would find themselves as one of six teams at 4-4 with an outside shot of making a run. And with the 17th ranked strength of schedule remaining, one could make a case for Chicago – powered by its defense, running game, and a risk-averse rookie quarterback – as a dark-horse playoff team.
- New guy Dontrelle Inman comes with some buzz and a bit of downfield potential for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but perhaps it’s Markus Wheaton’s potential return that should be receiving some attention. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Wheaton is ready to make a positive impact on the Bears offense. Wheaton should be welcomed back with open arms as soon as he is healthy – which will be Sunday according to the most recent injury report. After all, the Bears brought Wheaton in with the idea he could be a vertical threat who stretches the field and keeps defenses honest, which would then allow the running game to thrive. That hasn’t happened at all this year for Wheaton, who has one catch for four yards in three games. Wheaton’s two year deal means his window to make an impact is relatively small, so it’s clear why he would be itching to get back on the field and prove himself to his teammates to be a valuable asset to this offense.
- While we have Inman on the mind, let’s take in some words from the new Bears’ newest receiver on his new situation:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 8, 2017
- The Martellus Bennett/Soldier Field revenge game wasn’t going to play out as expected because he was ruled out with a shoulder injury, and won’t play out at all because he was waived on Wednesday. Still, this story is far from over. Mike Florio of Pro Football talk reports Bennett disputes the Packers’ claims that he failed to report his shoulder injury. Bennett signed on with the Packers in the offseason to be Aaron Rodgers’ top tight end, but that tandem didn’t materialize into the kind of game-changing duo that was expected prior to the season. The future is hazy for Bennett, who could conceivably clear waivers, sign with a contender, heal up, and be ready for a postseason run before riding off into the sunset.
- Maury Brown of Forbes reports FOX Sports is adding Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen to its broadcast team. Olsen will be a game analyst for the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings on November 19. This could be a big spot for Olsen, seeing that these two teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt.
- That means Olsen won’t be with his Panthers teammates, though, I’d be interested in hearing his take on one of the league’s top defenses. ESPN’s David Newton writes this group – which ranks fifth in total yards and fourth in scoring defense – shares a common bond with the 1985 Bears defense that still rates as the gold standard … and it extends beyond Ron Rivera. Carolina’s defense is pretty stifling, and the Bears got to see it first hand when their two touchdowns came courtesy of the defense – specifically, rookie safety Eddie Jackson.
- The Colts released a pretty good cornerback in Vontae Davis, tweets ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s been a strange week for Davis, who was ruled to be inactive this week (non-injury) but then said his groin injury was an issue. The Indianapolis Star reports doctors have suggested Davis undergo season-ending groin injury, which would ultimately prevent teams from claiming him off waivers or signing him in free agency.
- This isn’t necessarily pertinent to the Bears, but I love really good offensive line play. Notre Dame, which has some of the best offensive line prospects in college football, is really getting it done in the trenches:
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 8, 2017
- And finally, get yourself some Bears swag why don’t ya?
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) November 9, 2017