I still can’t get enough of Tarik Cohen’s touchdown, and apparently, neither could @ChicagoBears:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 21, 2017
- Let’s keep some good vibes flowing and spread the news originally shared by Zach Miller on Monday – he’s home for Thanksgiving. Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports the Bears tight end is home having returned to Chicago via private plane on November 6. Miller has spent the better part of three weeks in the hospital recovering from surgery following a gruesome dislocated knee injury. Football should probably be the furthest thing on our mind regarding Miller’s future, so we won’t go into detail regarding how much he’s missed on the field. But it’s great to see that he is home and in good spirits.
- While tight ends are on our mind, it was nice to see rookie Adam Shaheen get an increase in playing time and take advantage of it. Shaheen started, out-snapped Daniel Brown, and caught four passes for 41 yards – including a goal line touchdown. Tony Andracki of NBC Sports Chicago writes the Ashland University product is starting to show why the Bears chose him in the second round. Shaheen said he is building confidence while working with the starters, which the Bears can only hope is a permanent position for him moving forward.
- Keeping Shaheen and Cohen off the field during the Bears’ final offensive possession was a curious decision by John Fox – one he tried to talk through on Sunday. However, Cohen himself seems to understand the logic behind Fox’s thinking. “It’s just moreso about me learning more things in the offense, so in hurry-up situations I can be in the slot or I can go to the X receiver or Z receiver, or be in the backfield,” Cohen said, via JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. That Cohen seems to have a feeling for what he needs to improve on before Fox begins to trust him in high-leverage spots suggests to me he is likely to get a total grasp of it soon. If that happens to be the case, we’ll be able to put this behind us in the not-too-distant future.
- Mitch Trubisky’s self critiques are encouraging in an under-the-radar way. Lorin Cox of BearsWire writes the Bears’ rookie quarterback sees there are lessons to be learned in having to overcome adversity, adding there is no time for making excuses for rookie mistakes. It’s a mature stance that some quarterbacks don’t get through their heads until later in their careers. So to see Trubisky take it six starts into his NFL voyage counts as a positive development, as far as we are concerned.
- While focus has turned to the development of rookies on the offensive side of the ball, Jordan Howard remains the focal point. The Bears’ offenses is at its best when Howard is running successfully. Dan Cahill of the Chicago Sun-Times points out Howard continued his historic run of excellence on Sunday with yet another 100-yard game. His fourth 100-yard game of the season made him the NFL’s third-leading rusher. Further, Howard is 13 yards from surpassing Matt Forte’s team record for rushing yards in a player’s first two seasons. Consider the torch passed.
- John Fox with the understatement of the year regarding the Connor Barth experience, via ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson: “It wasn’t going great.”
- Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould fielded a slew of questions on Twitter and dished out some candid responses. When asked whether he smiled upon learning about Barth’s badly-missed boot, Gould tweeted “I wish everyone well and don’t cheer against people to not succeed.” and followed up by adding “I enjoyed my time as a Bear but I’m pretty excited about what we have going on with @49ers.” There’s clearly no public animosity from Gould, who continues to be one of the most popular Bears players despite having moved on.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweeted video of Detroit Linebacker Tamir Whitehead stepping on the leg of Bears left tackle Charles Leno Jr., questioning whether or not the move was intentional … and Whitehead’s wife responded in kind:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 21, 2017
I’m appalled. My husband would NEVER intentionally attempt to hurt another player. I won’t stand by and allow you or any other media personnel to question his integrity or defame him in any way.
— Shannon Whitehead (@Shananigans59) November 21, 2017