Bears-Lions Week is serious business, but one reporter at the Detroit coach’s press conference on Wednesday featured an ice-breaker question that came with an equally cold response:
Jim Caldwell asked about his favorite movie, said he cares not to share cause he doesn't want it to be misunderstood and doesn't want to explain it.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 13, 2017
Following John Fox, we are no strangers to a non-answer as an answer, but this takes the cake.
So what’s your favorite movie you don’t want to admit to liking? Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with us.
- Tarik Cohen has been a one-man highlight reel during his rookie season with scores as a rusher, receiver, passer, and return man bringing brightness in what has often been a dull season. Over at Pro Football Focus, Mark Chichester notes Cohen has been targeted on 32.3 percent of the time he has gone out in a pattern on a pass play. That’s the third-highest percentage among running backs this season. Cohen has PFF’s seventh best receiving grade among running backs, so the Bears are getting their money’s worth when he’s out running routes. The Bears have put a lot on Cohen’s plate in his rookie season. Not only is he Jordan Howard’s backup, he is also the team’s second-most targeted pass catcher and Wildcat quarterback.
- While Cohen makes a lot of magic happen due to his own athleticism, the guys up front set the tone. Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson put together a list of the top-25 offensive lineman this season, where you’ll find one Bears representative. Guard Josh Sitton is PFF’s 10th best lineman, securing his spot in the top-10 because of his excellence in pass protection. Sitton has allowed just 10 quarterback pressures in 335 snaps in pass protection. No wonder the Bears were fielding calls from teams interested in acquiring him at the trade deadline. For Mitch Trubisky’s sake, I’m glad the Bears stood pat.
- Trubisky has been one of the league’s top performers when quarterbacks are often needed to put their best foot forward … on third down. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes Mitch has been a money player on third down where his 97.3 passer rating checks out as the sixth best in the NFL. We dove into some of the deeper numbers behind Trubisky’s third-down success prior to the team’s Week 14 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The rookie quarterback made positive strides on other downs, too, so perhaps we’re starting to see it all click for Trubisky.
- But when it comes to that whole thing about Trubisky not having any third-down picks, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune suggests asking him about it seems like a bad idea. It’s nice to have a quarterback with a little sense of humor at Halas Hall. Laughing is good. And we can use all the good we can get after another losing season.
- It’s still impressive Trubisky played as well as he did against Cincinnati considering the talent available to him on the outside. You could argue the biggest sign of growth Trubisky has made this year wasn’t the 100+ passer rating or the completion percentage north of 75 percent, but instead, it was that he put up those numbers with rookies at tight end and running back as top passing options with Kendall Wright as his leading receiver. Chris Emma of CBS Chicago writes the Bears receivers room, which doesn’t have the greatest options heading into 2018, but Wright and Dontrelle Inman are playing for future contracts and playing their way into consideration to be in the mix next year.
- Detroit added a defensive lineman to the mix on Wednesday in a late-season attempt to improve its depth. The Lions claimed defensive tackle Rodney Coe off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. Coe, who played his high school ball in downstate Edwardsville before moving on to Akron, has just two snaps of experience under his belt this season. He was an undrafted free agent in 2016 who has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars before this season.
- After beating up a banged up Bengals team, the Bears could find themselves taking on a Lions squad limping into Saturday. Detroit will be without two of its starting offensive lineman as center Travis Swanson and right tackle Rick Wagner have been ruled out for Saturday’s game, according to Tim Twentyman. This marks the second straight game Wagner (PFF’s 12th-highest-graded tackle) will have missed. A third offensive lineman, Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang, has been listed as questionable. Sack artist Ziggy Ansah is also questionable for Saturday’s contest.
- And because I can’t drive it home enough: SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY — not Sunday like we’re all accustomed to — but SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY:
#NFL Network EXCLUSIVELY broadcasts a doubleheader of Week 15 games starting with the Lions hosting the Bears at 2:30 PM.
For Bears-Lions, Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner, with Heather Cox Bears-Lions will also be available on local stations in Chicago (WMAQ) and Detroit (WDIV).
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) December 14, 2017