Ask and you shall receive:
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) March 28, 2018
I’m no big-city fashionista, but 1) I like the orange threads and 2) I think they would look swell with a little tweak here and there. Again, I’m no fashion expert, but pairing the orange tops with navy bottoms might be one of the coolest looks in football. And I also feel like blue numbers with white trim would be an especially sharp touch.
Look good. Feel good. Play good.
Sounds like a plan to me.
- Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Adam Jahns writes about the aggressive approach Matt Nagy looks to take in his first year as head coach. It projects to be something drastically different than what we’ve grown accustomed to over the last three years with John Fox, which is probably (definitely) a good thing. And it’s not going to be limited to offense either, as Nagy hopes to push the envelope on defense and special teams, too. “Overall, we’re going to be much more aggressive than we are conservative,” Nagy said.
- A product of being more aggressive could be as simple as running more offensive plays. In 2017, the Chiefs offense ran 1,027 snaps. As a point of comparison, the Bears ran just 988. A 39-play difference doesn’t seem like much, but it’s worth noting that the overall volume of Chicago’s offense has been on the decline the last two years while the Chiefs have been steadily in the thousands. More offensive plays leads to more scoring chances. And more scoring chances, could lead to more points. It can be that simple. Get the ball, keep the ball.
- JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago notes that the timing of the Bears’ free agent spending spree could not have been any better based on the team’s current situation. Mitch Trubisky’s contract is paying him peanuts relative to other quarterbacks, which means the Bears are spending just $9.6 million against the cap for the position as a whole. Comparatively speaking, the Bears are using just 6.4 percent of their cap space on the QB position in a league where there are 20 teams using at least 10 percent. That’s an especially good outcome for a team that had (and still has, in ways) many spots to fill.
- Teaming a young quarterback with a bevy of pass-catching options has the new Bears head coach geeked about getting started. Unfortunately, he’ll have to be patient like the rest of us. Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly portrays Nagy as a sugar-crazed kid waiting outside the candy store that is opening soon, but not soon enough. Nagy is counting down the days until he can officially work with his new team at voluntary workouts … aren’t we all?
- Starting on April 2, Nagy and the rest of the NFL’s new head coaches (Jon Gruden, Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia, Steve Wilks,
Josh McDanielsFrank Reich) are allowed to have “football communications” with their players. From there, Nagy will undergo the early stages of installing a new offense with the help of two backup quarterbacks who are familiar with the system and a tight end who feels as if he knows it very well despite not playing for Nagy.
- And let’s not leave the defense out of the equation just yet. Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune writes about the excitement surrounding the defense moving forward – particularly regarding the return of cornerback Kyle Fuller. Bears GM Ryan Pace said there was “a lot of internal excitement” about Fuller’s return after the team matched the Packers’ four-year offer sheet.
- Speaking of the offer sheet, here’s what Packers GM Brian Gutekunst had to say about the whole deal:
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) March 27, 2018
- Back to figuring out why Pace is excited about Fuller’s future. It’s possible that it all clicked for Fuller in 2017 after fighting through the learning curve of transitioning from Mel Tucker’s defense to the one run by Vic Fangio. Perhaps it took Fuller some time to get comfortable in a new defense and it’s possible that’s the reason it took Fuller until Year 3 to play his best in a new scheme. A healthy Fuller who is comfortable in the scheme could have produce a follow-up year similar to that of his breakout campaign. And since he is in what is largely considered to be the prime of his career, there is a fair chance the best is yet to come.
- Between his work behind Trubisky and Dak Prescott, we have seen a glimpse of what Mark Sanchez can provide to a quarterbacks room, but his days in Chicago seem numbered after the team signed Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray. Alas, Sanchez probably won’t be out of work for long. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Sanchez is viewed as a possible candidate to take over as a backup behind Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. If you’ll recall, Sanchez played three years at USC while Pete Carroll was the team’s head coach. And while things ended on a sour note, it appears the two sides have patched things up.