Well, I thought it was rough when Soldier Field was ranked among the worst home stadiums in football. Fair, but rough.
But for FanJuicer.com to rank the Bears’ classic “C” logo as the fifth worst in the NFL, that’s where I draw the line. Market research poll, be damned. I will not sit quietly as a timeless logo gets ranked among the likes of Washington, Cincinnati, Cleveland and New York’s AFC team. No sir.
Further, I don’t understand how the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Titans rank ahead of the Bears here. The Patriots logo that rates ahead of the Bears isn’t even their best one. Sigh.
This is America and you have the right to your bad opinion. Let’s move on.
- The Bears did a great thing by signing Zach Miller to a one-year deal yesterday. And today, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Miller was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. This particular transaction ends his season. Still, his contract allows him to use Bears facilities and doctors during the rehab process. And $458,000 is a nice sum of money to bring home, too. I’ll be curious to see how Miller goes about earning his cash as a coach/mentor type on the sideline. We’re all hoping Miller gets himself back into good health, and believe whatever he brings to the team after that is a bonus.
- The odds of Miller’s return to the NFL are slim, but here is his own assessment on the matter:
Injured #Bears TE Zach Miller on possible return this year: "I'll just get as strong as I can. I'm not going to take it slowly or baby it, but I'm not going to rush it."
— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) June 5, 2018
- Perhaps there is a coaching gig in Miller’s future?
Zach Miller on if this role could lead to a coaching career: “It might give me a little taste of what that is, what that routine would be like. My focus is fully on this recovery … but it could be something where I can kind of see the lay of the land and see what it’s like."
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) June 5, 2018
- To make room for Miller on the roster, the Bears released tackle Matt McCants, who was recently added after working out with the team during rookie minicamp.
- It must be tough for Miller to watch the Bears’ new offense take shape while being sidelined. Whether it’s blocking or receiving, Miller just seems like an ideal fit for how the team is expected to use its tight ends.
- I’m not sure if ESPN’s fantasy projections can be used as an indication of how productive the Bears’ offense can be this season, but there are several notable Bears in Matthew Berry’s early PPR rankings. Trey Burton is a top-10 tight end, Allen Robinson is a top-20 receiver, and both of the Bears’ running backs (Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen) rank among the top-35. Mitch Trubisky checks in as the 20th-ranked quarterback, which suggests he has a way to go before you can put him as your fantasy QB1. Still, you can make a case that there are five draft-worthy players on the Bears’ offense. If you want to add the Bears’ projected 15th-ranked fantasy defense, then you’ve got six. Hey, that counts as improvement … right?
- Perhaps rookie receiver Anthony Miller will join the mix of fantasy relevant studs. We already know he feels shorted after checking out his projections. And I surely won’t bet against someone with his work ethic and attitude. Striking up a rapport with Trubisky will be the biggest hurdle Miller has to clear, but JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports writes that the rookie receiver already trusts his second-year quarterback.
- Tarik Cohen joined the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football program on Tuesday. You can watch the full interview here. Or you can whet your appetite below with a snippet in which Cohen says the Bears are “ready to eat steak” in what might be the most delicious analogy I’ve ever written about:
Hey @ChicagoBears fans, tired of eating at the NFC North kids' table?
— GMFB (@gmfb) June 5, 2018
- I, for one, am ready to see the Bears rock and/or roll in 2018:
- You never know when your opportunity to shine will come in the NFL. Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times shares a list of players who are in for tryouts during this phase of minicamp:
#Bears have some tryout players at minicamp today: RB Melvin Vaughn, TE John Wolfe, LB Josh Perry, LB Josh Woods, LB Kasim Edebali, LB Caylon Weathers, LS James Fisher.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 5, 2018
- On Monday night, the President of the United States un-invited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House, citing disagreements regarding standing for the national anthem. Mind you, no Eagles player showed a sign of protest during the anthem last year. We’ll dive into some of that stuff later when we go around the NFL. For now, let’s take some time to read what Sam Acho said after being asked about the anthem and if the things players are fighting for are being misinterpreted:
Sam Acho was asked about the national anthem and if the players are being misrepresented in what they’re actually fighting for. Here’s his response pic.twitter.com/RP11g2wOaC
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) June 5, 2018