Only one more day until the Bears reveal their new orange jerseys and I’m totally here for it … and I hope you are, too.
- To be clear, it’s waaaaay too early to think too much about Week 1 betting lines. HOWEVER, it’s never too early to take advantage of a good deal when you see one. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports takes a look at some potentially valuable opening week plays, which includes the Bears (+8) at the Packers. Chicago might not win the game, but hanging tough with a team believed to be a Super Bowl contender (and covering, of course) in Week 1 could be viewed as a sign of things to come.
- Then again, perhaps we should think the Bears could do more than cover with a team that is arguably its most talented group since the 2010 team that made the postseason.
- While many of us are all aboard the Mitch Trubisky hype train and don’t have much intention to slow down, Reggie Wayne politely asks to pump the brakes with some of his recent analysis. Wayne cautions that Trubisky is about to be a rookie again and will have some different growing pains with a new head coach, offensive coordinator, system, and playbook. Trubisky will also need to build a bond with pass-catchers like Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, and even Kevin White to an extent. It won’t be all that easy, but Wayne believes Trubisky won’t take a step back despite this new set of challenges.
- Over at SI.com, Albert Breer dives into his mailbag to answer a question about Trubisky being the Bears’ franchise quarterback. Breer is fair and honest in his assessment, noting that he didn’t see enough of Trubisky in the 12-game sample to come away with 100 percent certainty. However, Breer does like how the team went about giving him better opportunities moving forward in the same way the Eagles did with Carson Wentz. The general feeling is that we’ll all have a better feeling about Trubisky at the end of the 2018 season.
- Really looking forward to seeing more of this in 2018:
#Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky…Can see the upside when projecting his fit in Matt Nagy’s offense. Arm talent, accuracy on the move, quick release, athleticism. Think of Trubisky in a modern pro system that leans on west coast routes, play-action, inside vertical throws, RPOs & QB designed runs — with upgrades at both WR & TE. This is a situation where Trubisky can make that Year 2 jump if he develops quickly under the new coaching staff. Swipe through to check out the cut-ups from the rookie film. #NFL
- Hopefully, Trubisky doesn’t have to show off his mad punting skills at any point this season:
— Mark Podolski (@mpodo) June 11, 2018
- Taking over the camp he went to as a youngster is a really good look for the second-year quarterback:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 14, 2018
- I love what-if scenarios, so I found myself digging into Jacob Infante’s piece at Windy City Gridiron and dreaming about what it would’ve been like had the Bears not picked Shea McClellin. I remember being frustrated about this pick the moment it happened while sitting with a friend. Prior to the pick, we rattled off a handful of names that would make sense at No. 19 and none of them were McClellin. In fact, after Day 2, he beat me to the punch and text me that he would’ve been more OK with the Bears taking Alshon Jeffery in the first round than McClellin. Wise words.
- Anyway, Infante goes through some scenarios that could have happened had the Bears gone down a different path and because I don’t want to spoil it for you, I recommend you read it for yourself. It’s a doozy.
- Over at BN, Michael writes about Wrigley Field getting a college football bowl game in the near future. Wrigley Field was the home of the Bears from 1921-1970, which hosted five NFL Championship games – with the Bears winning in 1933, 1941, 1943, and 1963. The Bears’ stay at Wrigley Field was a record for an NFL team to be in one stadium until the Packers’ stay at Lambeau Field broke it in 2007.
- Soldier Field isn’t hosting any league championship games in the near future, which will always be something of a disappointment to me.
- At least the rookies seem to think it’s neat:
- I can’t get enough of this stuff:
The #Bears have elevated Chris Prescott to fill the team's vacant National Scout role. Prescott started out as a scouting asst w/the #Jaguars in '03 and has been w/Chicago since '15. He's also served w/the #Jets.
— Neil Stratton (@InsideTheLeague) June 13, 2018