I’m ready. You’re ready. But most importantly, he’s ready:
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky says he’s pulling a page out of LeBron James’ playbook and going dark on social media this season. James removes himself from social media during the NBA playoffs and that seems to work quite well for a guy who has made the NBA Finals nine times. It’s a proven recipe for success, so why not follow it?
- Before we dig into some Bears nuggets, the NFL and NFLPA came together and created a joint statement regarding the league’s new anthem policy:
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 20, 2018
- If you’ll recall, the NFLPA didn’t take too kindly to the league’s anthem mandate from earlier in the summer. And to show that it meant business, the NFLPA filed a grievance against the league over the policy. But still … it’s nice to see the NFL and NFLPA working together for a change. That both sides have had discussions regarding the matter and are working on a resolution is proof that anything is possible if we put our minds to it. Everyone in this country is working to live their best life, and we can all get there if we work together and take that step in unison. Let’s roll!
- Back to Bears football, where I’m glad there is no quarterback controversy in the works. The starter is the starter and there is no question about who QB1 is right now and who it should be moving forward. The answer is Mitch (he smartly dropped the “ell” this offseason) Trubisky and we couldn’t be any happier about it.
- Trubisky probably couldn’t be any happier about the changes that have taken place in the offseason. Sure, he told the Chicago Sun-Times that the new offense he is learning is “more complex” than the one he was in last year (which would otherwise be a bit concerning) but is easier to execute. So … that’s a win, right?
- A very important facial hair update:
Mitch Trubisky is here and still has his beard pic.twitter.com/Xyk5xj2IYq
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) July 19, 2018
- As for the receiver whom will be Trubisky’s top target, leave it to an ex-Bear to drop an intriguing comparison. Cornerback Alan Ball told the Chicago Tribune that Allen Robinson compared favorably to Dez Bryant, citing a knack of getting the ball and making big plays. Ball and Bryant crossed paths when both were with the Cowboys, while Robinson and Ball practiced against each other when both were with the Jaguars.
- Both Trubisky and Robinson shared confidence in that the two build chemistry, which is something we hope to see first-hand at camp. “He got healthy and he’s starting to look like the old Allen Robinson and it’s just good to see,” Trubisky said, via Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic. “We got to throw a couple of times recently and he’s getting back to his old self, just getting more and more comfortable, getting his legs underneath him, getting that speed back. … The more reps we get, it’s all about repetitions for us, continue to build that chemistry.”
- Changes in personnel on the field aren’t the only differences we’ll see. Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun-Times profiles Adam Amin, who will provide a new play-by-play voice for the Bears’ preseason games. A new era of Bears football deserved a fresh sound in the broadcast booth and I’m looking forward to giving something new a shot.
- The Bears announced Jason Brooks, Travis Fisher, Chris Jackson, Thaddaeus Ward, Ronnell Williams, and Corey Woods as coaching interns for the duration of training camp as part of the league’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. It’s a program that uses NFL training camps to give up-and-coming coaches a first-hand experience at what it’s like to coach in the NFL. Good luck to these coaches as they start their climb up the coaching latter.
- The updated Super Bowl odds are out (conveniently enough just days before I take a brief Vegas siesta) and we hope you took our advice when we told you to jump on the Bears at 100/1 back in March. That number is now 80/1. Are there any values that intrigue you? Let’s be friends because I’m always willing to listen to wagering advice:
NFL futures from @LVSuperBook
Odds to win Super Bowl 53, odds to win NFC Championship, odds to win AFC Championship, early Super Bowl 53 pointspread and total. pic.twitter.com/JFcu56HIn9
— Covers (@Covers) July 19, 2018
- Father time continues his undefeated streak as Darrelle Revis recently announced his retirement. One of the league’s best cornerbacks of his era, Revis came up with 29 interceptions, made seven Pro Bowls, earned four first-team All-Pro nominations … but came away with just one interception against the Bears.