Every year, I draft a fantasy team I feel good about until one position group inevitably lets me down. This year, it’s a quarterbacks room with Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford. I have players elsewhere who can make up for their short-comings, though I’m not sure it’s sustainable over a full season. HELP!
- While we could break down every detail from Sunday’s loss to the Packers even further than we already have, we shouldn’t. I feel like you’ve had enough (I know I have), and, frankly, it’s time to move onto the Bears’ next prime-time contest against the Seahawks.
- But I couldn’t truly move on until sharing these tweets:
Eddie Jackson on the Bears' loss: “The whole team got lazy. We got too complacent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We didn’t finish. We came out the first half swinging. The energy was there. The second half I felt like the energy was low."
— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) September 10, 2018
- Sure, the truth from Eddie Jackson hurts, but the confidence that Anthony Miller shares is somewhat reassuring. That’s the kind of attitude the Bears need to take in order to fully move on from Sunday night’s collapse. Know what you did wrong and vow to be better moving forward. It’s as simple as that.
- It was a surprisingly disappointing first game from Trey Burton, but give credit to the Packers defense for making an adjustment and putting a top cover corner on Burton:
Pettine decided in 2H that his answer to Trey Burton was Josh Jackson. 0 receptions on 4 targets. 37 is a game changer. pic.twitter.com/lVCks2KmmR
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) September 11, 2018
- We loved Jackson coming out of Iowa and hate that he’s already proven to be a thorn in the Bears’ side. That he lasted into the middle of the second round is a mild annoyance topped only by the fact that it was the Packers who snagged him.
- Meanwhile, this non-throw to Trey Burton is all the rage. But ESPN’s Stanford Steve points out what we saw yesterday, this throw isn’t as easy as you think:
- Lorin Cox of Bears Wire breaks down what went wrong (and what went right) in Mitch Trubisky’s Week 1 performance. The good news is that Trubisky put a lot on tape for the Bears to dissect. Sure, the tough times stand out. But there were enough positive moments to where Trubisky should feel like there is a solid base to build from as he tries to take the next step.
- Pro Football Focus’ Mark Chichester shares grades for each of the NFL’s 32 first-round picks. Smith played just eight snaps, but earned a 69.9 grade after picking up a sack on his first professional snap. A nice performance in a small sample of snaps leads us to believe it’s only a matter of time until Smith gets an increased role and a spot in the starting lineup.
- Transitioning from one linebacker to another, the Bears officially announced that Brian Urlacher will be honored at Monday’s game against the Seahawks. WGN’s Larry Hawley notes the all-time great linebacker will have a number of ex-teammates at Soldier Field to celebrate the moment. I suppose the best way to honor the most recent Bears player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is to beat a Seahawks team to open its home slate of games.
- While there were times where finding positives for the offense was like pulling teeth, there were plenty of positive vibes coming from the defense (at least in the first half). Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official website writes about how defensive end Roy Robertston-Harris stepped up with a strong performance on the defensive line. Robertson-Harris picked up the sack that knocked Aaron Rodgers out of the game and the pressure that led to Khalil Mack’s pick-six. Jonathan Bullard got the starting nod, but the two split snaps pretty evenly (Robertson 22, Bullard 21). This is a trend we’ll probably see a lot of as the goal should be to keep the unit’s top pass-rushers along the line fresh and prepared to play a full 60-minute contest.
- Seeing the T-Formation took me back to my time as a high school football writer in Harrisburg (Ill.) way back in 2009:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 11, 2018
- Spread formations and run-pass options are great, but have you ever watched a football game where it feels like your guys are just running downhill all day behind a strong offensive line? It’s pure bliss.
- Matt Nagy’s homage to the Bears’ past sparked the Bears’ first-scoring drive, which left me stunned. The Athletic’s Dan Durkin provides insight on a drive that lived up to an offseason of hype and anticipation. More of that, please.
- On the other end of the offensive game-planning spectrum, Northwestern Unviersity football coach (and one-time rumored Bears coaching candidate) Pat Fitzgerald has a take:
"RPO is the purest form of communism."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 11, 2018
- RPOs have been a big part of our offseason conversation, but it’s weird that someone who played for and coached with the late Randy Walker, who introduced a lot of these concepts while at Northwestern has this angle.
- A trip in the Way-back Wednesday machine reminds us that the Fridge was a BEAST back when he was in college: