Some people are fans of Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears. Others aren’t. And then there’s Michael Lombardi, a former NFL GM, who brought out the blow-torch to both entities on the “Follow The Money” podcast hosted by Mitch Moss and Paul Howard of the Vegas Stats and Information Network.
Seriously, the dude is not having any of it: “No, I’m not buying Mitchell Trubisky. You couldn’t get me to buy Mitchell Trubisky if you had him on a discount rack at Filene’s Basement,” Lombardi said on the podcast (which you can listen to here). “There’s no chance. He can’t throw the ball in bounds half the time.”
Ouch. That’s a serious burn. But it didn’t stop there: “It’s a joke. I was in Chicago and all I saw was Trubisky jerseys,” Lombardi said. “I was thinking you people are crazy. You’re going to be selling them in three years.”
Evidently, Bears running back Tarik Cohen caught wind of Lombardi’s rant and voiced his displeasure:
@mlombardiNFL watch how you talkin bout my QB boy
— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) November 6, 2018
Ooh wee! It’s always good to see players have each other’s backs, when one gets publicly dragged, especially in the case of Trubisky, who’s growing into the league’s most polarizing quarterback after just 20 professional starts.
But Lombardi’s “savage” take-down of the Bears didn’t end there. Nope. Lombardi isn’t just not buying Trubisky, he’s not buying the Bears – in general – citing the schedule they’ve played in the first nine weeks of the season: “When they have to play somebody tough, I think it’s a real problem,” Lombardi explained. “I think the Bears are over-valued.” Mmmmk.
Sure, strength of schedule is usually a fair place to look if you’re trying to separate contenders from pretenders, but Lombardi would go on to call the Chargers’ victory over the Seahawks a “signature win.” Meanwhile, the Bears beat the Seahawks in Week 2 and that’s apparently, what, nothing? So, yeah, I’m not sure I’m buying what Lombardi’s selling. Indeed, Lombardi is not without his fair share of misses when dealing out piping-hot takes:
— The Ringer (@ringer) September 3, 2017
Did you catch all that? Here are some of Lombardi’s comments on the eventual Super-Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles:
- “Now, everybody knows (Doug) Pederson isn’t a head coach …. He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.”
- “Only Carson Wentz can save Pederson’s job,” Lombardi claimed. “and Wentz actually got worse during his rookie year, not better.”
- “Look, the Eagles looked increasingly sloppy and unprepared as the 2016 season limped along. That ain’t changing in ’17.”
Knowing what we know now about how the 2017 season ended for the Eagles … maybe we shouldn’t give Lombardi’s thoughts on Trubisky or the Bears any more space than it deserves.