I laughed at something so hard this morning, I coughed … and coughed … and kept coughing. I’m not going to be laughing if this brought back the cough that was nagging me a few days ago.
- The Bears’ depth along the defensive line has grown into a team strength, but these guys also have personality. There aren’t enough guys like Roy Robertson-Harris, who is profiled here:
"I got bigger, I got stronger and eventually everything played out the way it was supposed to."@BigXander95 shares his football journey and discusses how family has made him the man he is. @advocatehealth | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/d3ljynYmGE
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 10, 2018
- Robertson-Harris’ journey to get where he is today is a unique one. He was signed as an undrafted free agent outside linebacker our of UTEP in 2016, but spent his entire rookie season on the reserve/non-football illness list. But from there, Robertson-Harris bulked up, changed positions, and has grown with this defense. Even though he didn’t win the starting job at defensive end to start the season, Robertson-Harris has out-snapped Jonathan Bullard and Bilal Nichols in what has been an effective rotation to this point. That things are going well for Robertson-Harris on and off the field serves as a reminder of how some of the toughest journeys can have the best rewards.
- How talented is the Bears’ defensive line? They have two players (Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman) among the 20 highest-graded interior defenders at Pro Football Focus. Only the Lions and Rams can make a similar boast. If you wanted to expand it a bit more to fit another Bears player, then allow us to point out the Bears have three in the top-32 (with Robertson-Harris checking in at No. 32). That’s one way to be stout against the run, but we can’t over-look the contributions these guys can make as pass-rushers. It’s just another thing that makes this defense great.
- Here’s a fun factoid that is rooted in fantasy football and can be applicable the real thing: Pro Football Focus’ fantasy wing points out Mitch Trubisky has thrown the third highest percentage of passes to the end zone this season. Only Russell Wilson (11.3%) and Deshaun Watson (10.2%) throw it in the end zone more often. The takeaway here is that the Bears are getting into the red zone more often, which has led to Trubisky throwing into the end zone at a high clip, and the Bears scoring more points per game than they have in the last few years. Ever
- Here is what the spectrum looks like:
- Some Trubisky love from the opponents sideline:
— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) November 9, 2018
- The Bears already got one decent quarterback who played their college ball along Tobacco Road, so why not another:
Scouts from the Patriots, Bears, Giants, Dolphins, 49ers, Saints, Browns, and Raiders are on-hand at the UNC/Duke game today. Plenty of QB needy teams potentially getting a look at Daniel Jones.
— J Reid (@JReidNFL) November 10, 2018
- I’m doing my best to not look toward April’s draft, but I suppose it’s fair to point out that the Bears are going to want a quarterback with upside as a backup as an insurance policy for Trubisky at some point in the near future. Duke’s Daniel Jones could go anywhere between the first and third rounds, according to Walter Football’s prospect guide so he probably isn’t going to be on the Bears’ radar. But still … it’s something to keep an eye on because there’s value in following a developmental backup like what the Patriots had in Jimmy Garoppolo or someone who can give you meaningful snaps in games of consequence like the Eagles’ Nick Foles. Just something to keep in mind for a later date.
- This is neat:
- EXCUSE ME …
They called this a first down?!?!?!? WHAT? pic.twitter.com/D9tMBClxwU
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 10, 2018
- In case you want to get some Christmas shopping done well ahead of schedule or you just want to stock up on some Bears gear for the stretch run, Fanatics has a sale that ends tonight that could pique your interest.