One Pro Bowl Snub, Trick Play of the Year, Mack's Priorities, and Other Bullets

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One Pro Bowl Snub, Trick Play of the Year, Mack’s Priorities, and Other Bullets

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I’m about 90 percent done with my Christmas shopping. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Maybe it’s 90 percent done in my head because I know what I need to get the people I’m shopping for and where I need to go. It’s just that I haven’t done it yet. This wicked cough isn’t going to help my cause, but I’m going to power through these Bullets and this day of #content, then get things done so I can share a happier update tomorrow.

  • You can’t tell me these guys didn’t deserve their Pro Bowl honors:

  • The Bears had five players selected to the Pro Bowl and seven alternates (headlined by quarterback Mitch Trubisky) who could join them at a moment’s notice. While these honors are (in part) a testament to fan voting, that aspect is just one-third of the process. That the Bears received as much Pro Bowl recognition as they did says a lot about how the league’s players and coaches feel about what’s going on in Chicago because they represent the other two-thirds of the selection process. The Bears have good players who are now finally being recognized for their efforts. Better late than never, I suppose.
  • A Bears legend talking to one in the making is worth your time:

  • Here’s the money quote from Mack: “We don’t want to play in that game more than we want to play in the big one.”
  • And it’s not like that’s a one-off one-liner:

  • You can’t tell me Mack doesn’t have his priorities in order.
  • One of the many reasons Kyle Fuller earned his first Pro Bowl selection:

  • Even though the Bears were well represented, there was one snub we should probably discuss. Eddie Goldman is one of the league’s best nose tackles and is playing his tail off this season. Goldman is Pro Football Focus’ 18th-highest-rated interior defender and his 83.9 grade is a career best. He was the longest of long-shots to make the game because his statistics (2 sacks, 4 tackles-for-loss, 2 quarterback hits) don’t jump off the page. But Goldman’s skills draw multiple blockers, allow him to eat space in the middle of the defense as a rush defender, and push the pocket back as a pass-rusher. Big No. 91 deserves some love today because he opens up things for attacks from every other angle from a ferocious Bears defense.
  • On the other side of the ball, the folks at Sports Illustrated ranked the top trick plays of the 2018 season and it should come as no surprise that the Bears came in at No. 1. After all, ’tis the season and all that:

  • This absolutely blew my mind:

  • Meanwhile, in Packerland:

  • Friendly fire from a Green Bay legend? Ouch. That probably hurts as much as getting out-played by Mitch Trubisky. And yes, I’m willing to look past Butler’s back-handed slap in Trubisky’s direction for the sake of content. He’ll have plenty of time to prove doubters and naysayers wrong over the next few years.
  • Robbie Gould would be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on the Wednesday before he plays the Bears. It’s only fitting:

  • Gould has made 96.3 percent of his kicks since being let go by the Bears before the start of the 2016 season. Bears kickers haven’t had anywhere near that level of success in the same time span, but the hope is that Cody Parkey can get there some day. Hey, a guy can dream … can’t he?
  • I feel better about the Parkey kicking situation knowing that he has the Robbie Gould Seal of Approval:

  • Raise ’em right, Robbie:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.