Mic'd Up Pagano is Hyped, Optimistic Miller, Re-living the #ClubDub Magic, and Other Bullets

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Mic’d Up Pagano is Hyped, Optimistic Miller, Re-living the #ClubDub Magic, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

As tempted as I am to want to jump in the snow and make an angel, I’d rather stay inside under a warm blanket.

  • Because of the abrupt ending to the postseason, we never got a proper #ClubDub send-off … until now:

  • The “Club Dub” experience was one of the most unique things to pop up this year. It grew organically from a neat thing the Bears did to celebrate wins to something fans wanted to watch and participate with on their own. Waiting for “Club Dub” videos to drop from the team’s official social media outlets was totally a thing that happened in 2018 that wouldn’t have ever happened before. One can only hope this is the first of many compilations to come.
  • One of the things that stood out most during #ClubDubSZN was the number of participants. It felt like everyone on the team was in on it. Surely, it helped having healthy players. Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune dives into the importance of health and the role it played in the Bears’ 12-win season. The Bears were definitely fortunate from a health perspective, but it’s not like they weren’t due for some good news on that front. Chicago had been one of the most unlucky teams in the NFL when it came to games lost due to player injuries, but was one of the lucky teams in 2018. I’m not sure there is a way to bottle up what happened in 2018 and re-create it in 2019, but if there was such a way, I hope the Bears find it.
  • I’m already looking forward to an animated Chuck Pagano on the sidelines:

  • Bonus points if he can bring Ed Reed over to coach safeties. The Bears still have an opening at Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, a position Reed has held before. I’m not saying, I’m just saying…
  • Over at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron, Jeff Berckes sits down with Anthony Miller in an exclusive interview with the rookie wide receiver who brings hope, energy, and upside into 2019. There is some love for Matt Nagy, a window into when he’ll be fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Joshua Bellamy’s place on the team, and confidence that the Lombardi Trophy will be coming back to Chicago soon.
  • Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller highlights the big winners from the East-West Shrine Game and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as college football all-star season kicks off. A pair of players we were interested in caught Miller’s eyes, which makes me want to continue to keep tabs on these players moving forward. Miller said Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur “has the accuracy and arm talent worthy of a late-round flier” with the potential to become a developmental player. He also raved about Miami cornerback Michael Jackson, who he says “can line up on the boundary … or play the middle of the field.” Miller seems to believe that Jackson could have a future as a nickel corner, a position where the Bears could lose an impact free agent in Bryce Callahan.
  • Miller’s write-up of Rutgers safety Saquan Hampton caught my attention, noting his ability to provide big hits with a “fierce mentality” to go along with NFL-caliber athleticism and size. Maybe he’s not a Week 1 starter, but Miller’s assessment has Hampton as someone who can play on special teams while working his way into the safety rotation. Sounds like an ideal Day 3 pick for the Bears’ defensive backfield.
  • Over in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Chuck Pagano got to see something Matt Nagy didn’t earlier in January – a game-winning 43-yard field goal. Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone made a 43-yard kick in the third quarter to break a 7-7 tie to give Pagano’s American Team a 10-7 lead they would never relinquish. Elsewhere in the kicking world, Matt Gay knocked in a 47-yard attempt at the East-West Shrine Game. Should the Bears want to try and find the next Aldrick Rosas, combing through the college all-star circuit is a good place to start.
  • Perhaps we should also note the performance of game MVP Wes Hills, who played three years at Delaware (which happens to be Nagy’s alma mater) before becoming academically ineligible and moving down to Slippery Rock. Hills rushed 10 times for 78 yards and a touchdown on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. He’ll get a chance to further show off his talents at next week’s Senior Bowl.
  • We crushed on Eddie Jackson yesterday. And while he won’t get a ton of votes in the race for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, his stats are worth throwing his name into the conversation:


Author: Luis Medina

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