I love learning about Bears history, which is why I’m glad the team shared this piece featuring Willie Thrower, Eddie Macon, and George Taliaferro – three African-American trailblazers in Bears franchise history as a nod to Black History Month.
Knowledge is power and you don’t know where you are going until you know where your favorite franchise has been. Catching up on the Bears’ past is always worth your time.
- I’ll admit to my biases, but can you name a better player-coach moment than Matt Nagy’s challenge to Mitch Trubisky? NFL Films caught the best of the best, but ultimately saved the best for last:
— NFL (@NFL) February 12, 2019
- “What I asked you to do in the start of the third is what you just did, right? It’s never always going to be 100 percent pretty, but you came through and you made throws when you needed to and you got us going the right way. We grew today. I love it.”
- Essentially, that clip as a microcosm of the 2018 Bears season. Was it always 100 percent pretty? Nope. It sure wasn’t. But Trubisky and the Bears made plays when they needed to and have the franchise going in the right direction. As for the Nagy-Trubisky aspect, the coach said the right things and pushed the right buttons in a 12-win regular season that saw Trubisky grow as a quarterback and leader of the Bears. What’s not to like?
- Also, where can I find a hype man like Nagy?
- We shared this perspective from Evan Silva in yesterday’s Bullets …
Worth remembering on #Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky: he started only one season at UNC. He's started two in the pros. So 2019 will be just Trubisky's 4th season as a starter since high school.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 10, 2019
- … But also found this added point really brought things full circle:
There is ample room for both skepticism & optimism. He has work to do as a passer. One thing I'd avoid because of his inexperience is speaking definitively about what he is or isn't based on his small sample size, especially after he made major 2018 strides.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 10, 2019
- In case you missed it, the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt. The transaction leaves the Bears (who never shut down the idea of signing Hunt) searching elsewhere for a running back to round out that position group. The draft and free agency will provide plenty of players to comb through in search of another back to throw into the rotation. Or they could shoot to the top of the board and target Le’Veon Bell if they felt compelled and creative.
- Even though Hunt is off the market, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune believes the Bears can still upgrade at running back during the offseason. Putting Hunt with pee-wee football teammate and fellow Ohio prep star Mitch Trubisky would have made for a heck of an on-field product, but the off-field concerns and questions would have been a load to handle.
- This is a thought:
Any team seriously pursuing Kareem Hunt would have to be completely comfortable with the processes required to arrive at a signing. Obviously, the Bears never were as comfortable as the Browns. Bears should feel OK with that outcome, assuming they were true to their processes.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) February 11, 2019
- JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago also makes note of the Bears’ journey to find help in the backfield continues now that Hunt is off to Cleveland. Perhaps Nagy’s vocalization helped push that market into motion. No matter what happens with Hunt on the field, I hope he makes things right off it. As for the Bears, the rest of the running back market awaits.
- What a moment between competitors:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 11, 2019
- It’s good to see Bears coaches move up the ladder:
#Bears coaching staff update:
Chris Jackson has been named a defensive assistant coach. He previously assisted the Bears during training camp in 2018 in conjunction with the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. pic.twitter.com/IJxpu3Fwow
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) February 12, 2019
- We updated our post featuring important offseason dates to reflect these additions:
- I grew up listening to Dan Jiggets on the radio with a variety of partners over the years, so I had to clear some time in my reading schedule for this piece by Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Funny. I was just thinking about jumping into the new-car market:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) February 12, 2019
- Drink bottles, Galaxy tablets, robot vacuums, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon.