Who needs coffee when you wake up to Bears rumblings?
OK, I *always* need coffee.
In case you missed it, there are morning updates on where Adrian Amos is playing next, Khalil Mack agreeing to restructure his contract to create salary cap spending space, and an Obsessive Le’Veon Bell Watch. Hence the late-bullets.
- Here is a look at new Bears cornerback Buster Skrine busting a screen:
Chargers run a swing screen to Allen. Buster Skrine gets past the WR's cut block and makes the 1v1 tackle on Allen. Great play. pic.twitter.com/zUqCH7xlFb
— Joe Blewett (@Joerb31) December 27, 2017
- More of that, please.
- More of this, too:
- A player’s charitable efforts aren’t likely to be something about which most fans care, but I’m always interested in how players connect and give back to the community. In that vein, it looks like the Bears got a good one in Skrine:
- After parting ways with linebacker Sam Acho, it’s nice to add a player like Skrine who was really active in the Jets’ community. Keep up the good work, new guy!
- When it comes to on-the-field stuff, I’m intrigued by Skrine’s pre-draft profile:
This is from 2011, but here’s Buster Skrine’s pre-draft scouting report from PFW pic.twitter.com/AIto8JAX4E
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) March 11, 2019
- The last line of the Skrine summary stands out: “Responded well in opportunities against better competition.” This can be taken in any number of ways. Skrine could play up to the competition in front of him. It’s possible that the biggest challenges push him in ways that he could not have otherwise been pushed. Maybe it means that the level of talent around Skrine in Chicago could lift his play to new heights. This will certainly be the most talented team Skrine has ever played for in his time in the NFL, which would lead the optimistic types to dream on the idea that the best is yet to come for this slot cornerback. Just a thought.
- This, too, is encouraging:
— Matt O'Leary (@MattOLearyNY) August 17, 2018
- That’s what Skrine looks like at his best defending the slot. There is plenty to like in that snap shot.
- Sometimes, good offense beats good defense. Skrine knows that first-hand after trying to defend Anthony Miller:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 28, 2018
Anthony Miller with excellent body control pic.twitter.com/g1fgdwMOmj
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) October 28, 2018
- Matt Nagy deemed that a special throw and we gushed about Miller and Mitch Trubisky growing into a special football bromance. Though, I doubt Skrine wants anything to do with that conversation.
- This is foreign stuff to us, but:
The Bears drafted Adrian Amos in the 5th round, got 4 years of capable play out of him for just under $4M total, and now are letting somebody else overpay him while picking up a likely 3rd or 4th round compensatory pick in return next year.
That's how a well-run franchise runs.
— Johnathan Wood (@Johnathan_Wood1) March 12, 2019
- Losing Adrian Amos to the Packers stinks, but at least we still get to root on Eddie Jackson:
Eddie Jackson had one of the best seasons by a safety we've ever graded – and was hands down 'Best Coverage Defender' award winner in an exceptional Year 2 pic.twitter.com/V2xJN0F1RF
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 12, 2019
- And Akiem Hicks:
Akiem Hicks @The_Dream99 led all interior defensive linemen with 34 run stops last season
— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) March 10, 2019
- This was a fun fact while it lasted:
Your @kfishbain fun fact for today: Adrian Amos is the Bears' last asset remaining from Greg Olsen. Amos was drafted fifth round (142nd) in 2015, a pick acquired in return for Brandon Marshall. Marshall was landed by Chicago with a third-round pick sent from Carolina for Olsen.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) March 11, 2019
- The only thing more fun than that fun fact is this contract:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
- $21 million in the first two years is a healthy chunk of change and can go a long way north of the border. That’s a lot of cheese and brats, my friend. Spend wisely.
- An old friend calls it a career:
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 12, 2019
- There are a lot of names in this tweet that a football fan of a certain age will recognize:
Frank Gore's first NFL team, the 2005 49ers, featured PJ Fleck as a wide receiver, Ken Dorsey at quarterback, Mike McCarthy as a young offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo as quality control, Vance Joseph as assistant DBs coach. Frank Gore is still in the same role he was then.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) March 11, 2019