The best part of March Madness might be the lead-up to selection Sunday because there’s nothing like 11 a.m. basketball days to get you the juices flowing.
- This will get you hyped for the Bears’ 100th season, which begins at 3 p.m. CT:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 13, 2019
- The Bears didn’t get Le’Veon Bell, which means more runs for Mitch Trubisky … right?
- Trubisky rushed 68 times for 421 yards and three touchdowns last season – indeed, his improvisational skills were off the charts last year. But what stands out most about his rushing prowess is his actual running style. Re-watch the video above and watch how Trubisky runs the ball. He carries the ball and runs like a running back, which you don’t often see from quarterbacks. Obviously, quarterbacks aren’t running backs for a reason. But when they do become rushers, I like that Trubisky carries the rock in a way that doesn’t make it easy for defenders to strip him. The next step is perfecting a slide to keep him out of harm’s way.
- Even without Bell, the Bears have ways to keep opposing defenses honest with rushing threats. Beyond Trubisky, Jordan Howard, and Tarik Cohen, defenses have to account for Taylor Gabriel (9 attempts, 61 yards), Anthony Miller (6 attempts, 26 yards), and Cordarrelle Patterson (42 attempts, 228 yards!). And when they’re all on the field at the same time … watch out!
- In case you missed it, the Bears are expected to sign Patterson to a two-year deal worth $10 million once free agency officially opens up at the start of the new league year. Patterson never lived up to the billing of being a first-round receiver, but he has two first-team All-Pro seasons under his belt as a return specialist. New England used Patterson the best out of any team he has been on, giving him a career-high 63 touches (including 42 rushes – which also happens to be his single-season high). Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy and Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich would be wise to dive deep into the Patriots offensive scheme in order to best utilize Patterson moving forward.
- A nuanced thought: If the Bears aren’t going to invest in a traditional load-carrying back, the best alternative appears to be spreading the wealth to a variety of players who can be given carries. There is more than one way to get the job done and I’ve admired how the Patriots have handled their running backs room in the Bill Belichick era. Having waves of possible ball carries gives opposing defenses a ton to think about. That could make things easier for Trubisky to throw the ball elsewhere.
- A view from the outside:
I do not like this as a Green Bay fan https://t.co/v8NmM3Kxqz
— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) March 12, 2019
- If a Green Bay fan doesn’t like it, then it must be good.
- Quarterback guru loves the idea of a quarterback getting a ton of weapons:
The @ChicagoBears loading up on matchup issue people. Now have Burton/Cohen/Miller/Gabriel/Robinson/Patterson….I dig it for Trubisky
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) March 13, 2019
- I guess we shouldn’t forget about Mike Davis:
Soon-to-be new #Bears running back Mike Davis broke 8 tackles on 34 receptions (one every 4.25 catches) in 2018
Tarik Cohen broke 16 tackles on 71 catches (one every 4.44 catches) last year
— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) March 12, 2019
- The Bears spent a ton of money while adding free agents last year, but it was the team’s retention of Kyle Fuller that checked in among the top-5 moves from the 2018 free-agent frenzy.
- It’s not Le’Veon Bell money, but here is an update on what Josh Bellamy is getting in New York:
Numbers on Josh Bellamy’s contract: 2 years, $5M. Total guarantee: $2.75M ($1.82M signing bonus + $930k base in ‘19). Cap charges: $1.84M and $3.16M. Can earn up to $1M each year in incentives, based on PT and receptions. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 13, 2019
- I’m glad John Lynch finally landed his big-fish pass-rusher this offseason. Because if he didn’t, we’d have all season to hear about how hard he tried to get one:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
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