The Great Debate Between Adrian Amos and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Begins and Other Bullets

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The Great Debate Between Adrian Amos and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Begins and Other Bullets

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Is there anything more annoying than knocking in an own goal on an air hockey table? I mean, come on!

  • Adrian Amos shared this message as he left Chicago for Green Bay:

  • Amos is undeniably one of the bigger success stories of the Ryan Pace era. A fifth-round pick who played his way into a Year 1 starter and developed into a four-year starter (despite being briefly benched by John Fox in 2017) is as good as it gets. Amos was a portrait of stability, durability, and professionalism at the strong safety spot. If Pace and his scouts continue to find players like Amos in the draft, the organization will be better for it.
  • Moving forward, there is a lot to like about Amos’ replacement, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. We’ll get to him as the day goes along. In the meantime, check this out:

  • There is a popular sentiment that the Bears “won” the Amos/Clinton-Dix safety exchange because they are paying Clinton-Dix just $3.5 million for one season. Getting Clinton-Dix at that price is a value, to be sure. HOWEVER, if the Bears don’t make the most of that advantageous situation by spreading those savings elsewhere, then what Player X is making compared to Player Y receives means nothing. You pay to get good players, but you play to win the game. To my knowledge, NFL teams don’t raise banners for saving cap space.
  • For what it’s worth, Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic gave the Bears’ signing of Clinton-Dix an “A” grade. And while the Bears look good in the short term for the move, the long-term winner might be Clinton-Dix. Think about it. Someone was going to take a hit in a crowded field of talented free agent safeties and it turned out to be Clinton-Dix. Now he goes to a friendly situation where he’ll play with several All-Pro/Pro Bowl defenders, be paired with a stud safety he is familiar with, and play under a DC in Chuck Pagano who has a reputation for getting the most out of players in the secondary. If Clinton-Dix can play Amos’ role as well (or even better) than Amos, a major pay day will be on the horizon at this time next year when he will be alone at the top of the market.
  • This stat is worth filing away:

  • As is this perspective from Matt Bowen, the ESPN analyst who has game experience playing safety in the NFL:

  • That’s some real praise for the coaching staff that’s coming from a real place:

  • On the other side of the ball, this thread of video analysis from Olin Kreutz on new Bears running back Mike Davis has me intrigued about what the new guy can bring to the table:

  • If your team isn’t going to invest heavily in a featured back, then the only alternative is to have depth in a backfield with multi-faceted players. The Bears’ running backs room – as currently constructed – is layered with different pieces who can do different things. It will be up to Head Coach Matt Nagy, Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich, and Running Backs Coach Charles London to put the puzzle together.
  • Speaking of the running back position, Cordarrelle Patterson weighed in on his time playing it in New England: “I’ll be honest, it wasn’t pretty. … It’s hard to be a running back in this league.”
  • Good idea:

  • Be glad you’re not a defensive coordinator who has to game plan for situations when Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson are on the field together:


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.

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