Re-Visiting Santa's Sleigh, Bradley Sowell's Name Pronunciation, Glennon's Journey, and Other Bullets

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Re-Visiting Santa’s Sleigh, Bradley Sowell’s Name Pronunciation, Glennon’s Journey, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

It’s the final day of my Vegas vacation and I’m taking it easy because there is a red-eye flight back to Chicago in my near future and would love to sleep through it.

  • Big dudes playing ping-pong and talking football is right in my wheelhouse:

  • Bradley Sowell’s touchdown catch against the Rams was one of my favorite plays of the year and is probably the coolest thing I witnessed at a sporting event I attended live in 2018. There were so many factors that were in play that made that moment special. Sunday Night Football buzz. A closely contested game. Two offensive wizards struggling to get going in a defensive sludgefest. And then there was Sowell – a reserve offensive lineman – finding paydirt to bring life to the stadium.
  • Also, I’m glad we finally got an explanation for how to properly pronounce Sowell’s name. Sowell (S-OW-ell or So-well, whichever rolls off your tongue easier) can chuckle about having a “stage” name and a family name pronunciation, but I can vibe with it – especially as someone whose name gets mispronounced often.
  • ESPN’s Mike Sando and Matt Bowen believe the Bears’ signing of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best bargain addition this offseason. And with good reason, as the one-year deal worth $3.5 million in a safety market where everyone was getting paid major dollars felt a bit light. But there probably wasn’t a better landing spot for Clinton-Dix than Chicago, where he’ll be paired with two All-Pros in the secondary and a front seven that features two of the game’s best defenders. I can see Clinton-Dix taking advantage of a great situation, having a high-impact season, and cashing in with a major payday from some team next offseason.
  • There was some love for what I thought was an offseason steal in the 49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year contract worth $10 million. This isn’t to say I don’t like what Mike Davis brings to the table, but Coleman has shown a bit more burst and might have more upside than Davis in a creative offense. Thankfully, the Bears won’t have to deal with Coleman doing things in Kyle Shanahan’s defense this year because San Francisco isn’t on their schedule.
  • Who’s to say Cordarrelle Patterson can’t be the biggest bargain in free agency?

  • What’s not to love about Cordarrelle Patterson? He is fast, fun, and versatile. Patterson is the type of player Bears fans have seen other teams use perfectly over the years because his speed is a game-changer. The Bears haven’t always had game-breaking speedsters, but the 2019 team projects to have several of those types of players who can be on the field at the same time. Opposing defenses are going to need good luck finding enough speed to counter Patterson, Taylor Gabriel, and Tarik Cohen when they’re all on the field together.
  • An old friend finds a new home:

  • So who wants to give Jon Gruden the scouting report on ex-Bears QB Mike Glennon?
  • Maybe Gruden’s Raiders signed Glennon so he could play the role of Mitch Trubisky on scout team before the two teams square off in London.
  • Glennon’s time in Chicago was a major let-down, so I feel as if he must be doing something right in the locker room to continue to receive NFL jobs. Mitch Trubisky said he learned things from Glennon and Mark Sanchez while he was a backup, so perhaps Glennon’s value is more about what he does on the sidelines than on the playing field. If that’s the case, then I suppose there’s nothing wrong with carving out that niche and making a career out of it.
  • On a lighter note, this feels accurate:

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Author: Luis Medina

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