After losing my car keys in my bedroom, I ripped through the joint and turned it upside-down and inside-out. Luckily for me, I found my keys and the television remote I misplaced earlier in the week too! Finding what is lost is good for the soul.
- There are two ways to approach the Bears’ kicking drama. You could either get bogged down in it or you can embrace it. I’m a fan of facing things head-on, and I am here for the ridiculousness:
— The Ringer (@ringer) May 8, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) May 6, 2019
- Look at it this way: The Bears are providing a public service. Chicago’s kicking conundrum is going to get us through the dog days of the offseason. And apparently, it’s also going to help others get through it. In the end, we’ll all be better for having gone through this exercise. And if the Bears can get through it with a certified upgrade at the position who makes us forget about the double-doink that ended last season, then it will have been worth it.
- If not … well, let’s just say I’m not prepared to deal with that at this point of the offseason.
- In case you’ve been living off the grid, the Chicago Tribune provides a timeline that leads us to how we got to this point in the first place.
- No matter who’s kicking in 2019, they’re going to be rocking a sweet-looking patch on football’s best uniforms celebrating the charter franchise’s 100th anniversary:
Best look so far at the Bears' centennial patch. pic.twitter.com/1aGvymXScG
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) May 8, 2019
- Remember, there is going to be a jersey reveal at the #Bears100 celebration in June. I can’t wait to see what that looks like. In addition to panels featuring star Bears linebackers, quarterbacks linking past and present, and the Greatest Return Man in the History of the World, there is also room for this franchise’s elite safety play. Larry Mayer (ChicagoBears.com) shares information regarding the most recently announced panel, which will feature star safeties Gary Fencik, Eddie Jackson, Mike Brown, and Doug Plank. Four all-time greats, including one (Plank) who had a friggin’ defense named after his number. Ahhh, may remnants of the 46 defense live on through football history forever.
- Speaking of secondary excellence, the NFC North was either really good or ridiculously bad when it came to defending the pass last year:
No one allowed a lower passer rating as a team than the Chicago Bears did a season ago as the NFC North also had another top-4 team with the Vikings. pic.twitter.com/ZIwdu3iLOQ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 8, 2019
- The Bears at the top. The Packers near the bottom. That’s what we like to see!
- There are concerns that the Bears’ pass coverage will take a step back after losing Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan last year. And while I understand the worry, it’s re-assuring that the team isn’t relying on rookies or un-tested players to replace them. There is something about replacements having worthwhile NFL game experience that gives me confidence moving forward, though I can’t really put my finger on why that is.
- Buster Skrine’s issues with penalties and big plays out of the slot corner position aren’t going to be put to rest until he proves he can get it done on a weekly basis while wearing the navy blue and orange, but I’m willing to give him that opportunity to prove himself. As for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix replacing Amos, my concerns are non-existent. I think Clinton-Dix is going to make the most of playing on a one-year “prove it” deal while lining up next to a first-team All-Pro safety at the back end of a defense that featured five other top-100 defenders (as selected by Pro Football Focus).
- The Packers and Lions should be better after their offseason acquisitions. Then again, I feel as if I say this every year about the Packers. Between 2014-18, Green Bay drafted six defensive backs in the first two rounds, then added another in 2019. Shouldn’t they be good at this by now?
- Chuck Pagano, the Bears’ defensive coordinator with a knack for getting the best out of DBs, is a fighter. This is worth your reading time:
Sixteen months after being fired, Chuck Pagano returns to Indianapolis on Thursday to pick another fight with cancer. And he’ll be aided by his former team, the Colts. A story about class, character and hope: https://t.co/wvAaBVhbMs
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) May 8, 2019
- Whether it’s on the field or off it, Allen Robinson is awesome for sharing his story:
After Allen Robinson read “Curious George” to elementary school children, he shared a cautionary tale with them: Slacking off on his schoolwork almost cost him his football dream.https://t.co/7mnddj7aT8 via @_phil_thompson pic.twitter.com/D01nd7e46p
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) May 7, 2019
- Of course Mitch loves the teachers. Who doesn’t?
.@Mtrubisky10: “Much appreciation to all the amazing teachers out there, especially my sister Mariah, who teaches kindergarten. The impact you have in young children’s lives is so inspiring. Thanks for the positive difference you make in our communities.”#TeacherAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/YoEk1ecfPm
— Chicago Bears (@BearsOutreach) May 7, 2019
- The Cubs are back:
Oh my God we're back again
Brothers, sisters, everybody sing pic.twitter.com/QhKIF1VtMN
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) May 8, 2019
- Lawn gear, and clothes/jewelry for mom are among your Deals of the Day today at Amazon. Please do not forget about Mother’s Day. I’m going to remind you every opportunity I get. OK? No slacking.