Sayers Highlights, Remembering Marcus Robinson, Elite Pass D, NFC North Copycats, and Other Bullets

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Sayers Highlights, Remembering Marcus Robinson, Elite Pass D, NFC North Copycats, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

I needed to see this tweet this morning:

Maybe you did, too. There are times when social media can be a drag, but all it takes one message in 280 characters or fewer that can provide a much-needed change in perspective.

  • What better way to celebrate Gale Sayers’ birthday than with some highlights:

  • Sayers’ emergence onto the scene in 1965 was unlike anything the game had ever seen to that point. He racked up a league-leading 2,272 all-purpose yards and scored 22 total touchdowns if you tack on the two return touchdowns onto the 20 he scored as a rusher and receiver. Sayers was a dynamic player who was a first-team All-Pro in each of his first five seasons and a Pro Bowler in four of those years. It’s unfortunate injuries kept Sayers from having career longevity, but his impact on the game and the Bears franchise was still felt despite his time on the field being cut short.
  • The year was 1999 and good things were bound to happen if you were throwing it to Marcus Robinson:

  • Reading the incomparable Jack M. Silverstein’s dive into “The Legend of Marcus Robinson” was a fun trip down memory lane.
  • The 1999 Bears weren’t much to write home about, but Robinson caught 84 passes for 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns in what was a breakout season in Gary Crowton’s razzle-dazzle offense. Robinson was so good, he made 1,000-yard passers out of Shane Matthews, Jim Miller, and Cade McNown. That trio combined to throw for 4,352 yards and 25 touchdowns. They also threw a less-than-desirable 22 interceptions, so it wasn’t all great. But Robinson was great, so at least we had that going for us when we were rooting on the Bears that season.
  • It’s a shame McNown was never able to corral his talent and turn himself into a decent pro quarterback. There was so much hype around a guy many believed was the most pro-ready signal caller in that draft. That turned out to be well off the mark as he played just 25 games in the league and threw more interceptions (19) than touchdowns (16).
  • I would remark about how that is as disappointing as it gets as a first-round quarterback, but two of McNown’s draft classmates can stake a claim for having more disappointing careers than what he had. First overall pick Tim Couch made 62 starts, had four seasons in which he was his team’s primary starter, but never lived up to the billing. Third overall pick Akili Smith started just 22 games in his career and more than twice as many interceptions (13) than touchdowns (5). At least Donovan McNabb (six Pro Bowls) and Daunte Culpepper (three Pro Bowls) were there to save that quarterback class from being a total disaster.
  • Gosh! The Bears’ pass-defense was SO good last year:

  • I’m at a point in the offseason where I want to start typing “the Bears will miss Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan” when talking about the secondary, but replacing them with proven pros Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Buster Skrine softens the blow. There is reason to believe that Chuck Pagano is going to get the best out of these guys because he has a track record of coaching up defensive backs. Coach Pagano (and this defense) will get the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.
  • Progress is coming:

  • ICYMI: Tight end Trey Burton is sitting out OTAs after offseason sports hernia surgery. The procedure is linked to the groin injury he suffered before the Bears’ postseason loss to the Eagles. Chicago was fortunate to not suffer a ton of injuries last season. And while history repeating itself doesn’t seem likely, I’d rather the Bears deal with things now, then ease guys back into the flow of the offseason training program when the time is right. The hope is Burton will be ready for training camp, so the news isn’t all bad.
  • Let the man live. It’s the offseason!

  • Poor Harry!

  • Wise words from Eric Cressey shared by Robbie Gould:

  • COPYCATS:

  • Just because a big name hits the open market doesn’t mean the Bulls are a fit:

  • Synchronized archery is a new thing we’re bringing to “Outside The Ivy” this summer:



Author: Luis Medina

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