How many times have you seen the replay of Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury? As far as I’m concerned, once was enough. And if you haven’t seen it, then consider yourself fortunate. It’s a bit of a heart-wrencher.
- Alright, so expectations are high in Chicago:
Expectations rising in the Windy City 🏆
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) June 10, 2019
- No pressure, guys.
- The good news is that mandatory minicamp SZN is here. That means the gang will be getting together and that we’re that much closer to training camp getting started. Which means exhibition football isn’t all that far away. And that means meaningful football will begin soon enough. The bad news? Well, it’s that we’re still discussing the Bears’ vacancy at kicker.
- I doubt the Bears are going to announce their Week 1 kicker after this three-day minicamp, but will they actually take three kickers to camp? There isn’t anything wrong with that if it happens to play out like that, but it would be nice to give one guys (or even two) the bulk of the workout reps so he can get acclimated with the long snapper and holder he’ll work with in the year to come. But since no one has broken through just yet, the competition to take Cody Parkey’s gig remains as open as it ever was at Halas Hall.
- Save for the kicker, the Bears are pretty set around the gridiron. There isn’t a position you would circle as a major weakness anywhere on this team. Are there question-marks? Sure, but questions regarding the running back trio, depth among the receivers, and tight end usage can be solved during training camp. Solutions regarding depth in the secondary will emerge as guys battle for positions in the coming months. Things will work themselves out eventually. Hopefully, we’ll be able to say the same about the kicking situation when it’s all said and done.
- Despite the Bears’ kicking situation, Gary Davenport (Bleacher Report) believes signing Mike Glennon was the Bears’ biggest mistake of the last 10 years. Glennon was handed $18.5 in guarantees to throw more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4) during a 1-3 start that pushed the Bears to start Mitch Trubisky before the team originally planned. And while there is a STRONG case that the franchise’s biggest whiff was cutting Robbie Gould before the start of the 2016 season, I guess I can see where Davenport is coming from. After all, that’s a lot of money for sub-par production.
- For what it’s worth, I still maintain the Bears did right by the process in 2017. They would have been applauded for giving Mitch Trubisky a redshirt year, just as the Chiefs did with Patrick Mahomes. Unfortunately, they simply bet on the wrong horse to get them to the finish line.
- Further, the I still feel as if the team did the right thing in getting Trubisky in the lineup when they did. To be honest, we saw Trubisky out-perform Glennon throughout the preseason and make something out of nothing to give us hope for the future. No, Trubisky wasn’t great as a rookie. But he showed enough flashes to spark the idea that he could be the guy fans have been waiting for to run the show for years. At minimum, it truly opened our eyes to how much work needed to be done to build the right offense around him and that the John Fox-Dowell Loggains tag team wasn’t the duo that would usher in a new era of Bears football.
- Palate cleanser:
Rodgers throws surface tablet after seeing Trubisky chug beer combo.gif pic.twitter.com/Ff5WZAlJU6
— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) June 1, 2019
- Jim McMahon’s words of wisdom for Trubisky (via the Tribune) should be taken to heart: “This town has always been a Bear town, and it’s always going to be a Bear town. I think this is a hard-working town, and these fans appreciate hard-working players. And they know who plays hard and who doesn’t. If you play hard for Chicago, they’ll love you. And if you play hard and win, they’ll love you forever.” Well said, Mr. McMahon!
- Get it, Trey:
Trey Burton enters his second season with the Bears following a productive 2018! pic.twitter.com/2JnnyQ361W
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 10, 2019
- Remember, Burton was a top target last year for Trubisky – especially in the red zone. Burton’s presence in 2018 helped Trubisky go from posting a 78.9 passer rating and 48.2 percent completion rate in the red zone as a rookie to putting up a 101.9 passer rating and throwing 17 touchdowns inside-the-20. More, please.
- I’m still not over how awesome last weekend was at Bears100:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 9, 2019
“These days here for the centennial celebration, I’m still trying to find words for what they’ve meant to me and I hope to all of you.”
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 10, 2019
- You already know:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) June 10, 2019
- That’s a lotta dudes:
The Bulls Have Brought in 42(!) Prospects for Pre-Draft Workouts https://t.co/DZhsDbpMrB (via BN)
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 11, 2019
- There’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends who break all-world lefty Andrew Miller by homering in their final career at-bat during Game 7 of the World Series never die:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 11, 2019