Nothing announces the arrival of summer like eating frozen custard at Scooter’s in Lakeview. Bring on the warm temperatures, Mother Nature!
- I’d be as worried about the Bears offense as others if it didn’t have a leader with swag like Mitch Trubisky:
Just recorded Mitch Trubisky for this week's #Bears Banter podcast.
I asked him if there was a high school or youth game that stands out to him when maybe he scored 4 or 5 touchdowns and totally dominated.
"I used to score 4 or 5 touchdowns all the time."
Thats my quarterback
— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) June 22, 2019
- Alright, Mitchell. How about scoring 4-5 touchdowns per game in every game of the NFL’s regular season? It would go a long way toward beating the odds and rewarding investors who are willing to roll the dice on a quarterback who is a 75-to-1 long-shot to wi the league’s MVP award.
- If Trubisky wins the MVP, he’ll probably have to do something special for the guys up front protecting him. Pro Football Weekly’s Arthur Arkush catches up with center-turned-left guard Cody Whitehair, who shares a message from Offensive Line Coach Harry Hiestand that will make you feel good about what’s on the horizon. “He (tells) us that we have something really special here with the guys that we have in our room,” Whitehair told Arkush. “That’s what we’re striving for — to be the best in the NFL — and we just help our team win and be the best that we can be.”
- The Bears’ offensive line was one of football’s best last year, but could stand to be even better with Whitehair and James Daniels moving to their original positions. Throw in a fully healthy Kyle Long, Charles Leno Jr.’s stability at left tackle, and an improved Bobby Massie, and you can see why Hiestand is conveying a certain amount of confidence in the unit he coaches.
- Remember how good the guys on the other side of the line were last year?
A season ago, the Bears fielded the highest-graded defense we have ever seen. #ICYMI – PFF's Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony) looks back at their remarkable season and examines their 2019 outlook: https://t.co/Fybw5b3VYk pic.twitter.com/0wwuzYGuU8
— PFF (@PFF) June 22, 2019
- I believe that practicing against the best can make you the best, so I can totally see the Bears’ offensive and defensive lines helping each other out.
- Good luck telling Akiem Hicks that the regression monster is coming for the Bears’ defense:
.@ChicagoBears @The_Dream99 has his #FilmSession released this week. Here is a tease to what you are going to see and learn. A dominant defensive lineman on the #1 defense in the @NFL. #BaldyBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/uQDCyosvWU
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) June 22, 2019
- *Watches regression monster get thrown for a 10-yard loss*
- Hicks plays the run effectively and harasses quarterbacks with his pass-rushing prowess. He uses power and a burst you wouldn’t expect from a 3-4 defensive end to wreck things in opposing backfields. And while Hicks has been doing that stuff since he arrived in Chicago, but didn’t get the adoration he deserved because the Bears — as a team — weren’t all that good. It’s tough to get love when your team isn’t winning games. So long as the Bears keep up their winning ways, Hicks is going to continue to be a prime candidate to be featured for his dominant ways. There are few defensive linemen who are as fun to watch as Hicks, and I can’t wait to see how he follows up his first ever Pro Bowl season.
- It’s never too early to start scouting kickers:
💧from 63 yards by @G_Atkins17 on the @NKR_Camps college & free agent development camp.
Awesome camp with @kicker34 of (thefredmitchellaward/IG), @specialteamsfb & @TeamJacksonKick. ♠️ #NKR 🚀 pic.twitter.com/fzsSxEeBHZ
— National Kicking Rankings (@NKR_Camps) June 23, 2019
- It’s rare when a college kicker draws your attention in late June, but that’s exactly what long-time Chicago sports scribe Fred Mitchell did when he shared Furman’s Grayson Atkins kick a 63-yard field goal to win a camp competition. Quality kicking is hard to find, so I’m jumping on any hint that it could be on the horizon. Surely, the Bears are, too. I mean, why wouldn’t they be?
- Unfortunately, Atkins will be a junior when the college football season kicks off later this summer. And while I am interested in anyone who has this type of leg talent, I hope Atkins isn’t on the Bears’ radar when he is draft eligible. Because if he *IS* on their radar, that means something went terribly, terribly wrong with the team’s kicker search in 2019.
- If the Bears’ kicking problems persist, it will certainly put more pressure on the defense to keep opponents off the scoreboard. Last year’s team accepted all challenges thrown in its general direction, so I don’t expect this group to shy away from difficult spots. However, at some point (preferably, soon) the offense needs to pick it up and carry more of the burden.
- Sundays are for throwbacks:
Johnny Lujack led the NFL with 2,658 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 8.5 yards per attempt in 1949. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the next two seasons and was voted first-team All-Pro in 1950.https://t.co/30PtFOAmGI via @Larkin_Will
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) June 22, 2019
- Whole lotta Deals of the Day at Amazon today, including men’s clothes, books, toys, pressure washers, and more.
- Eat my shorts, Jeter:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) June 23, 2019
- I can’t get enough Coby:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 22, 2019