One Week Does Not a Career Define and Other Bears Bullets

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One Week Does Not a Career Define and Other Bears Bullets

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A food-related update: I was eventually able to frost my cake and share it with others. The early reviews are in … and overwhelmingly positive. I’m a happy camper.

  • Losing to the Packers hurts. Doing so on prime-time and in a one-score game cuts deep. But things could be worse. The defense still kicks butt, Allen Robinson is an ace wide receiver, and — as my friend Jeff pointed out in a Facebook post — Eddy Piñeiro is the best kicker in football. I mean, it’s hard to argue with a 100 percent accuracy rate.
  • A worthwhile perspective on Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky:

  • “Last night was bad, but not career-defining” are the words that stick with me the most from that tweet. Extremes are outliers, and there is enough tape out there on Trubisky to objectively say he is not as bad as the quarterback who set foot on the Soldier Field turf on Thursday and delivered that performance. We also have evidence of Trubisky making game-to-game adjustments and improvements en route to bounce-back games. But the lack of consistency in his play-to-play and game-to-game showings simply hasn’t been there, which goes a long way toward explaining why opinions on the outside go extremely one way or another. The truth is always in the middle, it’s just that both sides have a long way to go before getting there.
  • At some point, the time will come when we don’t talk about Trubisky’s college inexperience as a factor for what is happening to him on the pro level … right? To be fair, Trubisky was always going to be a project. And while he had the measurables, looked the part, and said all the right things, for him to put it all together and be the guy worthy of moving up in the draft to take was going to take some work. Then again, that is why Matt Nagy was brought in to be the head coach. Not only did he have history with Trubisky from the pre-draft interviews and meetings while he was on the Chiefs, he also had a past as a quarterback developer with Andy Reid. Trubisky represents Nagy’s biggest challenge to date. As this season plays out, we’ll see how up for it he is.
  • It’s easy to go off the rails after watching Trubisky complete 57.8 percent of his passes and post a 62.1 passer rating, but Nagy has a message to pass along:

  • I’m less worried about how many games are left in the season and more concerned about the play-calling and offensive line play that was lacking. Not to mention the quarterback concerns.
  • At least the crowd brought its “A” game:

  • Though, I’m not sure everyone would agree with the assessment of the crowd:

  • This team has high expectations for itself and the fans have them, too. So I understand why some would boo.
  • Eddie Jackson called the booing at Soldier Field “unacceptable” and it leaves me with mixed emotions. On one hand, you can boo if you want. “Your dime, your time” as a famous former Chicago sports broadcaster once said. I feel as if fans have the right to voice their displeasure with what is happening on the field. The voice of the fan who wants their team to do better should never be silenced. And so long as the voiced disapproval doesn’t contain malicious language or cross the line, there isn’t anything wrong with showing your disappointment vocally. On the other hand, I can see why Jackson is upset because no player wants to hear their fans boo them on their home field.
  • The simple solution is to play better and win games. Play well and the boos will go away.
  • A lot of people watched a bad offense:

  • This was a bizarre distribution of playing time among the skill position players, and it leaves me with more questions than answers for the time being:

  • David Montgomery should’ve received more offensive snaps, and therefore, more carries:

  • The Adrian Amos revenge game was as cold-blooded as it gets:

 

  • Every dark tunnel has a light of hope:

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  • Bigger than football:

  • Antonio Brown is now an ex-Raider:

  • The wildest thing about this situation is that Brown didn’t even draw a paycheck from the Raiders:

  • So I’ve gotta ask: Are you in or are you out on Antonio Brown? Voice your opinion in a poll:

  • The Steelers’ new WR1 seems to be in a far better space than his predecessor:


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Author: Luis Medina

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