A brief PSA: Be careful when taking a ride-share and make sure you are getting in the car you requested. Check the license plate. Make sure your driver is who the app says it is. And if someone asks you if you need a ride, and it is unsolicited, don’t take it. Be safe out there, friends.
- Thursday mornings are for remembering to set your fantasy lineups. And if you’re willing to take advice from NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano, you won’t be starting Tarik Cohen. David Montgomery has seen more of a snap share and Mike Davis has been a change-of-pace back, which has left Cohen with just a 37.5 percent snap share. I understand Nagy and the Bears wanting to limit Cohen’s snaps to protect from overexposure, but this trend might be taking it too far.
- But on the other end of the spectrum, Mark Deming of SI.com writes not to be hesitant to play Montgomery and Cohen when Chicago travels to Washington for Monday Night Football. So … what’s the play again?
- The film suggests Cohen should be a big part of the Bears’ offensive game plan moving forward:
- Kudos to Matt Nagy for showing a commitment to the running game. And while the results weren’t always there, I can’t get past how this phase of the game is so close to breaking out. If the offensive line’s blocking can find some traction, the whole offensive unit will benefit from it.
- And once defense convince themselves the Bears are zigging, they can throw Cordarrelle Patterson and zag:
“Plays on plays” — Two plays after Patterson’s 46-yard run to the left, Nagy lines him up in the backfield again. This time, the play goes right, but Gabriel goes in motion and intercepts the pitch, taking it back to the left. Picks up 14.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 19, 2019
- This is what a modern running game is supposed to look like for this team. Speed and power going in either direction with the threat of a cut-back always looming. But make no mistake, it all starts up front.
- Stud offensive lineman Kyle Long knows it, too. “The offensive line and I know that it starts up front and there are a lot of things I can do better, a lot of blocks I’m not making, a lot of guys not accounted for,” Long said, via the Bears’ official website. “I’ll be on guys at the beginning of the play, and then at the end of the play they’re around the pile.” It is maddening that the Bears are a few finished blocks away from having some big gains. But because it seems like they know that, I can take solace in that the group is working to plug that leak in their game.
- This passing game … yikes:
In case you wondered where Mitch Trubisky ranked after the first two games of the year in Bears lore. pic.twitter.com/8u8e9Xd0PF
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) September 18, 2019
- Nagy is going to install this into his playbook so quickly, it will make your head spin:
- Fall lawn care stuff is among the Deals of the Day at Amazon today, and if baseball season ends as quickly as I think it might, I should probably take a look at what is available because I’ll have plenty of time this fall to care for my lawn.
- This game was wild:
Remember when the #Bears and Redskins combined for 86 points back in 2013?
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) September 19, 2019
- The Lions have been tanking for years, soooo …
Tanking is how MLB and NBA teams have successfully built contenders in recent years. Now the Miami Dolphins are in on it—but there’s no proof (yet) it can be as effective in the NFL. https://t.co/cQ5cqqZUNW
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) September 19, 2019
- Instead of becoming the billionth person on earth to start a podcast, I’ll just land as a guest on everyone else’s show:
The latest installment of "Everyone Has a Podcast But Me" — yours truly jumps on with @BN_Bulls @Schuster_Elias to talk about Star Wars, how the guy from the crying meme sparked a player empowerment movement, and more! https://t.co/EpCd5cMVMl
— Luis M. Needs A Clever, New Display Name (@lcm1986) September 19, 2019
- Considering how being on Team USA helps forge relationships that tend to lead to player movement, I hate that Zach LaVine wasn’t on the squad this summer:
Team USA Could Have Used an Offensive Weapon Like Zach LaVine … But He Wasn’t Invitedhttps://t.co/fDf3eJuHe7
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 18, 2019