I have spent most of my morning nursing myself to full strength after waking up with an illness. So I apologize if Saturday’s Bullets are a bit brief.
- Let’s start with some positive vibes:
Congratulations to our Week 2 #CommunityMVP @RashaadCoward! The @ChicagoBears OL drove more than an hour to help launch a STEM + literacy program for students at Lincoln Elementary School in East Chicago, IN.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 20, 2019
— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) September 20, 2019
Bears OT Rashaad Coward named NFLPA Community MVP for helping to launch a literacy program at Lincoln Elementary School in Indiana.
Coward spent the day with students, distributing books to the 100 kids in attendance and working closely with them on various engineering projects. pic.twitter.com/hSzkqITAOm
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) September 20, 2019
— ODU Football (@ODUFootball) September 20, 2019
One of the coolest things of today’s @A4C_ATHLETES STEM event at East Chicago’s Lincoln Elementary was when @ChicagoBears @RashaadCoward got this vehicle chugging along for the kids. Everyone ran over to see it. I love seeing kids so excited. This is how you make a better future pic.twitter.com/UOIDUivaMp
— Jeff Terry (@nuclear94) September 18, 2019
- There are few things I enjoy reading more than when I see professional athletes give back to the community. It is truly inspiring to see members of the Bears (as well as the Bulls, White Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks, and anyone else) connect with those who look up to them, are less fortunate, have special needs, etc. It serves as a reminder that there is still plenty of good happening around us. It should also serve as a reminder that you don’t need to be a superstar to go out there and give back. If given an opportunity to give something to your community, even if it a small thing, you should do it. Because in addition to doing right by others, it might make you feel better.
- Alright, on to more football-is things…
- Danny Trevathan talking truths:
- Mitch Trubisky is going to be a part of history this weekend:
- Perhaps this is why Trubisky feels like the offense is so close to breakout out:
3rd &8 4th Qtr. Denver shows two High safeties. Safety waits on Mitch to give the silent count signal before he shows blitz. Protection is set safety is unblocked. Mitch nicely reads it and knows to get the ball To Burton. Incomplete but a lot of good in here . pic.twitter.com/Nr0uei7tug
— Olin kreutz (@olin_kreutz) September 18, 2019
- Trubisky has turned in a number of prime-time duds, but these ESPN analysts believe in the Bears defense to bring it home:
- This defense rocks:
Getting stops on 3rd down (the "money" down) is a huge momentum-builder for any team! These defenses have been the best at it through Week 2: #GoPats #Bears100 #Browns #DallasCowboys #RavensFlock #GoPackGo #GoBucs #Skol #Titans #BillsMafia #Seahawks @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/Zlq2k4iR7V
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) September 16, 2019
- If the “Sweep the Sheds” award isn’t given for literally sweeping sheds, then how does one get it?
Matt Nagy said Eddie Goldman won an award this week Bears coaches hand out for players who may go unnoticed. "He affected the line of scrimmage. He affected the quarterback. … Not to mention he also played through an oblique. Just showed mental toughness and physical toughness."
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 20, 2019
- Is the NFL coming to its senses?
Bradley Chubb has not received notice of fine for roughing the passer penalty so it appears at this time NFL has decided call that cost Broncos the game vs Bears was punishment enough. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 21, 2019
- There hasn’t been any word of Leonard Floyd or Eddie Goldman getting pinged with fines for their roughness penalties. That feels like good news for players who did nothing wrong. But also, it feels like bad news for that officiating crew if they had their eyes set on a postseason game.
- For the record, at least that crew got one important call right:
Al Riveron, on why the officials were correct to reset the clock to one second on the Bears' fourth-and-15 last weekend: pic.twitter.com/1rUsKHk7iI
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 20, 2019
- I’m glad someone acknowledged the snub of the century as Devin Hester’s Super Bowl opening kickoff return touchdown ws left off the NFL’s 100 best plays list:
HERE YA GO, FOOTBALL FANS.
— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) September 21, 2019
- The making of the George Halas and Walter Payton statues is pretty neat to watch:
- Calvin Johnson has dropped some quips here and there in his post-playing career, but SI.com’s Mike Rosenberg caught up with the retired star receiver for an extended piece:
Calvin Johnson was one of the best receivers of his era while playing for a completely incompetent team
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 20, 2019
- Of course Josh McCown, the Greatest Backup Quarterback of All-Time, remembers all of the Bears he threw touchdowns to in his career:
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) September 19, 2019
- Business is no longer boomin’:
If Antonio Brown does not wind up receiving his $9M signing bonus from the Patriots (the first $5M was due to be paid on Monday), he will go from a $30M guarantee in March to $9M guaranteed to just $158,333 made for 2019.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 20, 2019
- The NBA should take a page out of the NFL’s playbook and open up a “legal tampering period” for free agency:
Tamper At Your Own Risk! NBA Cracks Down on Free Agency with Some New Rules/Repercussionshttps://t.co/3RjrcwWpgl
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 20, 2019