I’m not sure if if my foot injury is healed enough to wear the fancy (and flamboyant) dress shoes that were purchased last spring to wear at a wedding I am attending this weekend, but I’m going to give it a shot. And if it further complicates the injury, I suppose I can cross that bridge when I get there.
- Look who’s back in rare form:
It's nice to have a go-to receiver you can count on. Here are the receivers who have the highest reception rate per route run so far this season: #RavensFlock #BoltUp #Colts #Saints #GoNiners #Skol #TakeFlight #Seahawks #Bears100 #LARams @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/S2oa1tKtCm
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) September 26, 2019
- Allen Robinson has the ninth highest reception rate per route run this season. And yes, that is a lot of verbiage to detail what could be put this simply — Robinson is back to being the go-to receiver he was with the Jaguars before a knee injury on the first series of the 2017 season ended his year. Welcome back, #12.
- This is what the Bears signed up for when they pushed hard to make Robinson their top free agent priority in 2018. Yes, his deep-ball prowess stands out, as does his ability to snag 50/50 balls. But there is so much more to his game than winning outside the numbers. Robinson runs every route on the tree and from every spot on the field. Crossing pattern? He can do it. Slant route? It is there when you need it. Double-move? Oh, gosh, yes! This is what a top-tier receiver looks like, my friends.
- Through three games, Robinson is on pace for 91 catches and 1,083 yards. The 91 receptions would make for a career best, while the 1,083 yards would be his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2015. If it happens, it will have been a long time coming. And while Robinson doesn’t have a touchdown yet, it is easy to envision them coming soon.
- Now, if only the quarterback could fully take advantage of having a premier receiver at the peak of his powers.
- Perhaps that time is coming soon. I am feeling a little bit better about the Bears’ quarterback situation after hearing from Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky discuss the heated exchange that was caught on Monday Night Football. I love that Nagy wants to coach Trubisky hard. And I appreciate that Trubisky didn’t go into a shell because he loves getting yelled at by his coach. There are times in life when you need a kick in the pants, and I believe the Bears reached one of those moments on Monday Night Football. The defense had been doing its job all night, but Trubisky hadn’t pieced together a long scoring drive. Nagy’s pep talk might have been what Trubisky needed to get it in gear. I hardly think it is a coincidence that the Bears put together three scoring drives after that exchange.
- JJ Stankevitz (NBC Sports Chicago) checks in with the evolution of Nagy’s pep talks for Trubisky. We have come a long way from “I’m going to challenge you right now … for greatness” in Week 8 of the 2018 season to what we saw on Monday night. When it comes to managing the most important player on the field, I imagine it is good to have a coach who can can drive home positive reinforcement and one who is willing to tear you down to build you back up. It also helps to have a quarterback who can take both.
- And yet, there is still work to be done on offense:
— PFF (@PFF) September 26, 2019
- I try not to ride PFF too hard for their grades, but it feels like Taylor Gabriel’s amazing catch as part of a three-touchdown night should have merited a better grade.
- On the other side of the ball, this looks about right:
- This was fun to re-live one last time:
- OK, now we can move on to Vikings Week:
Here's Zimmer's full quote: "Everybody told me [it was tough] when I got here, then we won some games. I guess if you turn the ball over and you create penalties and you do dumb things it’s a pretty hard place to play. I think
they’ve lost their last two at home."
— Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) September 25, 2019
- Amazon launched a big revamp of their Alexa-attached products, including new products and also will be offering Samuel L. Jackson as a new Alexa voice. Now that it’s on my mind, Mace Windu giving me directions would be neat.
- Kyle Long has no hard feelings regarding Tarik Cohen accidentally exposing him on Instagram:
Kyle Long says Tarik Cohen texted him after he accidentally posted a livestream of him naked. He wasn’t upset. ‘Shit happens,’ Long said
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 25, 2019
Kyle Long was a good sport about the accidental naked video. “Embarrassing? More like em-bare-ASS-ing,” Long said.
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) September 25, 2019
- On a lighter Cohen-related note, this provided a unique perspective that I hadn’t been aware of before:
— E:60 (@E60) September 23, 2019
- This is a mood:
- I feel awful for Bryce Callahan:
Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan out until November.
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 26, 2019
- When he is on the field, Callahan is one of football’s best slot corners. He has big bursts in short spaces, is willing to get physical, tackles well in space, and even blitzes with precision off the edge. Callahan is a ton of fun to watch when he suits up. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been healthy since the Bears-Rams game last year.
- Speaking of the Bears-Rams game, it turns out Vic Fangio might have broken Jared Goff:
Ted’s Film Room: The Rams still haven’t quite figured out the Fangio Blueprint
This season, McVay has some answers against the 6-1 that he didn’t have in the SB but the Rams’ O still hasn’t quite looked like the explosive unit we’ve been accustomed tohttps://t.co/DInUFGhzCU pic.twitter.com/i0rNoKaGdq
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) September 25, 2019
- Oh my:
— Cooper (@RushingBaseball) September 25, 2019
- Troy Aikman doesn’t have time for nonsense:
iCYMI: Talk to me when when he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles https://t.co/Ba8kjPRnDs
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) September 24, 2019
- Rest in peace:
- The Bulls signed a guy who was an All-American talent coming out of high school, which is kinda neat:
The Bulls have signed a former big-name prospect to a camp deal: https://t.co/6pRgCJFrh5
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 26, 2019