I had trouble sleeping last night with the lightning show going on outside my window. But when I did finally get to dream land, I had visions of what I’m going to do with the pork chops I currently have sitting in a brown sugar brine (Michael: This is pure poetry, Lu).
- This is the type of content I like to see:
- Allen Robinson put in that work against the Vikings, catching seven passes for 77 yards. But my favorite part of this most recent installment of Mic’d Up was the sound that was picked up from others. Between Danny Trevathan’s pre-game hype, in-game coaching words of encouragement, and things of that nature, the Easter eggs within the video are worth it.
- I am annoyed that I’m not seeing any Bears running backs here:
Here are the RBs who have the most rushing yards out of shotgun so far this season: #Browns #KeepPounding #ChiefsKingdom #Seahawks #RedSea #BoltUp #Colts #WeAreTexans #FlyEaglesFly @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/rho2wbKJLO
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 2, 2019
- It’s encouraging that LeSean McCoy (Chiefs), Marlon Mack (Colts), and Miles Sanders (Eagles) are in systems led by coaches with ties to the Andy Reid tree, because it means something is working with the system getting the running game going. But it is discouraging that a Bears offense ran by a Reid disciple that should have every reason to have a running back on this list isn’t represented.
- Jordan Howard excelled running out of the shotgun formation while playing in a lesser offense, so it was easy for me to take a leap of faith and think he could do it in the Bears’ new scheme. Unfortunately, Howard took a step back last year in that aspect of the game and was shipped out in the offseason. But that the Bears’ younger backs (most notably, David Montgomery) don’t make the cut on the list above is troubling.
- Mitch Trubisky is going to London, but Chase Daniel will be doing the quarterbacking across the pond. Jason Lieser of the Sun-Times offers up an explanation as to why Trubisky is traveling, even if he isn’t playing:
Great question. Among other reasons, teams want their quarterbacks on the sideline (if possible) so they can listen in on the headset and help strategize. In Trubisky's case, it also helps him to get a firsthand look at what Daniel does. https://t.co/H8HZUjJWGO
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 3, 2019
- We often talk about reps here on a physical level, but let us not discount the value of mental reps. Sometimes, it’s as important to learn by watching others and taking notes as it is to learn by doing things yourself. After watching Trubisky have his struggles early in the season, then watching Daniel work efficiently in relief, I can’t help but wonder if Trubisky needs a clean slate and an opportunity to view the game from a different perspective. Maybe seeing things from Daniel’s perspective while charting plays and listening to how he communicates with Head Coach Matt Nagy will ultimately help Trubisky see how easy this offense can be to operate when doing the little things right.
- This feels like a damning sentiment:
Might be minor tweaks in Bears' defense with Chase Daniel as oppose to Trubisky at QB, Tahir Whitehead said, but that they're essentially "the same guy" in terms of how Chicago will run its offense. Andy Reid-style, RPOs, etc. #Raiders
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) October 2, 2019
- It is quite unnerving when the 33-year-old undrafted free agent and the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft are essentially “the same guy.” To be fair, they aren’t really all that similar. Trubisky has more athleticism and arm strength, which gives him the ability to improvise and extend plays. But what good is the extra-curricular stuff when the easy throws aren’t being made?
- Daniel earned an 83.8 grade via Pro Football Focus for his efforts on Sunday, which is good. It’s the best showing for a Bears quarterback to this point of the season. But as Bryan Perez of NBC Sports Chicago points out, there isn’t enough of a sample to properly judge Daniel. The Bears’ QB2 simply doesn’t have enough tape out there to properly judge. Hey, maybe Nagy and the coaching staff can continue to use the element of surprise until it runs out!
- Is there anything Khalil Mack can’t do?
The NFL shop in London is apparently predicting Khalil Mack will intercept a pass from Derek Carr while Derek Carr tries to tackle him pic.twitter.com/16KeCY4sxA
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 3, 2019
- Khalil Mack is a top-3 candidate to win the NFL’s MVP award this year in the eyes of NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling. And with good reason. “Every Mack disruption doesn’t force a turnover or toss a potential playmaker backwards for a game-changing loss,” Wesseling writes. “It just seems that way.”
- More from Roquan Smith, who expects to play on Sunday:
- Mack, Smith, and the rest of the Bears defense will be looking to add to their plus-6 turnover margin, which is tied with the Patriots for the best in the NFL:
One thing I’ve noticed watching tape on Josh Jacobs is that he doesn’t always hold that football tight to his body. Something to watch Sunday as you know the #Bears defense will try to punch it out.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) October 3, 2019
- Throwback Thursday takes us overseas:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 3, 2019
- Fast forward to present times and this looks legit:
- Alright, so maybe Wendell Carter Jr.’s ankle injury isn’t all that bad. That’s good news for Bulls fans:
Wendell Carter Jr. (Ankle) Practiced Today and Is Feeling Better Than Everhttps://t.co/N2pUbRVSD0
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) October 2, 2019