I had to cut dinner with a friend short last night because I felt a cold coming on and knew I needed to get home to take my medicine. But I’m going to pound through the day as best as I can, because we have a football game to look forward to and I reckon it will be far more intriguing than re-litigating what happened in Week 5. Onward!
- This is some fair perspective that is worth sharing from the top:
“As a Bears fan, how hard was it to watch Watson and Mahomes play today?”
As a practical person, I didn’t think about it that way for a second. Because who was available 2.5 years ago when my team picked Trubisky has no bearing on anything anymore.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) October 14, 2019
- Mahomes-Watson I was entertaining, but it’s not like we saw either player at their best – Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson combined for four turnovers (including a pair of red-zone picks thrown by Watson). But while it was tough not to think about what could have been for the Bears, dwelling on it for too long is unhealthy.
- Though, I suppose I’d take issue with what happened in the 2017 draft having “no bearing on anything anymore” because I’m not sure that’s totally true. The quarterback evaluation process is the most important thing for a GM to conquer. So much so, that failure to do so properly is often grounds for dismissal in the NFL. And while it’s way too early to put Bears GM Ryan Pace on the hot seat, it is fair to question the QB evaluation methods of him and his front office. Having Mahomes or Watson would have changed all sorts of different landscapes in the league, but as we discussed in yesterday’s Bullets, you can’t re-do just one part of a draft without changing everything else (draft, free agency, trades, hirings, firings, etc.). It’s a fool’s errand and not really worth anyone’s time beyond the initial chatter.
- Changes are coming to the Bears this week. Taylor Gabriel is eyeing a return, Mitch Trubisky could be back under center, and a new right guard replacing Kyle Long (who is headed to injured reserve) could be part of a post-bye-week shuffle.
- Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune writes about the internal conflict residing within Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. Because on one hand, Nagy’s Bears are 3-2 and having a winning record going into the bye can be parlayed into optimism moving forward. And after losing to the Raiders in London, everyone associated with the Bears will take all of the positive vibes they can take. But on the other hand, there are enough messes to clean up that would make anyone want to proceed cautiously. This is where an even-keeled head coach is more valuable than ever. Balancing knowing that you were good and have the potential to be better, concerns regarding why you might not be as good as you thought you were, and the fact that you have more wins than losses right now isn’t easy. This is where your coach earns his big bucks.
- For what it’s worth, Week 6’s Sunday action featured a bunch of teams that have their own levels of disappointment. The Steelers, Jets, Texans, and 49ers were all underdogs who won on Sunday, beating the Chargers, Cowboys, Chiefs, and Rams, respectively. Or in other words four teams that combined for 0 playoff wins last year knocked off four teams that entered the season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. You can’t predict football, my friends.
- One favorite who had a standout win was the Vikings, who thrashed the Eagles behind Kirk Cousins (22/29, 333 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 138.4 passer rating, 93.9 QBR). For what it’s worth, the Bears get to face that Eagles secondary in 20 days. Here’s to Philly not landing Jalen Ramsey between now and the trade deadline.
- Big Halloween candy bags are among the Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
- The Rams’ only touchdown on Sunday looked like fun:
This Rams TD:
– fake jet sweep
– fake handoff
– end-around with lead blocker pic.twitter.com/mNH43ZsXVD
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 13, 2019
- Not a list you want to be on if you are Sean McVay:
The Rams went a combined 0-for-13 on 3rd and 4th down today. Since 2001, only the 2010 Bears have gone more third and fourth down plays in a game without a conversion.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 14, 2019
- This is not what the second-year leap is supposed to look like:
This season Baker Mayfield has:
– less Pass TD than Mason Rudolph
– less Pass Yards than Andy Dalton
– lower Comp Pct than Luke Falk
– lower QB Rating than Eli Manning
– most INT in the NFL pic.twitter.com/mzjfJP02oO
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 14, 2019
- The Cody Parkey Redemption Tour didn’t get off the ground on Sunday, as the Titans were shut out and did not even get into range for him to try a kick.
- Thanks for nothing, Eagles:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 13, 2019
- Because you can’t really go low on a guy as a tackler these days, the hurdle should be obsolete at this point. If not, then this will likely seal its fate:
Time to hang up the hurdle pic.twitter.com/jBVEc2Aaww
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) October 13, 2019
- This is what being a good teammate looks like: