Don’t ask how we knocked out a new episode of Talkin’ Toros while I was sick, just know that we did (and that’s all that matters).
- There comes a time in your life where you have to break free of the things holding you back. For Bears receiver Anthony Miller, it happened in London:
After Anthony Miller dropped a third-down pass early in the third quarter against the Raiders in London, the Bears wide receiver showed his frustration by slamming his helmet. It turns out that wasn’t the only piece of equipment that was a casualty. https://t.co/mAMNHkVRl3
— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) October 17, 2019
- Frustrated by the limitations of playing with a shoulder harness, Miller discarded his *DURING* the Bears’ game against the Raiders in Week 5. It happened shortly after Miller dropped an easy pass early in the contest. Feeling as if the harness was restricting him, Miller took his future into his own hands and shed the thing. Miller says he won’t wear it again. And if his production takes a leap moving forward, we’ll look back at that moment as a likely turning point.
- Wait … maybe everyone who is wearing a harness should cut theirs off, too. Heck, perhaps everyone should do it as a sign of solidarity. Miller played his best game after tearing his apart, so maybe there is something symbolic to be done for the football gods. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
- Is it just me, or doesn’t that story feel like a good metaphorical base for the Bears moving forward? Figure out what is causing your issues, shred it, then start fresh with a clean slate. Chicago’s football team has a lot to do to get back into the win column as it makes its way back from the bye week, but a clean slate after a 3-2 start is a great jumping-off point.
- Across the formation from Miller is Allen Robinson, who has been darn good to start the 2019 season:
QBs like to have a go-to receiver they can always count on. Here are the WRs with the highest reception rate per route.#Saints #DallasCowboys #LARams #WeAreTexans #GoBucs #FlyEaglesFly #InBrotherhood #Skol #Bears100 #GoBills @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/ShhQLgtIFW
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 17, 2019
- Robinson is on pace for an all-time great season for a Bears receiver, so I’m hoping the Bears don’t waste it.
- Matt Nagy is trying not to be an idiot:
Matt Nagy on it he’ll limit Trubisky from running with his shoulder injury: “His legs are a huge weapon for us. So I’m an idiot if I take his legs away.”
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) October 16, 2019
- Mitch Trubisky’s run game excellence has been grounded to this point of the season. Between an offensive line that isn’t doing enough at the line of scrimmage, defenses doing their best to contain the quarterback in the pocket, and Trubisky’s own decision making, the running numbers are down to this point. And because the running game has been kept in check, Trubisky’s overall ceiling has been capped through the early part of the season. That doesn’t mean things can’t change. In fact, this Sunday’s game against the Saints could provide an opportunity for the Bears to tap back into that part of the scheme.
- Michael Fabiano’s fantasy forecast for David Montgomery has me wondering how the Bears are even going to score enough points to win. Montgomery is Fabiano’s “Sit of the Week” because the Saints defense has done a number on opposing running backs this season. New Orleans has limited backs to just 78 yards per game, which is quite impressive. But I can’t escape the feeling that 78 yards would be an improvement for the Bears offense.
- Didn’t see this coming:
Thing I wasn't expecting through six weeks:
Bears (entire team) runs of 10+ yards – 2
Jordan Howard runs of 10+ yards – 10
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) October 17, 2019
- I’m not sure what to make of Jordan Howard’s 2019 season just yet. If you take out his 15-carry, 87-yard, 2-touchdown performance against the Packers, we’re looking at a player with 51 rushes, 210 yards, and two touchdowns. It’s still better than what the Bears are doing, but more in line with his modest 2017 season than the breakout 2016 campaign he had as a rookie. We’ll continue to monitor his progress in Philadelphia, as his stats will determine how good the draft-pick compensation Chicago will receive in 2020.
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- This is art:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 17, 2019
- Always good to see the Bears share posts like this one: