Turning the Page, DL Tryouts, Underground Buzz for Bars, and Other Bears Bullets

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Turning the Page, DL Tryouts, Underground Buzz for Bars, and Other Bears Bullets

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The World Series opened up last night, the Bulls are back in our lives later this evening, and the Cubs have a new (old) manager. I don’t know what Thursday has up its sleeve, but it better be good.

  • Defensive lineman Nick Williams has the right idea as the Bears turn the page and aim their focus at a Week 8 matchup against the Chargers:


  • The time has come for a clean slate, so let’s provide ourselves with one. There is nothing that can be done to change what happened in the Saints game, but that doesn’t mean things can’t change moving forward. Matt Nagy talks about horse-blinders and earmuffs, but the message right now should simply be to turn the page. What made the Bears’ 2018 so successful is that they bounced back from tough moments when they didn’t fall into old traps or get caught up in things that happened in the past. So maybe it’s ironic that I think they should channel that energy in order to help move past what plagues them now.
  • But seriously … here is the plan:

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  • OK, maybe a little look back isn’t the worst thing in the world. After all, you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you have been. And since I am a believer in learning from your past to have a better present and future, then I shouldn’t mind a brief look back. Perhaps taking it back to the old school will help matters. Kevin Clark (The Ringer) rounds up a collection of innovative coaches whose journeys began coaching high school football and ultimately made it to the NFL. Matt Nagy, Doug Peterson, and Jon Kitna are among those whose résumés include success at the high school level that came before professional coaching careers. This read made me miss my days of covering Friday Night Lights, if only for a moment.
  • This picture is a mood:
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  • It was nice to read something about Nagy where he isn’t having to defend himself from being called an idiot for his play-calling. But we all knew the honeymoon period was going to end at some point. WGN’s Larry Hawley provides a reminder that the time has come:

  • Here is a disturbing trend from fantasy writer Graham Barfield, who notes the Bears have passed on nearly 69 percent of their plays that have been run in a one-score game. I’m not sure what’s worse: That this is happening while the Bears are playing a quarterback is struggling mightily or that they’re doing something so predictable in the first place.
  • Grrrrrreeeeeeeeat: More talk about that players-only meeting that was supposed to be coming soon:


  • It’s almost as if preseason reps would have helped this line figure out its blocking assignments:

  • Then again, 4/5 of the line played together last year. So by Week 7, this isn’t something that shouldn’t be happening. Nor should I be thinking about how a lack of preseason reps could have aided in preventing this from happening.
  • On the other side of the line, the Bears officially signed Brent Urban in an attempt to bolster a run defense that has suddenly turned into a weakness.
  • They also had a handful of guys in for tryouts:

  • Alex Bars has some underground buzz going for him:

  • I’d love this active NFL trade market more if the Bears were involved:

  • An old friend is working his way to finding a new football home:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.