I’ve put together an abbreviated set of Bullets today because I’m going to be on the road to Missouri for Friendsgiving. Yours truly is bringing chocolate chip cheesecake brownies and home-made margarita slush to the party. It should be a blast.
- Four consecutive losses tends to send folks off the deep end, but ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky suggesting the Bears should trade Khalil Mack is a bit much … right? In a visit with David Kaplan’s “Kap and Co.” show on ESPN AM-1000, Orlovsky said trading Mack made sense because he feels as if interior defenders are impacting the game more than edge guys (like Mack). I don’t think Orlovsky is completely wrong with that point. Pressure from the interior is getting better thanks to the likes of Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox. And since they have a more direct path to the quarterback, dominance in the middle tends to tip the scales. With that being said, it’s not a reason to trade Mack. If anything, it’s a reason to bulk up the interior of the line whenever the Bears get a chance to do so during the upcoming offseason. You can never have enough depth up front. You can listen to the interview here.
- On the flip side, the point Orlovsky doesn’t really get to is that the Bears’ offensive line *REALLY* needs to beef up the interior. Guards and centers have often been viewed as interchangeable pieces on the offensive line with offensive tackles getting the pub and the big contracts. But with guys such as Donald, Cox, and Akiem Hicks on the rise, protection on the interior is rising in value. Hence, the Bears using a second-round pick on James Daniels in 2018 and giving Cody Whitehair a big-money extension a year later. I suppose this is where we give kudos to the Colts for being ahead of the curve in drafting Quenton Nelson (remember when he was all the rage?) where they did in 2018.
- In more wild suggestions, NBC Sports Chicago’s Bryan Perez points out that famed NFL analyst Peter King believes Chase Daniel should start over Mitch Trubisky right now. Starting Daniel has its perks. Daniel knows the system, where guys should go, what protections should be called, and when the ball needs to be out to make plays happen. But because of his limited athleticism, arm strength, and mobility, Daniel is a liability as a starter. If things go off the rails, then I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing Daniel out after halftime to give Trubisky a hard reset. Otherwise, I’m going to pass on starting Daniel right now. They’re playing the Lions after all, so let’s allow Trubisky a chance to get right in what should be a favorable situation.
- The Lions are short-handed at running back, so don’t mind me if I have nightmares about this guy coming out of retirement:
— NFL Throwback (@nflthrowback) November 8, 2019
- It doesn’t matter who is in the backfield if you’re going to brain fart in coverage:
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) November 8, 2019
- One guy who will (likely) play on Sunday is Matthew Stafford, Detroit’s quarterback who had been limited in practice earlier in the week and is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s game in Chicago. Containing the gunslinger won’t be easy, but the Bears have done it before.
- Just not in odd-number years at Soldier Field:
Friday fun fact: Matthew Stafford in recent odd years at Soldier Field…
2017 2 TDs, 0 INTs
2015 3 TDs, 0 INTs
2013 3 TDs, 1 INT
Then in 2011 he threw 4 INTs.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) November 8, 2019
- A weekend salute:
- And in case you missed it, some roster news:
Oh thank freaking jeebus. https://t.co/LmsDGK68Ed
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) November 9, 2019