Club Dub Re-Opens After Some Big Changes and Other Bears Bullets

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Club Dub Re-Opens After Some Big Changes and Other Bears Bullets

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  • CLUB DUB IS BACK, BABY!

  • Club Dub doesn’t re-open without Matt Nagy and the Bears’ decision-makers signing off on some changes that provided different looks and opportunities.
  • The most notable change came when news crossed the wire that Adam Shaheen was a healthy scratch. Moving away from a player they invested a second-round pick to take in 2017 shouldn’t be viewed lightly. Maybe Shaheen will get back on the active game-day roster next week, but it was eye-opening to see the Bears make this call. To me, it is telling the Bears were willing to roll the dice on a player who could provide production rather than hope the player with more potential could figure it out.
  • Ben Braunecker probably needs to be given Shaheen’s snap share moving forward. Admittedly, I’m not sure I would be saying that had he not come down with a touchdown on his one target … but Braunecker clearly made the most of his extended look. Braunecker had played just five offensive snaps in his previous six games, but saw 12 snaps (or just 21.1 percent of offensive plays) on Sunday. Shaheen played on 32 percent of offensive snaps in six of the eight games he suited up for this season, which should provide an idea of how to properly get him more time in the offense.
  • We often talk about “next man up” mentality when an injury is in play, but sometimes poor play can open the doors of opportunity (as they did for Braunecker). As long as Braunecker continues to make splash plays, he will continue to get an increased look on offense.
  • The other big change was swapping James Daniels and Cody Whitehair back to the positions they excelled at in 2018. Whitehair was a Pro Bowl center coming off a stellar season, but moved to left guard because it was the position he was drafted to play coming out of Kansas State in 2016. Daniels was a standout left guard last season as a rookie, but moved to center because that was the position he played best while at Iowa. So while I’m not sure that this move provided an immediate impact that led to a Bears win, I suppose it’s worth noting that the team is willing to make changes to try to fix things. I’m not sure where this energy was a few weeks ago, but better late than never I guess.
  • There is no denying Whitehair had some snap issues on Sunday, but he had problems in Week 1 last season. Work out the kinks, get the glitches out, then perform at a high level. It’s easier said than done, but we saw Whitehair do it last year. Why couldn’t he do it again?
  • Mitch Trubisky continues to own the Lions. In four career games against Detroit, Trubisky has completed 68.2 percent of his passes, thrown for 1,021 yards, 8 touchdowns (against just 3 interceptions), and posted a 102.9 passer rating. If you were to extrapolate those numbers over a full 16-game season, they’d look quite nice: 4,084 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions. Where do I sign up for this Mitch Trubisky?
  • A fun fact that is actually kinda fun:

  • Look, his 3.3 TD% is one of the lowest in the league and a ridiculous drop-off from last season. But being careless with the ball is an easy way to make things ugly. Trubisky hasn’t played carelessly, which is why the Bears have suffered just one lopsided loss this season despite having an ineffective and erratic offense.
  • To be clear, Trubisky needs to be a better all around player. But at least we aren’t finding ourselves worried about a guy who is going to turn it over at a moment’s notice.
  • OK, I had to laugh at this one:

  • Nah, keep them off:

  • And yes, I realize the Bears beat a Lions team that was without Matthew Stafford. Would the Bears have beaten the Lions if Stafford would have started? I don’t know. And you don’t know either. I do know that Detroit would not have designed runs and roll-outs had Stafford been under center, and some of the Lions’ most successful plays on Sunday came with Jeff Driskel on the move. In any case, the Bears still had to go out and do their thing … and they did it well enough to pull out a much-needed win.
  • With all due respect to Mr. Stafford, he wouldn’t be able to do this:

  • Not cool, man:

  • Your team’s defense is doing something right if they’re getting this comp:

  • Take that, Gruden:



Author: Luis Medina

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