The cost of saving some money on my return flight from Los Angeles is me running on whatever is left in the tank after spending time in three different cities since Monday morning.
Sure, Vegas was good to me … but I could use a nap. Or two.
- Mitch Trubisky is taking it on the chin publicly:
— Adnan Virk (@adnansvirk) November 18, 2019
This is inexcusable for an NFL QB….. pic.twitter.com/tQSamWyR6X
— Bruce Blitz (@BruceBlitz) November 18, 2019
- I see what The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg is pointing out here, but the way he planted his right leg in such an awkward fashion probably didn’t help matters.
- Here is a closer look at the play on which Trubisky suffered his hip injury:
Rewatching the game at Matt Nagy’s behest. You can see Brockers’ knee hit Mitch as he gets sacked. pic.twitter.com/0wqTxdQcmz
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) November 18, 2019
- When it rains, it pours:
— JJ Porretto (@uiucjpo) November 18, 2019
- As if we needed visual proof that the offense has been considerably scaled back in 2019.
- So much for Trubisky graduating to 202 level. It makes me wonder why Nagy would have even offered that up in the first place. Honesty with the situation might have been better served here. Unless Trubisky really did step his game up in the summer, then was simply broken by getting shut down by the Packers in Week 1. And if that’s the case, well, yikes.
- Seriously, the Bears went from “BE YOU” to “OK, ACTUALLY, JUST BE PASSABLE WITH A DRAMATICALLY SCALED-BACK OFFENSIVE SCHEME.” I’m not sure how that would fit on the play card, but it looks like there was plenty of space to fit it all in.
- Here’s hoping you jumped on Trubisky being at +200 to start on Sunday against the Giants:
Who will be the Bears starting QB for Week 12?
Chase Daniel -130
Mitch Trubisky +200
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) November 19, 2019
- If healthy, Trubisky is starting because his injury (and not his poor play) led to him being pulled from the game on Sunday. Well, at least that’s how the coach sees it. It’s as simple as that.
- But if it looks like a dog and barks like a dog…
I never doubted that Mitch Trubisky was hurt. He’s tough. He’s played through injuries before and now. But that’s the point, too. He wanted to keep playing. Matt Nagy said he fought to play on. But he was sidelined. To him, it must have felt like a benching.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 18, 2019
- SWAGGY P FOR BEARS GM:
Bears tripping after that loss. In the playoffs last year I would’ve thought they would invest in a kicker they lost at least 3 games this yr off of they kicker situation … We Need Cam
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) November 18, 2019
- I understand this line of thinking …
Still struggling to fully understand why the Bears and Matt Nagy decided Mitch Trubisky couldn’t handle a half dozen or so more plays at the end of Sunday’s loss. Chase Daniel had the controls for a 7-play, 6-yard drive. What was the juice-squeeze there?
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) November 19, 2019
- … But also, you have to call it at some point. If a player is performing poorly and is hurt, you can’t let him keep going out there to get drilled. Heck, it was irresponsible not to pull the plug earlier. Better late than never, I suppose.
- Here’s to always showing that hunger, not just when a first down is at stake.
- A not-so-fun fact:
Last season, the Bears defense had 11 interceptions in the 4th quarter. No other team had more than 8. In fact, the 2018 Bears defense had more 4th quarter INTs than eight teams had the entire season.
In 2019, the Bears defense has 1 interception in the fourth quarter.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) November 18, 2019
- Visually speaking, the CFL game is a wacky kind of fun to watch:
CFL western final comes down to one final play and the Roughriders QB hit the upright pic.twitter.com/0ZPIKxkLRt
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 18, 2019
- Some good news regarding Tua Tagovailoa’s surgery:
Important note on Tua from Dr. Cain: his hip injury is completely different from Bo Jackson’s. Bo didn’t know his injury was severe & kept playing on it, causing irreparable damage. Docs acted quickly for Tua & after successful surgery today, I’m told experts expect full recovery
— Laura Rutledge (@LauraRutledge) November 18, 2019
- I still feel as if teams will approach Tagovailoa with caution. Between surgical repair for the hip injury and two recent ankle injuries, conservative general managers could shy away from drafting the talented (yet, star-crossed) signal caller. But fortune favors the bold, so a forward-thinking GM who is willing to roll the dice on a quarterback with a high floor, a considerable ceiling, and a winning pedigree could cash out in a big way if things work out for Tagovailoa moving forward.
- Also, this is giving me good practice when it comes to typing Tagovailoa. It isn’t an easy name to spell, but I’ve got it down. Surely, Michael will tell me otherwise when he edits this. (Michael: I’ve just been going on faith that you’ve been spelling it correctly).
- TAKE ME BACK:
I tried to tell everyone last year. Enjoy the good times while you can. When you have a great team, you gotta wrap your arms around it.
Nothing ever lasts in this city. https://t.co/4mzhXD3MRH
— Greg Braggs Jr. (@GBraggsJr23) November 19, 2019
- But if you want to look forward, then you’re probably curious about the Bears’ potential travel schedule for next season. As things stand right now, Chicago will travel to Tennessee, Jacksonville, Carolina, Atlanta, Los Angeles to face the Rams (again). Of course, the Bears will also have their divisional road games at Green Bay, Minnesota, and Detroit.Because I have family in Atlanta and friends who might want to see me in Nashville, my gut says I’ll be spending some time out south in 2020.