The Bears have a low-bar to clear to be better than what the Bulls showed when I saw them in person on Friday. Let’s do that football, shall we?
- The time for Roquan Smith’s takeover has come. And as Tom Thayer explains in the video below, Smith’s role is only expanding without Danny Trevathan next to him in the lineup:
- With Trevathan out of the lineup, Smith is going to have expanded opportunities to make plays. The Bears will need to see Smith use his speed in coverage, his football IQ to take smart angles to ball-carries, and his sure-handed tackling ability to limit opposing big plays. When he was healthy, Trevathan was the guy who set the tone in the middle. But without Trevathan, Smith needs to be the man in the middle who is the play-making enforcer at the second level. These are the moments Smith was drafted for back in 2018. First challenge on the board is a look at Saquon Barkley, the stellar Giants running back who is coming off the bye and ready to get back to his old ways.
- The Bears haven’t beat the Giants since October 10, 2013. That’s 2,236 days, if you’re keeping score at home. Jay Cutler posted a 106.5 passer rating, Prince Amukamara was a member of the Giants, Ryan Pace was in his first season as the Saints’ Director of Player Personnel, and Matt Nagy was in his first year as the Chiefs’ Quarterbacks Coach. Time flies. You can check out a victorious Bears box score here.
- Bears GM Ryan Pace isn’t wrong here …
Since the start of the 2018 season, 86 players have more sacks than Leonard Floyd (7). #Bears GM Ryan Pace, speaking to the team's flagship radio station, said:
"He’s doing a lot of good things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. … The production will naturally come.”
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) November 24, 2019
- … but it would be nice to see Leonard Floyd stuff the stat sheet some more, especially if the quarterback sacks, hits, hurries, and pressures help lead the Bears to victory. Then again, it is tough to hassle the quarterback when your 81 coverage snaps are the fourth most among edge defenders.
- Here is an assessment on Justin Herbert, the Oregon QB who figures to have a first-round grade in the 2020 NFL Draft (even though he didn’t really look the part last night against Arizona State):
Herbert is a tough evaluation. Very rarely see him sit in pocket and scan the field. Bunch of 1st read throws and quick hitters. Some wow throws and awful misses.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 24, 2019
- Thank goodness the Bears don’t have a third-round pick, am I right?
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 24, 2019
- BRING THIS BACK:
BOISE STATE STATUE OF LIBERTY PLAY pic.twitter.com/SIwRLRUEj6
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 24, 2019
- A re-sodded Soldier Field for the stretch run? It’s Christmas in November:
Beautiful, crisp morning on the lakefront is expected to turn cloudy later. Also, it appears Soldier Field has been re-sodded for Bears-Giants.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 24, 2019
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- The bad news is that the Bulls needed Zach LaVine to be a miracle worker to beat the Hornets. But I suppose the good news is that the Bulls appear to have something to rally around after their coach kinda sorta bus-tossed their best player:
HOLY BLEEPING BULLS: Zach LaVine’s Career-Night Carried Bulls to Last Second Victory (VIDEOS)https://t.co/f8tFNQalqO
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) November 24, 2019