Safety Shift, The Mack Attack is Back, Radio Drama, Blame Game, and Other Bears Bullets

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Safety Shift, The Mack Attack is Back, Radio Drama, Blame Game, and Other Bears Bullets

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News that Twitter is reportedly planning to remove inactive accounts next month led me to feel a bit bummed out, as part of me hoped the Twitterverse would preserve my mother’s random thoughts and feelings forever.

My buddy Nick sent me this, and it really struck a chord:

I definitely felt weird feeling sad about it, but I’m going to try and preserve the tweets in one way or another. But it looks like I don’t have too much time. Wish me luck!

  • JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago answers the question that many have struggled to answer — where have all of Eddie Jackson’s interceptions gone? Jackson was a ball-hawk last year, picking on opposing quarterbacks who were forced into passing situations, but could not keep the ball away from the talented safety who was en route to an All-Pro season. This year hasn’t presented as many obvious passing opportunities. Additionally, we’re seeing more Jackson inside the box. Stankevitz points out that Jackson’s in-the-box/free safety splits have changed, with the Alabama product spending a career-high 29% of his snaps in-the-box. That’s up considerably from the 17% last season. Jackson’s time at free safety is down to 51% after being at 72% in 2019. To be clear, it’s not as if Jackson has been bad, but maybe there should be more of a split.
  • It’s also worth pointing out (as Stankevitz does in his write-up) that Jackson has played more snaps as a slot corner (149) than he did in his first two years in the league. That doesn’t seem ideal, especially when Buster Skrine was given a considerable free agent contract. And let’s not forget they used a draft pick on Duke Shelley, who should grow into that role if things go well in his development.
  • What’s wild about this is that seeing the alignments in person during the last two games at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Soldier Field were really eye opening to me. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has played well in his role as the single-high safety. And having interchangeable safeties has more pros than cons. But still … I’d like to have more interceptions. Perhaps the offense can help by jumping out to some leads.
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  • I’m still not over this:

  • These are good stats:

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  • Naturally, Khalil Mack landed on PFF’s Week 12 Team of the Week. Mack picked up 8 total pressures and three defensive stops en route to a 90.5 pass-rush grade. Welcome back, guy! Now, do it again on Thanksgiving.
  • Allen Robinson’s grade stands out here as the best, but Mitch Trubisky not being in the 60s is a refreshing change from what we’re used to seeing:

  • Raise your hand if you would like to see more Cordarrelle Patterson in the lineup:

  • As a long-time listener of Waddle and Silvy, baiting people isn’t what that radio program does. Did Tom Waddle’s delivery fall flat on something that should have been taken as a joke? I’d say so. Was that the time to make that joke? Probably not. Did Akiem Hicks overreact? I would say so. But I also can understand his perspective, because I can’t imagine wanting to laugh about an injury that has kept me away from my teammates and the game I love. In the end, I hope both sides break bread soon and let this go under the bridge.
  • Beyond radio beef, there is a fair amount of finger-pointing going on from the outside. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune heard from a defensive coach of a rival NFC team, who views Mitch Trubisky as the root of the Bears’ offensive problems. “Anyone watching on a weekly basis can see (Trubisky’s) nowhere near where he needs to be,” the anonymous coach explained. “More and more people are blaming Nagy. He hasn’t done a great job managing the offense this year, and I think he’d probably admit that, but he’s playing with a bottom-tier quarterback.” YIKES!
  • Meanwhile, Rex Ryan put the blame of the offensive shortcomings squarely on Matt Nagy’s shoulders:

  • This is like a bad news bears version of the chicken or the egg debate.
  • Palaate cleanser: We know #54 is on this list somewhere:

  • This is an adventure:

Author: Luis Medina

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