Halas and Ditka Honored, Mitch is Money in December, Coward's Arrow Points Up, Floyd's Future, and Other Bears Bullets

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Halas and Ditka Honored, Mitch is Money in December, Coward’s Arrow Points Up, Floyd’s Future, and Other Bears Bullets

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Raise your hand if you’re running on the fuel that is the hopes and dreams of potential playoff glory that could come if the Bears keep going 1-0 every Sunday.

Good to know it’s not just me.

  • The NFL continues to honor its legends with its All-Time Team, which has soooo many Bears. It should be as no surprise that these two greats made the cut:

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1205666101096353792

https://twitter.com/nflnetwork/status/1205664964096094209

  • Mitch Trubisky is rolling, and it just so happens this is his month to shine:

  • In addition to the noteworthy numbers tied to wagering, Trubisky’s teams are 7-3 straight up in December. His 68.9 percent completion rate and 6.95 yards per attempt in December also represent bests when it comes to month-by-month splits. Maybe the quarterback who has made it known in the past that he is a rhythm passer finds a groove in December because all of the reps build to him playing well down the stretch? I can’t rule it out, but I want to see how things unfold for the rest of this month.
  • Plays like this will go a long way toward building that Mr. December rep:

  • One of the keys to Trubisky’s recent ascent has been stability on the offensive line. The swap of Cody Whitehair to center and James Daniels to left guard appears to have paid off. Whitehair is in the middle of the action directing traffic with two young guards flanking him has seemingly opened up holes in the running game, while also allowing Trubisky to find a new-found comfort level. Sure, we still see snaps that are off from time-to-time. So while it isn’t perfect, it is a vast improvement from what was seen in the first half of the year.
  • Some interesting nuggets from Bears OL Coach Harry Hiestand on Rashaad Coward via Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic:

  • Coward has carved out a niche at right guard. He has been strong in the run game and competent in pass protection. There are still moments where he is noticeably still learning the position (I mean, this is just his second season on the offensive side of the ball), but Hiestand clearly sees something he likes in the up-and-coming guard. Continued good play from Coward could put him in a position to be a starter for the long haul, so I am looking forward to seeing how the final three games of the regular season play out.
  • On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Leonard Floyd has a lot to play for:

  • Floyd’s best games have come against the Packers. And when he opened the year with a gold-star performance, I thought the start of a breakout campaign was coming. It hasn’t. And even though Floyd continues to be a nice role player for these Bears, the team could have used some impact from a pass-rusher opposite of Khalil Mack (especially when Akiem Hicks was out on IR). So in addition to the Bears playing for their playoff lives, players like Floyd are playing for contracts.
  • In Brad Biggs’ piece in the Tribune, Outside Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino is ready to “pound the table” for Floyd to stick with the Bears. Chicago picked up Floyd’s fifth-year option, but that $13.2 million price tag could be a tad bit too rich for the Bears’ taste if that was the cost of business on a per-yer basis on a multi-year deal. Add it to the list of questions the front office needs to answer this offseason.
  • Just reading this makes me want to throw on another layer:

  • I want to fill the whole card:

  • Well, this certainly isn’t going to help the Bears’ playoff odds:

  • I am glad I (eventually) got around to reading this on ex-Bear Rashaan Salaam:

  • Joe Burrow, who was once a 200-to-1 long-shot to win the Heisman Trophy … won the dang Heisman trophy in what is one of the most remarkable sports stories of the year:

  • Burrow will probably be the first player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. But after that, the situation is fluid. And to think, it could get wilder if Ohio State defensive game-wrecker Chase Young returns to Ohio State:

  • An expensive beer …

  • … and a noble move:

  • The Bulls had quite the day on Saturday:

 



Author: Luis Medina

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