A Bears-less Postseason Begins Today and Other Bears Bullets

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A Bears-less Postseason Begins Today and Other Bears Bullets

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I find myself inspired by friends who can lay out their plans, goals, desires, wants, needs, and more in planners. Because while I have things I want to achieve in 2020, I’m not disciplined enough to map it out on a calendar or elsewhere. And sure, I’m starting off small by putting a to-do list for 2020 in the notes app on my iPhone … but I want to do more. Let’s see if my brain will allow me to do so as the year rolls on.

  • The NFL playoffs begin today, and the Chicago Bears will be watching from home like the rest of us. Unless, of course, you are reading this and have tickets to an upcoming game. In that case, thanks for the invite. 🙁
  • An interesting nugget from ESPN’s Field Yates:

  • It’s anecdotal until proven otherwise, but I felt as if the Bears ran the ball better when using a fullback ahead of David Montgomery last year. But then they went away from using the “I” formation because … reasons? When Matt Nagy goes back to the drawing board to fix his offense this offseason, he would be wise to look at some core West Coast concepts and see how fullbacks were utilized in the 90’s. Between short-yardage runs, opportunities to catch passes in the flat, and possibly even run a wheel route or two, Nagy could build a nice collection of plays to deploy from an “I” formation that features a fullback.
  • Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus offers up a list of players who bring a grain of optimism for non-playoff teams in 2020. For the Bears, it’s linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. That’s a curious selection, especially considering that Kwiatkoski sin’t guaranteed to be on the team next year. The free-agent-to-be should be well-compensated after proving how valuable he can be in a pinch out of the inside linebacker role. Chicago’s front office has a touch decision to make regarding what they do at the inside linebacker spot next to Roquan Smith, but at least they have internal options to work with before sorting through the free agent market and the draft becomes a necessity.
  • I’d love to see Bears Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano and Secondary Coach DeShea Townsend get their hands on Kevin Toliver II and take a high-school All-American and 5-star recruit and mold him into a player who can reach his full potential:

  • Oh, man … I didn’t really want to think about this:

  • That tweet is painful to read and re-read. But if I had to see it, then you did, too.
  • Brian Urlacher has some thoughts regarding the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 list of finalists. Mostly regarding who was snubbed from the list:

  • Lance Briggs and Olin Kreutz did not make the cut for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, and Urlacher — a member of the Class of ’18 — isn’t pleased. Hopefully, his words will be taken into consideration down the line. Briggs was one of the best outside linebackers in football when he was at the peak of his powers, playing his way to seven Pro Bowl appearances in the Derrick Brooks role in Love Smith’s Tampa-2 defense. Kreutz was a gold-standard center with the Bears, making six Pro Bowl appearances. He was an anchor in the middle of the offensive line, a team leader, and an intimidating force in the trenches. Interior offensive linemen are criminally under-represented in the Hall of Fame, so Kreutz has a tough road to travel. But perhaps Kevin Mawae’s inclusion will pave a way to Kreutz getting his recognition in due time.
  • Eddie Jackson securing the bag on Friday is going to pave the way for others to get theirs:

  • Even when money was on his mind, chasing a ring was Jackson’s priority:

  • FINALLY:

https://twitter.com/Ky1eLong/status/1213133914145001472?s=20

  • Some injury related postseason nuggets to keep an eye on:

  • Fade or follow? Either way, there are money-making opportunities as the playoffs open today:

https://twitter.com/OddsShark/status/1213490270639144960?s=20

  • The young Bulls are not short on confidence:



Author: Luis Medina

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