Burrow at His Best, Lawrence Has a Flaw Revealed, Encouraging Lazor Nuggets, and Other Bears Bullets

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Burrow at His Best, Lawrence Has a Flaw Revealed, Encouraging Lazor Nuggets, and Other Bears Bullets

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Yours truly had quite the closing day at the ticket window thanks to the way events unfolded during last night’s college football national championship game. But because I was in the air while the game played out, and I didn’t get to see which tickets were winners until after I settled in at home, and I wasn’t able to cash out my winnings. I guess I’ll have to go back to Las Vegas to claim my prizes. Ain’t that a shame?

  • The most obvious takeaway from Monday’s game is that Joe Burrow can freaking spin it. Burrow completed 31 of 49 passes for 463 yards, and five touchdowns. If you were to punch those numbers into an NFL passer rating calculator, it would come out to a 128.2 rating. That’s not just good, that’s high-end elite stuff.
  • Here is how Burrow’s year wrapped up:

  • Burrow got it done against the best of the best:

  • Check out these throws:


  • Heck, even the plays that don’t count look awesome:


  • Burrow throws darts in traffic, shows great touch and loft on deep passes, tosses dimes left, right, and center, and has the mobility to extend plays. He is the sure-fire top quarterback prospect in this draft class. And unless he orchestrates something like Eli Manning did to avoid going to the Chargers in 2004, the Cincinnati Bengals are going to get a good one.
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  • The road Burrow took to get here is pretty remarkable:

  • And LSU ism’t going away, folks. This title-winning team was loaded. For example, true sophomore Ja’Marr Chase could be the first receiver off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft when he is eligible to go pro:


  • And on the other side of the ball, freshman Derek Stingley Jr. isn’t draft-eligible until 2022:

  • Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will enter the 2020 college football season as a Heisman Trophy favorite and a projected top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, last night wasn’t a shining moment in his college career. Lawrence completed just 18 of 37 passes for 234 yards, and was held without a passing touchdown. Punch those numbers into the passer rating calculator, and it comes out to a less-than-desirable 68.9 passer rating. Ick.
  • And there was this:

  • So 13 of 19 incompletions were overthrows. That’s a troubling stat. But at least Lawrence knows he has something to work on in order to take his game to another level next year (and beyond).
  • Here’s hoping college football bands never go away:

  • I’m not sure if this is more about exposing a cold take or highlighting how word salad can often replace analysis, even though the two aren’t the same thing:

  • Ridiculously early odds for next year’s championship:

  • This is an interesting nugget:

  • Once that becomes officially official, we’ll dive into what the hire means. But let’s let the ink dry on it before we go too deep. After all, we are 21 years and one day removed from the Dave McGinnis incident, in which McGinnis was announced as the Bears’ head coach before actually agreeing to terms. Instead of McGinnis being hired, he returned to Arizona, leading to Dick Jauron’s eventual hiring. It was a mess.
  • Let’s throw it back to 1999:

  • A random nugget about how awesome Wade Phillips’ defenses have been over the years for no particular reason other than I love Wade Phillips more than I probably should:

Author: Luis Medina

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