I am looking forward to celebrating my maternal-grandmother’s 92nd birthday on Sunday by making her a cheesecake. We’ll have other food, for sure. Though, I bet if it was up to her, she would want sweets and nothing else.
- Yes, I realize there is a segment of Bears fans that probably doesn’t want to hear about Patrick Mahomes ever again. With that being said, the folks at NFL Films captured a moment I couldn’t help but share. Trailing by 10 points late in the fourth quarter, facing a 3rd-and-15, Mahomes went to OC Eric Bieniemy and asked if he could run “wasp” — a call that would change the narrative of Super Bowl LIV. It’s a 9 minute, 50 second clip … but it’s worth watching from start to finish. Check it out:
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) February 6, 2020
- I am blown away by Mahomes did in the clip above. Having what it takes to get that throw off and dropping it in a bucket to Tyreek Hill before getting drilled is impressive enough. But to also have the moxie to ask the coach for that play call in that specific moment takes some real stones. When Mahomes asks if he has time to call wasp, it has nothing to do about play clock time. Instead, Mahomes is asking if his offensive line is giving him enough time to run a play that has route concepts that need time to develop. In that moment, Mahomes combined football IQ, athletic ability, and leadership skills to turn the Super Bowl on its ear. I’m almost at a loss for words. Impressive stuff.
- Maybe I am asking for a lot, so pardon me, but this is what I want the Bears quarterback to be. No, not Patrick Mahomes, because duh. I want him to be someone who knows what the right call to make, at the right time, in the biggest moments. Winning quarterbacks have the ability to process what is in front of them, relay it to those around them, and make plays when they are available. More than anything, that is what we saw in the clip above. Meanwhile, the Bears’ starting quarterback is being asked to be a master in understanding coverages as he enters his fourth year as a starter.
- It takes a combination of smarts and skills to play the most important position in football, so I hope Mitch Trubisky is up to the task. If not, competition is coming for him in one way or another.
- Whoever is quarterbacking the Bears in 2020 should have some playmakers by their side. ESPN’s Eric Karabell cooks up a list of who he projects to be among the NFL’s 100 best fantasy players next season, and it includes three Bears. Two of those Bears are in the top-50, with wide receiver Allen Robinson II and running back David Montgomery. Robinson (22nd on Karabell’s list) racked up a season with 90+ catches an 1,000+ receiving yards, making him a bankable receiver in traditional and PPR leagues. Montgomery (41st) ran at a 1,000-yard pace once he became the team’s featured running back. Seeing running back Tarik Cohen come in at 91st was a bit of a surprise, especially after suffering through a year that was less productive than his rookie campaign in Dowell Loggains’ offense. But per haps an offseason of offensive tweaks, a better game plan, and improved execution provides a buy-low opportunity for Cohen in 2020. Optimism, baby!
- I don’t think ax-throwing is Jay Cutler’s strong suit:
Find yourself someone that looks at you…the same way that Jay Cutler looks at mini donkeys.
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) February 7, 2020
- There is a joke to be made about donkeys gravitating to Cutler, but I’m not going to make it.
- The Bears didn’t always play good, but they always looked good:
- Always love seeing the Bears give back to the community:
- Jewelry (think Valentine’s Day) is among the Deals of the Day at Amazon today, in case you are scrambling. #ad
- I’ll play Madden again if the game’s developers bring back QBVision:
Madden 06 (2005)
Even tho most people didn’t enjoy the QBVision, it was one of our favorite parts about the game. pic.twitter.com/WfSlZcwp6v
— AuxGod (@TheOXGod) February 4, 2020
- Don’t feel bad, XFLers. The Bears don’t have cheerleaders, either. Once again, they’re ahead of the curve:
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) February 6, 2020
- We’ll have more on the XFL re-boot later, but I don’t hate this idea:
I realize this is a complicated idea (especially with the NFLPA) but the XFL would be much more interesting if it involved current NFL players that need development/game reps. Wouldn’t #Bears fans be more interested if Dax Raymond, Ryan Nall or even Riley Ridley were playing?
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) February 7, 2020
- The best thing the XFL could do is strike up a partnership with the NFL. I’m not sure how, but a developmental league that is trying to do innovative things from game presentation on television to in-game strategy would be a nice thing to have moving forward. Then again, the injury risk might be too much for some front offices to look past.
- One of the best safeties to ever do it called it a career: