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New Year, New League, Same Old Marc Trestman (And Other Bears Bullets)

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Oscars talk is often far too pretentious for me to get wrapped up in when that time of the year rolls around. Hence, I do not participate in Oscars Night Twitter™.

Let people like what they want to like. And if they want to express how much they like it, let them do so. If you don’t like it as much as others, you can do that, too. The freedom of honest expression can be a beautiful thing. Just don’t be a jerk about it.

  • The Bears’ IG account had its own award giveaways on Sunday:

  • The Bears had Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Eddie Jackson selected to Pro Bowl teams. Eddie Goldman and Tarik Cohen were selected as alternates. Patterson won some All-Pro honors along the way. So it’s not as if the 8-8 Bears were under-represented during the NFL’s award season. But I’m still a bit miffed about Allen Robinson not getting his due. Then again, the wide receiver position is loaded with top-end talent to the point where someone was going to get snubbed at some point.
  • The XFL is off to a good start from a ratings perspective:

  • Sure, the AAF had a good Week 1, too. But this feels a bit different. The games feel quicker, the innovations raise eyebrows in a good way, and there’s even a schadenfreude angle so long as Marc Trestman is around.
  • This halftime speech inspired me to take a nap:

  • He’s soooooo back:

  • Can’t say I missed this look:
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
  • Guessing how many holdovers there will be in Week 2 and beyond feel s like a fool’s errand so early in the game. But the general reaction to the XFL has been more positive than negative. I feel as if people are digging the vibe of the new experimental rules and clean broadcasts by networks who do football well.
  • No one is here to watch SFL punts, but maybe this is what helps get Marquette King back in the league:

  • King was a two-time Special Teams Player of the Week (2015 Week 16, 2016 Week 7), led the NFL in yards per punt in 2013, and was a second-team All-Pro in 2016. He fell out of favor with Jon Gruden upon the coach’s return to Oakland, punted four games with the Broncos in 2018, and sat out the 2019 season. Good special teams play can be hard to find (don’t we know it), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if third phase standouts get calls from NFL teams when camps open up this summer.
  • Still no word if the Bears have reached out to Greg Olsen, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport hears a decision should come down this week:

  • Uh, what?

  • Yes I’ve seen those Mack rumors. No, I’m not buying them at all. Not from the source that was pushing a ridiculously unthinkable Bears-Bengals trade for the top overall pick. My response:

  • Give the people what they want:

Author: Luis Medina

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