My mind is in a million places at once, so I’m definitely going to need to take some time away to do some afternoon meditation. Once that’s done, I’ll be in a better place to figure out how to knock out the rest of my afternoon and evening. But first, a quick push of Bullets after a busy morning in the land of the Bears.
- ICYMI: GM Ryan Pace did the thing where he was non-committal in his commitment to Mitch Trubisky as the team’s starting quarterback. Folks have to stop taking Pace’s winter-time comments about the quarterback position at face value. It blows my mind that people continue to treat Pace’s comments as though they mean anything substantial. Think back to Pace’s comments regarding Mike Glennon before drafting Mitch Trubisky. Re-visit the things Pace said before firing John Fox. Pace saying a bunch of words that ultimately say nothing and share no pertinent information is the new norm around here. I don’t love it, but it makes it easy to break things down. Because, let’s face it, it’s as simple as actions >>>> words.
- And then there’s inaction. As in Pace continuing being non-committal regarding Trubisky’s fifth-year option. Pace says the team will make a decision regarding the option in May. Fitting enough, free agency and the NFL Draft will be wrapped up by then. Pretty convenient if you ask me.
- Speaking of actions, Georgia’s Jake Fromm confirmed he has met with the Bears during the pre-draft process. And since Pace discussed competition at the quarterback position during is non-committal commitment, it wouldn’t be surprising if this is just the beginning of the Bears’ meetings with draft-eligible quarterback prospects.
- Washington’s Jacob Eason declined comment on if he had met with the Bears, while Bear Report’s Zack Pearson tweets Gordon says he has yet to meet with Chicago at the Combine. The obsessive QB watch continues.
- Following Eason will be fascinating. As Mike Silver of NFL.com writes, Eason is a captivating case study of quarterback development. One NFC GM who spoke with Silver notes “the guy can drop [bleeping] dimes” and a GM from an AFC team added “I could see teams liking his traits and projecting him as someone who could develop into a starter.” Eason’s path to this point was a winding one. Perhaps that journey built some character along the way. Surely, that’s something talent evaluators will find as important as how he tests this week.
- I’ll be curious to see what non-QBs the Bears are connected to at the Combine. Knowing the team’s need at receiver, I wouldn’t mind if they met with Colorado’s Laviska Shenault and got to know him a little better:
#Colorado WR Laviska Shenault (6-foot-1, 227)
Thinking of scheme fits (PHI-KC-CHI). Quick game throws, screens, shallows, jet/fly sweeps, outside verticals.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) February 24, 2020
- ESPN’s Matt Bowen sees Shenault as a fit in the Bears’ scheme. Shenault’s versatility as someone who can be a playmaker on vertical routes, jet sweeps, and short/quick throws makes him an intriguing receiver prospect. And that he was able to put up first-team All-Pac-12 numbers in 2018 and follow it up with a second-team all-conference performance a year later despite sub-optimal quarterback play makes his accomplishments all the more impressive.
- No one covers Bears prospect meetings like BearReport.com. You can keep tabs on who Chicago has met with here.
- Good to see Joe Burrow have some fun with the news that his hand measurements were considered “small” compared to traditional scouting preferences:
Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) February 24, 2020
- If all else fails, getting a vote of confidence from the reigning Super Bowl MVP will probably do wonders for Burrow’s confidence.
- Let Monty cook in 2020:
- Just a few?
Matt Nagy didn’t name any names but says he’s talked with a few players who need to play with the “chip on their shoulder” mentality. #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) February 25, 2020
- You could throw a dart in the Bears’ locker room and hit someone who needs to play with the “chip on their shoulder” mentality in 2020. But I would advise against throwing darts in rooms full of people — especially large men who are highly trained in delivering hits. Just a thought.
- Great Deals of the Day at Amazon today, including gaming gear, running shoes, vacuums, and Ninja Foodi. #ad
- Michael Jordan doesn’t speak publicly much these days, but his words on Kobe Bryant were powerful:
Michael Jordan Delivers Heartfelt Speech About “Little Brother” Kobe Bryanthttps://t.co/Ok0w0OMLcA
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 24, 2020
- Excuse me, but Madison Bumgarner did what!?
Madison Bumgarner Is Secretly a Rodeo Champion Named Mason Saunders … Reallyhttps://t.co/FLb7wvolWe
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) February 24, 2020