I think I’ll have my leftover dinner for lunch, then make breakfast for dinner. Is that a little too outside-of-the-box? (Michael: Right now? Nah. Go for it. There are no rules.)
- I don’t care that this play didn’t go for a huge chunk of yardage …
Reverse + Fleaflicker + Screen lol
Kingsbury is wild pic.twitter.com/bwY5j3x9Dw
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) March 22, 2020
- … but I do care about the innovative design, use of misdirection, and potential this play would have had if properly blocked and executed.
- This is already a period in which NFL coaches and players have limited contact, but social distancing is really keeping everyone at arm’s length. Even still, I just know there’s a subset of coaches out there using this quarantine to draw up some innovative things for the 2020 season. I hope Matt Nagy is one of them.
- I was diving through my DVR last night and realized I hadn’t deleted the Bears-Cowboys game from the 2019 season. That led me to give it a full re-watch. I’m bugged the Bears didn’t play with this crispness all season. If they would have been able to do so, I wonder how that would have changed the outlook of this offseason. Here’s hoping the team enters the 2020 campaign realizing that every snap and every game should be played with high tenacity and an uninterrupted focus. And while I’ll stop short of saying the Bears didn’t care or had their minds elsewhere/living off past accomplishments, there were far too many mental mistakes that put the team behind. When those moments stack up on drives, throughout games, and throughout stretches of the season, they tend to muck up an entire year’s worth of action.
- For example, I found myself re-watching this particular play on repeat:
— CowboysTalkLine (@CowboysTalkLine) February 4, 2020
- Nothing like yelling about a game that happened last December at 9 p.m. on a Sunday night.
- Was this play call too gimmicky? Too cute? Did you roll your eyes at it when it happened? Yell at Matt Nagy through the TV? I’m pretty sure I did, too. But did you give it a re-watch? Someone missed a major blocking assignment on the edge, which allowed Robert Quinn (he’s a Bear now!) to tackle Cordarrelle Patterson for a loss without being touched at the line of scrimmage. Charles Leno Jr. took a chunk of blame on that play, but I’m not sure that was his assignment. Leno appears to be pulling out to block downfield. Meanwhile, wide receiver Anthony Miller, who is lined up next to Leno, appears to not fully commit to cracking back on Quinn, missing the assignment, and ultimately allows for the play to be busted before it could get going anywhere.
- That small mistake didn’t cost the Bears the age. Heck. They still scored points on this drive. But it was enough of a set-back to get Nagy riled up on the sideline for someone blowing a blocking assignment.
- Don’t you miss when Matt Nagy was lauded for his play design? I do. And with better blocking and execution, he could get back to this place:
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) August 19, 2018
I absolutely love this play design by Nagy.
TE / Wing with twins.
Play action with a clear out by the wing. Leaking out the TE on a slip screen.
All this set up by the duo play they ran earlier in the game with Montgomery. pic.twitter.com/Q54Czwi5mb
— Coach Codutti (@coachcodutti) December 6, 2019
Check out this brilliant play design by #Bears HC Matt Nagy. The play starts with two routes out to the left, then reveals two routes to the right, but BOTH route sets are decoys! Every route here serves to get Trey Burton open down the middle. Smart, smart stuff happening in CHI pic.twitter.com/M3871HB2Ck
— Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) May 16, 2019
TD #4. Nagy talked about setting this play up bc he'd seen defenses jumping their WR screens on film.
Game planning weeks in advance and stacking plays off previous designs? I like
(watch Cohen when Mitch throws it. Already has his hands in the air) pic.twitter.com/VfY2BgzMsi
— Joe Tidei (@JoeyProspects) October 2, 2018
The Chicago Bears had a 60% success rate when they called the man-pick play on third down. This was my favorite pick design of the season by Nagy. Robinson and Gabriel do a decent job on the pick but watch Cody Whitehair on the pull as backup for the pick. #Bears pic.twitter.com/GAAlGsv2RB
— Dan DeYoung (@DanDeYoungFB) June 24, 2019
- The Bears are reportedly signing Barkevious Mingo, and not solely for his name. I had high hopes for Mingo coming out of LSU, but he was drafted by the Browns during an era when virtually all of the franchise’s first-round picks seemed cursed. That he’s found a role as a reserve in the years since leaving Cleveland is impressive and a testament to his skill and talent. Hopefully, he can keep those good times rolling in Chicago.
- I remember seeing this and thinking to myself: “Barkevious Mingo, now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time …”
Lonnie Johnson ended up with the scoop and score, but it was Barkevious Mingo who blocked the punt for the Texans in the AFC Divisional Round against the Chiefs.
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) March 23, 2020
- Do not underestimate the importance of the special teams aspect of this signing. The Bears who ranked first (DeAndre Houston-Carson), third (Kevin Pierre-Louis), and fifth (Nick Kwiatkoski) in special teams snaps last season have either left via free agency (Pierre-Louis, Kwiatkoski) or are still on the market (Houston-Carson). Sherrick McManis, who would have been there had he not suffered a season-ending injury after nine games, is also a free agent. Replacing special teams snaps with quality players is something good teams do to stay competitive.
- For your listening pleasure:
Hey!! You!! We know you are still awake!! Listen to the new episode with @JJStankevitz !!! “For Whom The Bell Foles” We talk #Bears #NFLFreeAgency & react to all the moves. What is Ryan Pace doing? #BrawlNetwrok https://t.co/Ihk27q7NsV pic.twitter.com/YmwF12KdXM
— Da TailGate Show ™️ on The Brawl Network (@DaTailGateShow) March 23, 2020
- A perspective on how things are going for the rest of the NFC North from the defending division champions:
The #Packers have had an underwhelming start to free agency. The good news for Green Bay, though, is the rest of the NFC North hasn't made any major gains. My story at @ForbesSports.
— Rob Reischel (@robreischel) March 22, 2020
- Ah, jeez. I remember what it was like a year ago at this time watching other teams make moves while the Bears made minor tweaks. No, I won’t go as far as to suggest the Packers need to make sweeping moves to stay atop the NFC North. But there are certain risks that come with the status quo, and it’s something Bears fans know all too well. Even still … the Packers remain the team to beat in the division. Grumble.
- I found myself down a YouTube rabbit hole and watching the Eagles’ Super Bowl win with a different perspective:
- Twenty minutes of Super Bowl excellence should be helpful toward getting you through your day, so give yourself some time to re-live the magic.
- NFL on FOX A-Team play-by-play voice Joe Buck is keeping it fresh by doing play-by-play calls of things that happen in life:
— Joe Buck (@Buck) March 22, 2020
- OK, so I’m more of a Vin Scully guy than a Joe Buck guy … but this is pretty cool. Who would you like to narrate your life? My top-5: Scully, Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert, Verne Lundquist, Mike Emrick.
- I don’t care that this is Brian Hoyer’s third tour of duty with the Patriots. He’ll always be a Bear to me:
The #Patriots will bring QB Brian Hoyer back on a 1-year deal to join Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler… plus there is always the draft. Given where NE is cap-wise, this is probably it at the position.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2020
- An old friend agrees to a restructured contract:
Bryce Callahan agreed to a restructured contract with the #Broncos, freeing up $1.8 million in cap space this year. He's now due $5M in 2020 and can make another $2M in playtime incentives. A big free agent prize a year ago, Callahan missed 2019 because of injuries.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 22, 2020
- Darius Slay will wear No. 24 with the Eagles to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant. Nice touch.
- hadn’t seen this tweet until reading Albert Breer’s SI.com column this morning, but I got a kick out of it:
Drew Brees vs Tom Brady NFC South battles pic.twitter.com/pROrk9zkN8
— Urek 'Mal' Mazino (@maldalorian662) March 18, 2020