Part of me wants to cancel April Fool’s Day in serious times like the ones we’re living in today. But if you have a one that is in good taste and will bring a hearty laugh to people, then by all means, bring it on. Otherwise, keep your not-so-funny attempt at being funny off the radar for now.
- Nick Foles is ready to roll:
- The Bears made the Foles move officially official on Tuesday, which led us to check out some highlights.
- I realize that highlights are created, edited, and packaged to make guys look good, but I’ve long enjoyed Foles’ ability to throw the deep ball. Maybe it’s because I scooped him up off the waiver wire during the 2013 fantasy football season. Or because his unexpected run to Super Bowl stardom won me some side cash along the way. Perhaps it’s my general admiration for a well-thrown bomb. In any case, I wouldn’t mind seeing it deployed often in Chicago.
- Even though I don’t like to read too much into tweets, I see that Foles hash-tagged No. 9 as he announced his arrival to the Bears franchise. Guess this means Foles will wear No. 9 in 2020 after rocking with No. 7 as a member of the Jaguars last year.
- But before Foles official makes the switch, he should probably know it is going to cost him something:
— cordarrelle patterson (@ceeflashpee84) March 31, 2020
- For what it’s worth: Bray and Foles crossed paths in Kansas City. I’m sure they’ll work something out.
- What’s in a number? Everything. Some of Chicago’s best athletes have worn No. 9 over the years. Minnie Minoso wore it en route to what should have been a Hall of Fame career with the White Sox. It was retired in 1983. Michael Jordan wore the number as a member of the Dream Team. All-Star Javier Baez wears it now for the Cubs. And we all know about the success Robbie Gould had while wearing it for the Bears. No pressure, Nick. But know that you have big shoes to fill if indeed you decide on wearing No. 9 in 2020.
- How can Foles go about making the most of it in Chicago? This piece from Dan Durkin at The Athletic keys us in on how the Bears can scheme their way to some good times with the new guy:
How can the #Bears game-plan for Nick Foles’ success?
I took a look back through his career and focused in on what he does best. Do the Bears have all the supporting structure needed to make it work?
Watch some film with me here: https://t.co/lX4mteGwKU
— dan durkin (@djdurkin) April 1, 2020
- Foles isn’t a perfect quarterback. But his knowledge, ability to process, and possession of enough skill to make plays happen makes him a fit in Chicago. Expecting Super Bowl Foles would be a mistake — and I hope Bears fans aren’t making it right now. But competent quarterback play that minimizes mistakes and puts the ball into the hands of playmakers is something Foles should be able to provide this coming season. If not, and if Mitch Trubisky falters for a second consecutive season, a search for a long-term quarterbacking answer will be underway when we’re talking Bears at this time next year.
- I’m very much looking forward to an honest to goodness quarterback competition this summer. Or whenever football activities begin again. May the best man win.
- Winner get a chance to lead the Bears to the postseason for the second time in three years. An expanded playoff bracket should help the Bears’ cause. And if they play on Wild-Card Weekend, there is a chance the game could be telecast on Nickelodeon. No, seriously.
- Aaron Rodgers getting slimed after a sack that seals the Packers’ fate would be sweet.
- I’ll give the NFL credit for this: Tapping into outside-of-the-box ideas in an attempt to reach out to different fan demographics is bold. Fortune favors the bold. Keep doing that.
- (Sends menacing glare in the direction of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred)
- Adam Jahns’ piece at The Athletic on Darion Clark has me excited about following this particular tight end prospect on his journey to the NFL. The converted basketball player exchanged hoop dreams for a chance to become the next bucket-getter-turned-touchdown-scorer. This path isn’t going to be an easy one. Not with a team that has nine other tight ends on the roster at the moment. But it wasn’t going to be easy any way because going from basketball player to football player is incredibly difficult. We know about the stories of Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates because they’re the exception to the rule. But that it doesn’t happen often doesn’t mean it can’t happen for Clark. I’ll be curious to track his progression.
- I never got to see Jimbo Covert play in his prime, but I still have an appreciation for his game and what he brought to the Bears. I’m glad he is getting his due as a soon-to-be-enshrined member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
Today we feature 2020 Class member and @ChicagoBears
great Jimbo Covert!
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) April 1, 2020
- How’d you guys do on the brain teaser?
- I think I like the hat on the top left, but I’m not sure yet:
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 31, 2020
Jets have agreed to bring back QB David Fales on a 1-year deal, per source. Fales was the No. 2 QB to Sam Darnold for most of last season and could fill that role again this year. He played for Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains in Chicago and Miami.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2020
- Important perspective:
Please take a few minutes to listen to this message from longtime agent Buddy Baker, who lost his parents over the weekend to complications from Covid-19.
Thoughts and prayers go out.https://t.co/V5L26JBN7m
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) April 1, 2020