When I was fresh out of college, I used to blog about my uncomfortable habits, as a Jedi mind trick of sorts, to keep myself in check. Essentially, the idea was to write about my weight or my habits that I wasn’t digging. Post it, go back, read it, hold myself accountable, and then (hopefully) change. So with that in mind …
I’ve been doing way too much stress eating lately, but my hope is that if I tell myself that I can power through this by typing it out on a computer, come back to reading it at some point later, then change my ways, I’ll be better for the entire experience. Let’s roll. (Michael: Amen, brother. It’s been tough to stem the extra drinking and snacking out of sheer boredom and anxiety during this quarantine. You got this.)
- Leading off with a trade that made me go “hmmm…” (and not just because the Bears are scheduled to play both the Rams and Texans in 2020):
— NFL (@NFL) April 9, 2020
- I suppose this is one way of replacing DeAndre Hopkins
- In a vacuum, acquiring Brandin Cooks isn’t a bad move. But transactions aren’t made in a vacuum. They are part of a continue thread of events. To trade for Cooks, his contract, and an injury history littered with multiple known concussions for a second-round pick before a draft that is as deep as ever at receiver doesn’t line up. Cooks, 26, has already been traded three times. Worst case scenario is that this is a red flag. Best case scenario is that he is still young and can be productive if/when healthy.
- Man … the Texans have done some weird stuff since they decided to operate without a general manager:
Since August 31st, the Texans have traded away 12 players/picks and acquired 15 players/picks. A look at them all in composite: pic.twitter.com/NqI77GEa9I
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 9, 2020
- From the Rams point of view … OUCH:
The Rams are spending $74M so they can have Jared Goff & not have Todd Gurley & Brandin Cooks on their roster.
They're eating $38M in dead cap between Gurley ($20.2M) & Cooks ($17.8M).
And they are spending a $36M cap hit on Goff (#1 most in NFL).
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 9, 2020
Spring 2018: Rams signed Todd Gurley & Brandin Cooks to mega deals w combined $94M g'teed
Those 2 players combined for 26 TDs (47% of team total) & 3,035 yards (38% of team total) & the 2018 Rams made the Super Bowl.
Spring 2020: Rams dumped both players & ate ~$40M in dead cap
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 10, 2020
- Quarterback contracts are a trap. Dear Bears, please don’t fall into the trap.
- Bears players love Mitch Trubisky:
“That was my, ‘Mitch is my guy forever,’ moment.”
— Bears Nation Podcast (@BearsNationPod) April 9, 2020
- One of the most frustrating things about the Trubisky era is that he could have this city’s fans on a string if he was just a smidge more consistent overall. Trubisky has a try-hard attitude, enviable athleticism, and his teammates like him. However, having the intangibles and the support of teammates can only go so far when performance in the most valuable thing.
- Until Trubisky figures it out, I imagine the savagery online will continue:
I love Chicago. pic.twitter.com/f7S6OXNH4T
— Brett Craycraft (@CraycraftBrett) April 9, 2020
- Chicago is spending a lot of money at the tight end position where there hasn’t been much production:
Positional Cap Leaders
QB: #Colts, $47M
RB/FB: #49ers, $21M
WR: #Bengals, $38M
TE: #Bears, $21M
OL: #Raiders, $57M
DL: #Chiefs, $51M
LB: #Bears: $45M
DB: #Dolphins. $64M
S/T: #Saints, $9.5M
Total: #Raiders, $221Mhttps://t.co/37xA7GYsZ9
— Spotrac (@spotrac) April 10, 2020
- But they are also spending at linebacker, where they are employing Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn. That’s fine. But as a reminder, my preference is to spend money on production and not to chase prior results and hoping a player turns back the clock.
- Way to go, Bears:
- This is a hefty increase after the team initially donated $250,000. Keep it up.
- Allen Robinson wins the #OpenDoorChallenge:
— Allen Robinson's Within Reach Foundation (@ARWithinReach) April 9, 2020
Just heard from Bears WR Allen Robinson on what it means to have his teammates & coach support his effort to feed students and families in Chicago – the words he used, "humbled" and "beyond grateful." Check out @ARWithinReach for more. pic.twitter.com/EcRu0NLGyz
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) April 9, 2020