Not only did yesterday’s wedding go off without any hitches, it gave me ideas on what I wanted my wedding to look like one day. Sure, it’s a day that’s in a distant future, but it’s always fun to dream.
• Alright, so Alex Brown shared a picture on Instagram …
• … and I certainly got a kick out of it:
That’s what happens when you have a QB controversy on your hands https://t.co/iwPtSnkm9r
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) July 11, 2020
• … but also, it’s not how Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy actually looks.
• I’m equally impressed and frightened by technology’s ability to edit faces in such a way. But also, I’m entertained and intrigued.
• Brown was having fun. And I was having fun. But let’s be honest with each other, no one would be surprised if the weight of a quarterback camp battle aged Nagy quickly and poorly during the offseason. You know how the presidency ages whoever’s in office? Well, it doesn’t take too much of an imagination to see how trying to fix the most obvious problem spot the Bears franchise has right now could do that to a guy. Heck, I’m pretty sure I have a few new white hairs in my beard for having to write about it. Don’t get me wrong. The thrill of competition gets the blood pumping. But having uncertainty at the most important position on the field is stressful (to say the least).
• Also … Alex Brown still looks like he can play. Is there any way he can give a few pass-rushing snaps this upcoming season? You guys know what I like to say: “You can never have too many good pass-rushers!”
• One of the reasons there is a fair amount of stress regarding what happens at QB is because the Bears are well-rounded elsewhere. This isn’t a perfect roster, but it’s one that should be competitive and has championship potential with the right quarterback at the helm. Adam Rank (NFL.com) serves up a reminder that the Bears should be viewed as contenders despite the obvious question marks at quarterback.
• Cody Whitehair recently referenced how the team left plays on the field. Mitchell Trubisky also made it a point to note that they left plays on the field and lost games they should have won. So it’s not as if Rank is talking out of his backside with his assessment.
• Think about it. The 2019 Bears were a few plays away from turning an 8-8 record to a 9-7 or 10-6 mark. They found no answers at quarterback, suffered injuries at a few key spots, regression from others, and were #InTheHunt for a healthy chunk of the year and not too far off from being a playoff team. The competitive window isn’t as large as anyone would like, but it’s there — even if squeezing through it won’t be easy.
• Danny Trevathan has had just about enough of the Allen Robinson slander:
I’ma be complete honest with y’all. If we talking WRs… I’m taking my dawg @AllenRobinson any day!
— Danny Trevathan (@Grindin_59) July 11, 2020
• RESPECT. ALLEN. ROBINSON. That is all.
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• I’m curious to know who your answers for this will be:
Who was your favorite football player when you were 10 years old?
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) July 12, 2020
• Curtis Conway was my dude when I was 10. But I was also a fan of Donnell Woolford, thought Rashaan Salaam had a bright future, and believed Bobby Engram had potential. I wasn’t a big Dave Krieg guy, but he was 38 at the time, so it’s not as if you could blame me. Maybe Steve Stenstrom (he was a Stanford guy, so he was totally smart!) or Shane Matthews (one of these Florida QBs is destined to be good one of these days!) should’ve gotten an extended look?
• Nothing but the bottom of the cup:
• Re-sharing this message from Brett’s Cubs Bullets:
It took only five months, but finally we got a clear visual message from the top: wear a mask. There is nothing political about it. That’s just the plain old, scientifically-driven, medical advice from experts. Even here on this sports site, we recognize the importance: if you want sports to succeed in the face of this pandemic, then every dang person just needs to mask up when they go around other people. It’s that simple. Got some surgical ones that aren’t needed for hospitals? Great. Use ’em. Want to get team logo ones? Great, get ’em here. Want to fashion your own out of shirts or bandanas? It can be done, per the CDC! Just please do it. No one wants more sickness, more deaths, and more lockdowns.