In an alternate universe, I’d be gearing up for Bears-Browns tonight in the preseason lid-lifter. Instead, I’ve got plans to make some wonderful steaks for my friends and I tonight. I suppose there are worse alternatives.
• Oh, look: More extensions! This time for Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark:
• The Packers and Kenny Clark agreed on a four-year extension worth $70 million. It’s a deal that keeps Clark in Green Bay for the next five seasons, while making him the game’s highest-paid nose tackle. Players like Clark don’t get the love they should for what they do in the middle of a defense. Much like Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman, Clark eats up space at the line of scrimmage, stops backs in their tracks, and hassles quarterbacks, too. This is a well-earned extension for the Packers standout. Grumble. He’s dang good.
• Meanwhile, we await news regarding Allen Robinson’s extension. On Friday, Robinson said contract talks weren’t top of mind for him. Instead, preparing for a season in which he and his teammates have Super Bowl aspirations is a priority. I admire Robinson’s commitment to a team-first attitude, but I want the two sides to agree on an extension already. That type of drive is one of many reasons to extend him. But also … he is a darn good football player.
• As if more evidence was needed, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic chimes in with reminders as to why a Robinson extension should be a priority for the Bears:
Thoughts on Allen Robinson and a possible extension with the Bears…
• Closer look at his stats and what he’s meant to the offense
• Salary cap implications
• The future at WR
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— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 15, 2020
• The Bears’ best offensive player, who happens to be a top receiver in all of football and in the prime of his career, should be paid appropriately. Retaining Robinson would have a heckuva trickle-down impact. Think about it. Keeping Robinson makes the quarterback better. And if the quarterback is better, then the offense has a fighting chance of being better. So if your team has Super Bowl dreams already has a gifted defense, then the priority should be to make sure the offense can put up a puncher’s chance at scoring points. Robinson’s presence does that. Without him, I’m not sure I want to think about how much worse this offense could be.
• Teaming an established pass-catcher like Robinson with a quarterback on the rise is a dream scenario for Bears fans. And it’s one we’ll continue exploring, so long as Chicago still has no long-term, in-house quarterback solution. Over at Bleacher Report, Matt Miller explores the best 2021 NFL Draft fits featuring players from schools in conferences that have opted out. For the Bears, it’s a layup. Of course it’s a quarterback. Moreover, it’s one we’ve become familiar with in recent weeks. North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is Miller’s pick to click for the Bears. For what it’s worth, his reasoning is sensible enough:
“If Matt Nagy is allowed a chance to pick his own quarterback for the Bears, there is no better fit than the dual-threat, strong-armed Trey Lance. After throwing for 28 touchdowns and no interceptions last year—while running for another 14—Lance will be one of the most exciting players in the 2021 class if he declares as a redshirt sophomore.”
• I like how this is phrased. If Nagy is allowed to pick his own quarterback. That virtually tells you everything you need to know about the Bears’ situation, doesn’t it? Miller doesn’t put it on GM Ryan Pace to pick a QB. Instead, it’s on the head coach to find the guy. All things considered, that’s a sensible angle. Because while Nagy hasn’t been a decision-maker on that front, he has been in quarterback rooms with draft picks.
• During his time as an assistant under Andy Reid, Nagy has seen Mike Kafka (2010), Nick Foles (2012), Aaron Murray (2014), Kevin Hogan (2016), and Patrick Mahomes (2017) get drafted. Kafka has turned into a hot coaching candidate. Mahomes is the best thing smoking in the NFL. Foles is a Super Bowl champion set to battle Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job. But at least Nagy has experience with the process. Maybe the smart thing would be to turn it over to him.
• And for what it’s worth, it wouldn’t solely be Nagy’s call. Let Dave Ragone, Bill Lazor, and John DeFilippo into the conversation, too. Should the Bears make the decision to draft a quarterback next year, they’ll be better positioned than they were in 2017 when the decision-making group was Pace (who had never been in a room that drafted a QB before Round 5), John Fox (a defensive-minded head coach who was about to enter a lame-duck year), Dowell Loggains (entering his second year as a full-time offensive coordinator), and Ragone (entering his third year coaching QBs).
• Anthony Miller says interesting things:
Anthony Miller on Nick Foles: "You can definitely tell that Nick has been playing this game for a long time and he knows this offense very well." #Bears
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 14, 2020
This was an interesting quote from WR Anthony Miller about his 5-game stretch from Weeks 11-15 last season:
"I think I just started getting more opportunities to catch the ball. I think when I get a chance to get my hands on it I can be something special." #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 14, 2020
• This is the right perspective to have on the QB derby:
Allen Robinson on the QB competition: "It's not about what's best for me, it's about what's best for the team." Robinson says he is supportive of both.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 14, 2020
• Gary Fencik with the BOOMSTICK:
— Bear Report (@BearReport) August 15, 2020
• You really do:
You 🧡 to see it. pic.twitter.com/VubIK7JbVV
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 14, 2020
• There’s an obvious choice, but I want to know what the not-obvious one is:
If you could go back and change just ONE moment in NFL history, what would it be?
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) August 14, 2020
• For me, it’s Cody Parkey making the game-winning field goal in OT against the Dolphins in 2018. If the Bears win that game, then they get the bye week in the playoffs. Thus, they’re not even playing on Wild-Card Weekend. From there, who knows what happens!?
• Here’s something that’s new to me:
• This is some of Eli’s best work:
LaVine 1 Boylen 0 pic.twitter.com/jwbMKYWVF6
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) August 14, 2020