I’m just saying that the Fernando Tatis Jr. situation wouldn’t be a thing had we taken my suggestion for a players-run league more seriously.
• Nothing ushers in the start of a new football year like a position change:
Cordarrelle Patterson played some running back and WR on Monday. “We want to be able to get the most out of him,” Matt Nagy said. pic.twitter.com/0GqrthfFIl
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) August 17, 2020
• We wrote about Patterson spending time with the running backs during meeting rooms late last week. And on Monday, Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy confirmed Patterson was set to get some burn with the running backs. This isn’t a move to take lightly. The Bears need help in the backfield. Because no matter how much I like David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, the depth behind that pair is lacking. Additionally, we’ve seen Patterson perform well playing as a running back. Most importantly, we have years of tape that shows us Patterson is dynamic with the ball in his hands. Patterson has great field vision, speed, power, juke moves, and a hard-to-tackle body. Why wouldn’t you want to get that guy more touches?
• I mean, come on, let’s not act like this isn’t out there:
The funny thing about Cordarrelle Patterson is that he's actually a running back pic.twitter.com/G9ueiBduGU
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) April 4, 2018
Cordarrelle Patterson … running back… THE running back ya'llpic.twitter.com/z8rsaD5LF9
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 28, 2019
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) November 5, 2018
• There are times when football is a complicated game. This isn’t one of them. Give the ball to your playmakers and get the heck out of the way. If you have to be creative to do so, then do it. And if that means giving an All-Pro kick returner running back snaps, and it has a history of working, then there should be no hesitation. Whatever it takes for this offense to get going needs to be done. Otherwise, we’re going to spend another winter bemoaning how Chicago wasted another year of elite defensive play because of an offense that wasn’t creative enough to do something worthwhile.
• Don’t get me wrong. I want to see David Montgomery take over as the load-carrying back. And there’s still room for him to do that. I also want to see Tarik Cohen put up big numbers in a contract year. But more than that, I want to see the Bears offense give opposing defenses fits. Imagine how defenses would have to react when Patterson, Cohen, and Montgomery were on the field at the same time because they were all a threat to get the ball. Versatility was lacking last year. And because I don’t want the Bears to make the same mistake twice, I’m welcoming this position change with open arms.
• This thread goes inside why giving Patterson running back snaps makes more sense than some might otherwise think:
#Bears run game thread:
All offseason there have been hints and clues to unravel that would suggest they're moving to a heavier outside zone based scheme. Cordarrelle Patterson moving to RB full time just about confirms what I've speculated.
— Brandon Robinson (@BRobNFL) August 17, 2020
• If you watch the Bears’ training camp highlights clip closely, you’ll see Patterson in running back drills (among other things).
• Speaking of position changes, it looks like Bilal Nichols is getting the first crack at replacing nose tackle Eddie Goldman. Nichols isn’t the prototypical nose tackle. However, his speed/quickness inside could give interior offensive linemen fits. And just because a guy doesn’t look the part doesn’t mean he can’t play it. So because Nichols has played some snaps at the position, I’m willing to see this experiment through.
• And for what it’s worth, so is Nichols. “(Goldman’s) gonna be missed,” Nichols said (via ChicagoBears.com). “but I’m ready to step up. I’ve trained hard. I’m ready for this opportunity. I’m ready to just showcase what I can do, and you know, just put my best foot forward.” The sky is the limit when you can team up confidence and talent.
• I like Nichols, and believe he’s flashed some real upside. But not having Eddie Goldman stinks. Goldman is an underrated player who deserves love for the things he does in the middle of the defense. However, I won’t spend all summer moping about not having him in the lineup. In fact, thinking about Akiem Hicks being back brings me joy:
In Weeks 1-3 last season, the Bears averaged 18.7 pressures per game (via @Sportradar).
In the nine games from the time Akiem Hicks got hurt in London in Week 5 thru Week 14? 8.7.
Story on No. 96 entering his ninth NFL season and fifth as a Bear https://t.co/JDNN1WZYTp
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 18, 2020
• Hicks and Nichols teaming up at the line of scrimmage gives me special feelings:
Akiem Hicks has plenty of belief in Bilal Nichols as the Bears' nose tackle this season: "He's shown promise for his first couple years. We look forward to him taking the next progression, the next step forward, and getting another position down."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) August 17, 2020
• If Charles Leno Jr. plays as good as these Jordan 1s look, then a Pro Bowl year for the Bears left tackle is on the horizon:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 17, 2020
• Get it together, rookie:
A rookie mistake today for TE Cole Kmet. He had a false start in drills and his teammates let him hear about it. #Bears
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) August 17, 2020
• I can’t unsee this now:
• An ex-Bears QB has landed a national television analyst gig. It’s just not the one you expected:
Now official: ESPN’s new Monday Night Football Commentator Team – Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Congratulations to a great team. Lisa Salters and John Parry also return to MNF telecast. First game: Titans at Broncos, the second game of ESPN’s Week 1 MNF Doubleheader pic.twitter.com/7Nw8eyenPA
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2020
• Give me more of this, please:
• Part of me wishes Cam Newton was bringing this type of energy to Bears camp:
• At least one early season Bears road game will be played without fans in the stands:
Falcons officials originally prepared to host 10,000-20,000 fans but said from the beginning that could change. Besides no fans at Sept. 13 game with Seahawks and Sept 27 vs Bears, Falcons won’t have fans at Oct. 5 road game at Green Bay, as announced by Packers
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 17, 2020
• The Bears aren’t scheduled to play in Nashville until November. And yet, I suppose it’s worth keeping tabs on this situation knowing that the Bears and Titans play later this year:
— Stephen Elliott (@ElliottStephenB) August 18, 2020
• Good luck with this:
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 17, 2020
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