Matt Nagy Brings the Juice (VIDEO), Alvin Kamara Likely Staying Put, Packers Rookie LB Out 6-8 Weeks, and Other Bears Bits

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Matt Nagy Brings the Juice (VIDEO), Alvin Kamara Likely Staying Put, Packers Rookie LB Out 6-8 Weeks, and Other Bears Bits

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The good news is that I’m coming so close to nailing my family’s rice recipe. But I suppose the bad news is once I do, my friends are going to hound me to make rice for them ASAP. I won’t complain, though. It feels good to be wanted.

•   Mic’d up Matt Nagy brings the juice:

•   I’m glad someone is bringing the juice. Because around the league, others are bringing the heat. Take this from Mike Tanier (NY Times): “The problems with a quarterback competition between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles is that the winner will be either Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles. … The Trubisky-Foles competition is typical by N.F.L. standards: an organizational effort to solve one problem by throwing a slightly different problem at it.” Sigh. Those are words written by someone who clearly doesn’t understand the Bears’ QB derby, but doesn’t care because they got their zinger in.

•   Here’s the simplest breakdown of the Bears’ QB competition: Chicago is trying to solve the problem of Mitchell Trubisky being unable to perform at a high level at the game’s most important position because he can’t properly process what defenses are throwing at him by pushing him with a quarterback whose most notable skill is the ability to process what defenses are doing. In turn, Trubisky has to be better mechanically and as a processor in order to retain the QB1 spot. That’s it. Sometimes football is a complicated game. Explaining what the Bears’ quarterback competition is about is not one of those times.

•   It would be nice if the Bears had an upgraded rushing attack to bolster the quarterback’s chances. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Alvin Kamara is going anywhere (much to my chagrin):


•   Allen Robinson weighs in on the Big Ten trying to play football in a pandemic:

•   Among the things I miss about not being at training camp is watching coaches like Mike Furrey get their hands on Allen Robinson and others. High-energy coaches with fire and passion are often the highlight of training camp that no one gets to see. With that in mind, I found this read to be quite a journey:

•   Sound on:

•   Kirk Cousins jumped on a podcast with football media personality Kyle Brandt and issued some commentary when asked about wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic (via the New York Post):

“I want to respect what other people’s concerns are. For me personally, just talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I’m gonna go about my daily life. If I get it, I’m gonna ride it out. I’m gonna let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.

So that’s really where I fall on it, so my opinion on wearing a mask is really about being respectful to other people. It really has nothing to do with my own personal thoughts..”

•   Cousins’ commentary is flippant and borders on irresponsible. The NFL has exceeded my expectations with how it has handled COVID-19 concerns. And while they weren’t high to begin with, that the league has taken it seriously enough to put together a set of protocols in order to try and play football in a pandemic receives a tip-of-the-cap from me. So to read comments by a player as visible as Cousins should gnaw at those in the league offices.

•   Not to be lost in the conversation is that Cousins still wears a mask selflessly out of respect for others. That feels like an important takeaway that appears to be getting lost in the shuffle. Perhaps the “if I die, I die” sentiment comes from the perspective of a dude who is going to spend his year getting chased by Mack, Quinn, the Smith Bros., and any number of Lions players willing to take a 15-yard late-hit penalty because that’s just what they do. Even still … having an Ivan Drago approach to a a virus without a cure isn’t something I’d talk about publicly. But maybe that’s just me.

•   Elsewhere in the NFC North:

•   Another receiver in the NFC North is trying to cash in with a huge payday:

•   ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry explores the latest episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the conversations the Rams and Chargers are having with regards to social justice.

•   This video is quite flooring:

•   I appreciate Matt Nagy’s honest answer shedding light that coaches don’t want to see their players leave, but will respect and support their decisions should it come down to it:

•   Robert Quinn brings a unique perspective in all this:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.