Trubisky Continues Mechanical Tweaks, Bears Up Schitt’s Creek, Who’s Winning the Mack Trade? And Other Bears Bits

Autumn is here, which means it’s time to act like hoodies and basketball shorts are proper attire no matter the temperature or occasion.

•   You just looooove to see this:

•   Mitchell Trubisky’s work ethic has never been questioned. It’s just that we’ve yet to see steady, consistent results from all the work he has put in. I would have preferred if Trubisky worked with Jeff Christensen years ago when he first came in the league. But as the Aubrey Graham lyric goes: “Better late than never, but never late is better.” Trubisky’s continued effort en route to refining his mechanics and improving his play is something I hope to look back on later and highlight as a reason the Bears are one of the teams playing postseason football.

•   I suppose the early returns have featured more positives than negatives. Trubisky was PFF’s seventh-highest-graded QB after Week 2’s Sunday games. That’s high praise if you consider how much shade has been thrown at Trubisky in previous years. And, yeah, it’s just the Giants. But hey, you gotta call ’em how you see ’em.

•   Let’s be real: For Trubisky to take the next step in his development, he’ll need to upgrade from Jordan 1s to Concords.

•   Khalil Mack is still good:

•   Unfortunately, someone found themselves re-litigating the trade (again):

•   In what is one of my hottest takes to date, I still maintain both sides received what they wanted out of the deal. The Bears landed an elite pass-rusher while their quarterback was on his rookie deal. On the other side of the coin, the Raiders got out from having to pay a top-end EDGE defender while also paying top price for a starting QB simultaneously. This is important, seeing that the Raiders were in transition, about to move, and had financial restrictions that ultimately paid a factor in them not maneuvering to pay Mack, Amari Cooper, and Derek Carr. They also acquired draft capital used to land (among other pieces) star running back Josh Jacobs.

•   I understand that there is a desperate need among some to immediately declare winners and losers upon news of a deal coming down. But in this case, the moderate response appears to be the extreme. And I’m cool with that. No one likes making one-sided trades anyway, because that’s a good way to lose trade partners in future years.

•   OK, fine. I’ll get into Schitt’s Creek. But someone’s gonna have to slide through with that Netflix hookup until Sprint customers are allowed to capitalize on the Netflix/T-Mobile deal:

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•   For your listening pleasure:

•   The Raiders opened up their new digs in style:

•   HOWEVER, I expect it to be a costly debut for Jon Gruden (and Sean Payton, for that matter) for violation of the league’s mask-wearing policy. The NFL isn’t playing around:

•   I’m doing everything in my power to not say that Vic Fangio already has experience in dealing with this type of quarterback:

•   If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Brett probably has his eyes on snatching Brady’s job. Watch out behind you, Tom:

•   Getting down to the nitty-gritty in the Bulls’ head coach search:

•   It’s becoming increasingly difficult to not like Joey Votto:

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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