2020 has often left me wishing that I wasn’t living out multiple chapters in a history book. But this isn’t one of the moments that makes me wish that:
Tennessee rolled to a win. Vandy finished winless in nine games. But for one moment, we got an opportunity to see something we’ve never witnessed before. And that’s pretty cool.
• Sam Howell and Kedon Slovis got me thinking that taking a first-round quarterback in 2022 is the move. Look at these throws:
Sam Howell with a dime to start the game pic.twitter.com/j2wbJXyvT2
— Slightly Biased (@BiasedSlightly) December 12, 2020
#Bears fans are going to be turned off by UNC quarterbacks, but Sam Howell is legit.
With his accuracy, poise and impressive deep touch, he’ll be in the running for QB1 in 2022. They’ll have their eyes on him if they pass on a QB this year. pic.twitter.com/J2EERfyTjf
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) December 12, 2020
• To be swaggy enough to throw down the “U” in Miami’s building after running “Philly, Philly” in a blowout is something else:
• I understand waiting until 2022 to draft a franchise quarterback isn’t a popular take. However, the Bears have enough needs at impact positions elsewhere to justify not taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Trade down, collect picks, and build from there. Use the 2021 offseason to clear the books of unsavory contracts and create some much-needed cap space. From there, go about building an offense with upgrades on the offensive line and receiver. Then follow it up next offseason with one of the top two quarterbacks in next year’s class. It’s fun to think about, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong. Getting a top-3 quarterback in this class would be neat. But the better organizational move might be to kick the can down the road one year. At minimum, it’s an idea to consider.
• Brace yourselves, for the Bears will be connected to every quarterback option near and far between now and whenever the dust clears after they make their selection. Chicago’s football team lands among the possible “contenders” for Carson Wentz, should the Eagles decide to part ways with their star-crossed quarterback. Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic notes that a Bears-Eagles Wentz deal makes little sense financially for Chicago. Because even if the Bears landed Wentz, they’d be unable to fill their other needs that would maximize his potential. But hey, it’s a big name with a big arm!
• Speaking of big names with big arms, Adam Hoge goes completely off the board:
Dak Prescott for Khalil Mack… who says no?
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 10, 2020
• The whole concept of trading Khalil Mack for Dak Prescott is absolute wacky sauce. HOWEVA … you have my attention. For starters, I can’t dismiss this completely because Jerry Jones is essentially Captain Wacky Sauce. Jones has pulled off crazier stunts than this, so it’s not totally off the board to envision this scenario playing out. Think about it. No one loves star-power than Jones. And while Prescott is a Cowboys success story, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see Dallas use Prescott as a trade chip, then pivoting toward using the Cowboys’ first-round pick on a quarterback like Zach Wilson. Even still … the hard part would be fitting in Prescott’s contract into a tight cap situation. And let’s not forget about the injury Prescott suffered earlier in the season. I imagine the Bears would need to feel great about the medical clearance before pulling the trigger on a hypothetical deal.
• Sigh. The conversation today would likely be different had the Bears gone in a different direction in the 2017 NFL Draft. For instance, Chris Simms believes the Bears could’ve won the Super Bowl in 2018 had they selected Deshaun Watson in 2017. And why not? Dropping Watson into an offense with Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard’s last good year, an emerging Tarik Cohen, the best offensive line Chicago has had in Matt Nagy’s time, and that defense would make anyone a believer.
• Hello, darkness … my old friend:
You already might be hate-watching the Bears after their six successive losses.
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) December 12, 2020
• Chicago’s kicking game hasn’t been problematic, but Cade York boomed the heck out of this kick:
FOR THE LEAD.
IN THE FOG.
AGAINST THE NO. 6 TEAM IN THE NATION.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 13, 2020
• But also … WHO THROWS A SHOE?
THE SHOE THROW THAT GAVE LSU THE 1ST DOWN
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 13, 2020
• Can’t get enough of that sweet MACtion:
#MACtion at its finest
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) December 12, 2020