Normalize making music videos ridiculous again:
I know music videos are going the way of the dinosaur. But man, the ridiculousness of videos in the 2000s with grand entrances, head bands, and oversized jerseys hits a soft spot for me. If I could pick one trend to come back, it would be that.
• When I was growing up, my friends and I would kick around conversations about what we would buy when we hit the jackpot. It’s a conversation I imagine NFL hopefuls have on the come-up, then get to live out after draft day. And after the Bears selected Eddie Jackson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, one thing he considered purchasing after the draft blows my mind. Nathan Smith (ChicagoBears.com) writes that Jackson has a thing for mob movies. So much so, Jackson considered getting an Al Capone tattoo after he was drafted by the Bears.
• Seriously, Jackson is committed to his love of mob/cartel movies. “I’ve probably seen every one of those Al Capone stories,” Jackson said. “I already liked Al Capone, then I ended up in Chicago.” Jackson didn’t get it done, but tells Smith he wouldn’t rule it out in the future. I’ve never been a tattoo guy, but now I’m thinking about what’s the most Chicago tattoo I could get. Hmmm.
• I hope you took some time to vote Jackson’s star teammate Akiem Hicks into the Pro Bowl. There are few players who are as much fun to watch play their position than Hicks. As evidenced by this hype video:
— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) December 16, 2020
• Doesn’t that make you want to run through a wall to vote?
• Speaking of Pro Bowl caliber performances, Roquan Smith finds himself in fine company with this group:
Roquan Smith has 17 tackles for loss, only 4 of which are sacks. He's the 4th player since 1999 to have 17+ TFL but under 5 sacks pic.twitter.com/MK9Luq53rz
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) December 17, 2020
• Ray Lewis is a Hall of Fame. Luke Kuechly will certainly join him in Canton someday soon. Lavonte David is a Pro Bowler and All-Pro who has played at a high level going on 10 years now. This is hashtag: elite company Smith finds himself in, and the season isn’t even over yet. There’s still ample snaps to reach some new highs.
• Roquan Smith’s 2020 space: 150 tackles (105 solo), 21 tackles-for-loss, 7 QB Hits, 5 sacks. That’ll play.
• I’m taking a moment to note that wearing a mask in the Chicago winter does wonders to keep my face warm:
Lookin' good, fellas. https://t.co/SqClzZaYKd
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) December 17, 2020
• Only in 2020:
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) December 16, 2020
• Rescheduling practice because a courier error in delivering the team’s COVID test results in a timely manner isn’t something I thought would come up as a storyline this year. But here we are.
• Mitchell Trubisky is on the doorstep of Bears history:
Mitchell Trubisky is 110 yards shy of 10-thousand for his career. He'd become the fastest to get there for a player who began his career in Chicago. Per Bears notes.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) December 17, 2020
• Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner has his eyes on the Bears this weekend:
• Matt Nagy told reporters that Mario Edwards Jr. will continue prating as the team and league go through the legal process stemming through the assault allegations that surfaced publicly this week. The league could still put him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List between now and game day as things sort out. We’ll keep an eye on this situation as it develops.
• Spot the guys with Bears ties on this list:
Top Earning Active Backup QBs
Joe Flacco, $167M
Matt Schaub, $94M
Carson Wentz, $79M
Nick Foles, $74M
Ryan Fitzpatrick, $71M
Tyrod Taylor, $54M
Marcus Mariota, $54M
Josh McCown, $52M
Jameis Winstom, $47M
Case Keenum, $38M
Chase Daniel, $37M
— Spotrac (@spotrac) December 17, 2020
• Tools, books, bedding, and data storage are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon. #ad
• I love seeing stuff like this:
— Charles Leno Jr (@charleslenojr72) December 17, 2020
• In this house, we root for our favorite ex-Bears to thrive in their new digs:
The #Seahawks are welcoming back TE Greg Olsen to the practice field, opening his 21-day window. However improbable, this was his goal. Now it’s reachable.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2020
• Another Lions GM candidate:
Dimitroff, 54, is a two-time NFL Executive of the Year. He built the ATL team that reached the Super Bowl four years ago and was part of two championships in New England.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 17, 2020