Once I get my hands on some tomatoes, I’m trying this fried cherry tomatoes recipe from my friend Jim. It might happen as soon as today, but most likely will go down in the kitchen tomorrow. I’ve been in a cooking mood for the last week and would like to continue making progress in cleaning out some stuff from the cabinets and freezer that I’ve been wanting to cook. Wish me luck!
• Let’s keep it real. The Chicago Bears have been struggling to score offensive touchdowns for two years now. Even when they were scoring offensive TDs in 2018, they were doing so thanks in part to the heavy lifting from the defense and special teams winning the field position battle. Nevertheless, I found myself thinking hard about the correct answer to this question:
• If it’s Allen Robinson II, then I think we can come to the conclusion that the quarterback(s) did work. Should Cole Kmet hold the title at year’s end, it might suggest the Bears were able to get into the red zone often. Same for running back David Montgomery. But the player in the quartet above who intrigues me the most is Darnell Mooney. If Mooney is the leader in the clubhouse, then maybe it would be a sign that the deep passing game exceeded expectations. And if that’s the case, Bears fans would probably be over the moon.
• This collection of highlights doesn’t do Mooney’s rookie season full justice, in part because there were some yards and touchdowns left on the table because of misfires from the quarterback:
• Simply put: If someone like Mooney leads the team in touchdowns, I’d say it’s a safe bet that the passing game will have been better in 2021 than it was in 2020.
• Impressive. Most impressive:
— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 17, 2021
• Whichever NFL team signs Allen Robinson II to a multi-year deal will be getting a real one. Hope it’s the Bears.
• Keep ’em coming:
The @TheAthleticNFL's NFL 100 series continues with another Bears great.
My story on No. 85 Bulldog Turner: "He caused quite a stir when he came into the NFL in 1940 because his kind had never been seen before.”https://t.co/muf1m9cjME
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) July 16, 2021
• Golly, this is a lot of money:
JUST IN: NFL teams split $9.8 Billion in national revenue last year.
Each team received $309.2 million.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 16, 2021
• As a reminder, the global pandemic had an impact on the NFL’s financials last year. But also, let’s not confuse losses with revenue short fallings. The league and its teams made a bunch of money last year. It wasn’t as much as original projections were forecasting before the pandemic took a firm grip around the United States. But receiving $9.8 billion in national revenue shows that it wasn’t a total loss.
• Ted Ginn Jr. is calling it a career after a darn solid 14-year career. Ginn, the 9th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, plays 62 offensive snaps with the Bears in 2020. It turned out to be his final stop as a pro. And while he didn’t produce much in Chicago, the career highlights reel is legit:
• Back off, Metropolitans:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) July 17, 2021
• In other trade buzz:
The Damian Lillard Trade Talk Is Picking Up Steamhttps://t.co/CV7j1k6QQc
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) July 16, 2021