Roast my fantasy team, I dare ya:
— Funky Cold Luda (@lcm1986) September 7, 2021
• Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy can stand atop the tallest building in city limits and proclaim Andy Dalton as QB1, but it won’t stop Sean McVay from prepping to see Justin Fields. Here is an expansion of the quote that piqued our interest yesterday, via NFL dot com’s Nick Shook:
“I think it would be naive for us not to prepare for them to be able to utilize him in some form or fashion. But Andy is a winning quarterback in this league. (He) does a great job. I really have seen a lot of film of Andy, even going back to when Jay Gruden was his (offensive) coordinator at Cincinnati. So, very familiar with what a really good quarterback he is. He does a great job, accurate, anticipation, recognizes the looks defensively, can straighten up protections.
“Andy Dalton’s a really good quarterback and he’ll be a great challenge. And then you see the ways that Justin (Fields) made a lot of plays going back to his career at Ohio State (and) what he showed in the preseason. So, I think you got to be ready for either or, but it’s going to be challenge, for sure.”
• Let’s translate some coach-speak. McVay knows Dalton is QB1, but doesn’t want to be caught with his pants down on the off-chance that Nagy has something up his sleeve with Fields. That McVay even considers this is as much of a tip of the cap to Nagy (who whipped out Santa’s Sleigh on national TV against McVay’s Rams in 2018) as it is to Fields (whose skills and ability McVay clearly respects). Don’t get it twisted. McVay still has love for Dalton. It’s just a preparation thing.
• In yesterday’s Bullets, we discussed the importance of building out a practice squad with usable depth. In that vein, Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander drives home the point of how important quality backups are for teams around the league. There are some positions where the Bears are better now than they were at this time last year. At least, from a depth standpoint. And I want to underscore this as a point of growth.
• Take running back for example. At least Pace won’t be diving deep to find usable RBs after signing Damien Williams and drafting Khalil Herbert. The safety depth is nice with DeAndre Houston-Carson and Deon Bush returning. Even after parting ways with Josh Woods, Chicago’s ILB depth with Alec Ogletree is nice. There are still questions at other positions, such as cornerback, receiver, and offensive tackle. So let’s not start mapping out a parade route. But a step in the right direction is never bad.
• The Tribune’s Dan Wiederer rolls out a list of Bears records that could be broken this year with a 17-game season. That Chicago has never e-e-e-ever had a 4,000-yard passer is a testament to how bad the franchise has been at evaluating, drafting, and developing players at the most important position.
• Along those lines, Jason Lieser (Sun-Times) highlights how Allen Robinson II could be a Bears WR record-holder by season’s end. As if we needed more reasons to pound the table for him to get an extension. 5
• You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been:
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) September 6, 2021
• This was bound to happen after adding former Bears stud corners in consecutive offseasons, then draft the son of a three-time Pro Bowler:
Broncos' secondary has gone from weakness to strength in '21.https://t.co/Jpz032HMIa
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 7, 2021
• PFF notes Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson has the toughest strength of schedule at his position. Keep note of that as you head into your fantasy drafts.
• One of the coolest plays I saw this weekend while watching college football:
Still unsure of how Kyle Hamilton did this
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 7, 2021
• The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman re-shared his list of college football freaks, which is a good bookmark to circle back to when you’ve got eyes on prospects for the future.
• 12/10 – would give treats and belly rubs:
— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) September 7, 2021
• Pet supplies, a water flosser, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon. #ad
• Chicago Cubs prospects are opening eyes for the right reasons:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 7, 2021