The Daboll Show, Boger’s Bunch, Bengals Wait Ends, Harbaugh Watch Begins, and Other Bears Bullets

Any weekend you can introduce people to Harold’s Chicken for the first time is a good one.

•   Joe Burrow and the Bengals picked up a playoff win against a Raiders team that overcame so much just to get to that point. And while the Bengals beating the Raiders reminds me that the Bears beat both teams this year, the story of Wild Card Weekend’s opening salvo was Brian Daboll and the Buffalo Bills offense.

•   Last night summed up in one tweet:

•   It truly was the Brian Daboll Show: 47 points, 482 yards of offense, touchdowns on every possession until the game-ending kneel-down, no punts or field goals, pure domination. It was almost as if Daboll told QB Josh Allen “I need you to put me on.” It was a thorough dismantling of the Patriots. And it was a game in which the Bills sent a message that hopefully came through loud and clear over at Halas Hall.

•   I’ve had my reservations about Daboll. But that offense doing those things on a big stage gave me everything I was hoping to see. Not just in terms of yards and points, but also when it comes to scheme. Every play felt like it was ran with a purpose. Each series was seemingly built on plays that were working together in chorus. That is what a modern offense should look like.

•   For me, the biggest takeaway is that Daboll’s offense made the adjustments I wasn’t sure he’d be able to make from the last time the Pats and Bills were playing in Buffalo. And I think this tweet from ESPN’s Mina Kimes captures it:

•   Indeed! Adaptability is a desirable trait. Especially after four years of trying to make “fetch” happen with a system that was spinning its wheels for the most part.

•   There is no way I was the only one thinking this last night:

•   This isn’t to say Justin Fields will be Josh Allen. Buffalo’s quarterback is a unicorn. But Fields has loud tools and impressive athleticism. And while there isn’t a direct comp between Dawson Knox and Cole Kmet, it sure was nice to see a tight end use their frame in the end zone and secure touchdown catches.

•   Yeah, I was definitely not alone:

•   Brian Daboll might not need to bring a résumé to that Bears interview. Just show up with game tape from last night’s game.

•   And if that fails, just show Bill Polian, George McCaskey, and the rest of the gang these tweet:

•   Imagine building an offense around the players. What a concept:

•   The Bears really tried to tuck away that they interviewed a Packers coordinator and a former Lions coach around 9 p.m. CT on a Saturday like folks weren’t going to see it:

•   Patrick explored Nathaniel Hackett’s candidacy earlier in the week. And on Saturday, we were discussing Jim Caldwell as someone expecting an interview at some point. GM Candidate Monti Ossenfort is someone new to our scene, so we’ll dig into him later.

•   Speaking of Bears coach candidate, it was interesting to see ESPN’s Adam Schefter walking back his earlier tweet pinning Miami’s pursuit of Deshaun Watson on former coach Brian Flores:

•   PFT’s Mike Florio has some “inside baseball” perspective on how things like this happen.

•   I almost regret joking with my friends “it’s a Jerome Boger game, something weird is gonna happen” before that Bengals-Raiders game:

•   Thankfully, that crew won’t be working again this postseason. (ESPN)

•   With the Raiders’ elimination from the postseason being officially official, we’re on Jim Harbaugh watch. The Raiders connections are real and impossible to ignore. As is the reality that Harbaugh is using interest from Vegas (and possibly, Chicago) to leverage a pay raise from Michigan after taking a pay cut last year. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating situation to watch because the trickle-down effect could impact the Bears at some point or another. Stay tuned.

•   Can’t wait to have a feeling like this at Soldier Field, because I don’t have 31 years to waste:

 

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•   Thank goodness!

•   Some pretty nifty scoring:

 

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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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