Juice and Monty, Second-Tier Shopping, Pace's New Gig, and Other Bears Bullets

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Juice and Monty, Second-Tier Shopping, Pace’s New Gig, and Other Bears Bullets

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There’s a DeMar DeRozan reference on this KYLE/Lil Yachty track that has been stuck in my head for about 12 hours now.

Happy Friday!

•   ICYMI: Former Bears GM Ryan Pace will serve in a senior executive role with an emphasis in scouting for the Falcons. I’m not surprised that Ryan Pace was able to land on his feet with a new job so quickly. But it is wild to me that Pace will be working alongside Phil Emery, the GM who left Pace a mess to inherit upon arrival in 2015. Those two being in the same vicinity might lead to some awkward conversations. Wouldn’t it be something to be sitting at a lunch table with those two?

•   Shifting focus from the front office to the field, I spent a chunk of time thinking about David Montgomery and the possibility of an extension. That we’re already discussing the framework of a potential deal makes me wonder if it is something that could be coming down the pipeline quicker than we might otherwise think. Extending a running back might not be the most popular first splash move move by this new front office. But it might be nice for the new guys to send a message that they’ll reward home-grown talent with new paper, even if said player wasn’t their hand-picked guy.

•   This can be like Season 3, Episode 11 of The Simpsons. For those who don’t know, the episode — titled Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk — features C. Montgomery Burns selling his nuclear power plant to two German businessmen. The Germans undergo a a thorough evaluation of the plant, which has everyone fearing for their jobs. But in an attempt to extend an olive branch, they offer to send the plant’s drunks on a six-week “drying out” in Hawaii before they return to their jobs at full pay. No, there isn’t an apples-to-apples comp applicable to the Bears. But I imagine Poles will be reaching out and giving players assurances and making good first impressions.

•   Teaming Montgomery with a different style of backfield partner could do wonders for the Bears offense:


•   Assuming Montgomery returns, the tandem of Montgomery and Khalil Herbert will be dynamic in 2022.

•   I’m not saying there will be a one-for-one comp between the Packers and Bears offenses. But I am hoping Luke Getsy was taking copious notes during his time in Green Bay. If he was, then maybe he’ll realize that striking a balance between giving Montgomery and Herbert could be beneficial. Seeing how Green Bay did with A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones could be inspirational.

•   Speaking of the Packers offense, this caught my eye:


•   Davante Adams absolutely got his in this game. He always does. Ten catches, 121 receiving yards, and two touchdowns is an impressive line, to be sure. And yet, I still love how Jaylon Johnson plays him. Tough. Physical. Competitive. Stud pass-catchers always get theirs. The game is geared for them to do so. But when #33 lines up opposite of you, he’ll make you earn every catch, yard, and score. I think Matt Eberflus and the rest of the defensive coaches will like what they see from Johnson.

•   After spending $16 million over the last two years for Jimmy Graham, I doubt the Bears will be spending too much at tight end this offseason. And while the new administration hasn’t made its feelings about Cole Kmet known, I can envision the team wanting to tweak the position. Maybe with something in the range of this Panthers deal with Ian Thomas:

•   Thomas’ contract is one that I can see the Bears doling out for a skill position player in a secondary tier of free agency. The Panthers tight end put up just 90 catches, 802 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns in 65 games over the last four years. But has the reputation of being a proficient run-blocker. Chicago could use a tight end who could chip in with help in that area.

•   A conversation about Bears needs for your listening pleasure:


•   NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer becoming a strong, vocal advocate for mental health has been one of the best developments of the last few years. This stuff isn’t easy to talk about in any circle, let alone the places Glazer ventures as a football expert. So, with that in mind, this is worth sharing:

•   On the other end of the insider spectrum is Adam Schefter, the ESPN news-breaker who is about to become a free agent. Ben Fischer (Sports Business Journal) reports Schefter has been approached by betting companies who are planning on launching digital platforms and are seeking an established name to lead the charge. PointsBet, which has an affiliation with NBC and could push Schefter into the network’s “Football Night in America” programming, is the latest to reach out.

•   And here come the prospects:

•   Mr. Fourth Quarter was at it again last night:


•   Oof! Would like some clarity here from the Hawks:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.