We’re Talking About Practice … And Other Bears Bullets

Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” is stuck in my head, in case you were curious about where my mind was today.

•   The Chicago Bears got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and have been sent to their room to think about what they’ve done. Chicago’s football team was stripped of Tuesday’s OTA practice for violating non-contact rules during its OTA practices in May. OPE! That feels like a second strike in terms of offseason missteps for the new Ryan Poles-Matt Eberflus regime, with the first being that Larry Ogunjobi saga (which likely cost the Bears the ability to make some other concurrent moves at the time). It is a tough look to see the Bears lose a day of on-field practice time. But maybe this presents an opportunity to do some more classroom work? This team could use all the work it can get.

•   Thinking through today’s news leaves me with a mix of feelings. On the one hand, rules are put in place for a reason. Player safety is still something the league tries to make an effort to show that it cares about. So, in that vein, the Bears violating the rules and serving a punishment is a deserving fate. Although, it’s not as if the penalty for this misdeed was overly harsh. Is missing one practice going to stop the Bears from line-stepping again? Will this stop another team from doing so? Or will it lead to teams finding new ways to circumvent the rules? I think we know the answer to these questions, so I’ll move on.

•   This kerfuffle also reminds me of when Matt Nagy said he wanted to “callous” the Bears during practices early in his coaching career. A year later, Nagy eased off the gas — which led to some significant pushback from fans and long-time NFL on-lookers. I can’t shake the feeling that Eberflus is essentially acting on what Nagy said he was going to do. So while this instance got him in hot water, I hope Eberflus goes about doing things Nagy said he was going to (but never did). Bonus points if it comes on the offensive side of the ball, which were were discussing here yesterday.

•   How’s this for a palate cleanser?

•   Just 96 days until Darnell Mooney does this to someone poor saps in the 49ers secondary:

•   What I wouldn’t give to get this Eddie Jackson for 17 games in 2022:

•   D.K. Metcalf is in the final year of his rookie contract. The Bears project to have $99,655,469 in available salary cap space next offseason. So, don’t mind me while I’m just throwing this out there…

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•   It is never too early to jot down some names for your prospect watch list:

•   Brian Gaine, who had some buzz as a fringe candidate to be the Bears’ GM before Ryan Poles got the gig, is getting a promotion from the Bills. Sam Robinson (Pro Football Rumors) shares Gaine is taking a step up the ladder and becoming Brandon Beane’s right-hand man as he snags the title of Assistant GM previously held by Joe Schoen.

•   There is still time to vote in this poll:

•   After skipping out on voluntary OTAs in his attempt for leverage to create a trade out of San Francisco, the expectation is that 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel will report to mandatory minicamp. (Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport)

•   I suppose one way to boost Jordan Love’s future trade value is by giving him all the practice reps that Aaron Rodgers won’t take:

•   This league continues to extend its global reach:

•   The rumor mill is spinning in Blackhawks land:

•   This one had the group chat buzzing last night:

•   And this one will, too. But for different reasons:

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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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