The plan for today is to do the stuff I have to do early in my day in order to do the stuff I want to do later. May the Force be with us all.
- Here is the saddest graph you’ll see today:
- The Packers can leap-frog the Bears as the NFL’s all-time winningest team in Week 2. Of this season. I’m heated. In July. About Bears-Packers. Only 71 days until kickoff on Sunday Night Football.
- Seriously, someone show this chart to the highest-ranking McCaskey who doesn’t have Saturday brunch plans and tell them to fix it. All of it.
- The mere thought of the Packers passing the Bears on the all-time wins chart is bothersome in isolation. But that they could do it this year, and perhaps in Week 2, against the Bears, *AT* Lambeau Field, and in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football is a gut-punch. And once you realize this all happened in a 30-year span, it puts into perspective how bad the Bears have at a time where the Packers were simultaneously good. Blergh.
- Well, this is certainly a choice:
- This is an important year for Bears running back David Montgomery. The rising fourth-year rusher is entering a contract year. And while there was time when it felt like a Montgomery extension was coming down the pipeline, nothing has come to fruition to this point. Seriously … what happened to those extension discussions? It’s not as if the Bears don’t have the flexibility to make it happen. OverTheCap.com estimates the Bears have $23,037,872 in wiggle room under the cap in 2022.. Only the Browns ($48,460,351) have more, per OTC’s calculations. And let’s not forget the Bears are $97,682,076 under next year’s projected cap. There’s money to spend, folks. So … do it wisely?
- Spending “wisely” and extending a running back probably don’t sync up in the minds of many football fans. But hear me out. Because, on the one hand, I can see the value in a short-term extension. Something that rewards the player for their efforts on a rookie-scale deal and pays them for what the team thinks the player can provide over the course of the deal. All while not handcuffing the team from making other signings. That isn’t too much to ask for — is it? Not every decision that is made needs to be rooted in a $/value calculation. But on the one hand, there shouldn’t be a rush to extend Montgomery at this point. After adding Darrynton Evans via waivers and Trestan Ebner through the NFL Draft, seeing how the running back puzzle fits with that duo (along with Montgomery and Khalil Herbert) should take precedence.
- It hurt to see no Bears cornerbacks ranking in the top-10, checking in among the honorable mentions, or getting votes from NFL executives, coaches, scouts, and players in ESPN’s preseason ranking project. Now, to be clear, I’m not surprised. The Bears secondary is still a work in progress. Jaylon Johnson has established himself as a solid starter, but still needs to hit another gear before he enters that top-10 discussion. Kyler Gordon has tremendous potential, but needs to show he can be a playmaker at the pro level. The Bears’ third starting corner might be a second-year player who was a Day 3 pick a year ago or a veteran looking to make good on a one-year “prove it” deal. Chicago’s secondary is fascinating, to be sure. It’s just not “good” just yet.
- I can’t front, though … Jaylon Johnson has had some moments. His rookie-year sizzle reel shows glimpses of big-time upside:
- At least Eddie Jackson gets some love among the safeties, landing among the safeties also receiving votes in ESPN’s polling. Spin zone: There are a lot of good safeties in football right now. And Jackson still has the potential to be among the best of the bunch. He hasn’t played to that potential in recent years, but perhaps new coaching staff, different scheme, and a clean slate will prove to be helpful in getting him back to the top.
- It sure would be nice to see the NFL’s best overall linebacker deployed on some more blitzes in 2022:
- There is still time to vote in these very important polls:
- Buy low, my friends:
- This meme is *SLAYING* me:
- The NFL is pretty much the complete opposite of this:
- One day, opposing fans will realize the boos make Javy Báez stronger:
- Marko Hours (Summer League Edition) are in full effect:
- This is a weird way to win a baseball game:
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