Who’s Gonna Block? Moving Pockets, Mooney Birthday Magic, Impressing Drip Bayless, and Other Bears Bullets

My plans to see Lane Tech’s first playoff game since 2013 were sidetracked yesterday, but probably for the better after seeing they lost 37-0.

Hopefully, the Bears will pick up the slack and bring some football joy this weekend.

  • I’d love to see more Halloween content from the Bears’ official social channels. But we’re off to a good start:
  • Does anyone want to dress up like a starting right tackle? Just asking…
  • But seriously, who wants to start at right tackle on Sunday? The perks are legit. Signing up to be the Bears’ starting RT comes with a trip to Dallas, team gear (including a uniform with your name on it), one game check, and a chance to spend time with Justin Fields and Darnell Mooney in the huddle and locker room. But with great perks, come some real risks. For starters, being a starting right tackle means you’ll likely have to go one-on-one with The Undertaker Micah Parsons. And that isn’t the most fun task in the world. Parsons has 21 sacks, 29 tackles-for-loss, and 44 quarterback hits in 23 career games over the first two years as a pro. That makes him a certified game-wrecker. And someone Fields and the rest of the offense needs to be aware of tomorrow afternoon.
  • Speaking of Parsons, here is a Cowboys injury report update:
  • Micah Parsons being “questionable” means that the Bears should send at least two blockers in his direction (as opposed to the eleventy billion I would’ve suggested had he been at full strength).
  • Now that I’m thinking of it, there is no reason for Parsons to rush back from a shoulder injury. I’m no doctor. Nor do I play one on TV. But maybe he should rest up, give himself two weeks off (Dallas’ bye is next week), and be fully charged for a second half that features games against the Packers and Vikings right out of the off week.
  • As for who will be blocking Parsons, odds are that it’ll be Riley Reiff starting in place of Larry Borom, who was ruled out due to a concussion. Reiff is a veteran offensive lineman who was signed for this specific job — to be the wily vet with experience who can start in a pinch if spit hits the fan. Losing a decently well-performing offensive lineman counts as spit hitting the fan to me. But Reiff has played a grand total of 2 offensive snaps this season. But one of those was on this past Monday against the Patriots. Spin zone: Reiff is fresh and should be ready for action.
  • I’d like to see Alex Leatherwood get some work, but I’m not sure I’m ready (or willing) to give him the full boat of snaps. Not only is Leatherwood new to the Bears, but he also hasn’t had much practice time with the team because he is just coming off the non-football illness list. There is probably a ramp-up period the Bears need to consider before deploying him on a full-time basis. But in the end, isn’t that what we should be rooting for?
  • NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweets Leatherwood “should play this week” and I’m not sure if this is an educated guess, a dart throw, or something he has been told directly. Whatever it is, we’re watching with great interest.
  • The Bears took a flier on Leatherwood as a waiver claim with the hopes that a player with a high-end prospect pedigree would live up to his pre-draft billing with a change of scenery. With that in mind, Chicago’s decision-makers should proceed cautiously with his development. If I was making the call, I’d probably sneak Leatherwood into the game as an extra lineman in heavy sets. Let him be an extra road grater clearing the way for Fields, David Montgomery, and Khalil Herbert to rush the ball. Allow him to be extra protection in a pass set on occasion. If the Bears can platoon Lucas Patrick and Teven Jenkins for weeks, then they’re creative enough to ease Leatherwood into game action.
  • Would love to see more of these moving pockets (no matter who is lining up in the trenches):
  • I didn’t have this on my BINGO card this week:

  • If the Bears beat Skip Bayless’ beloved Cowboys, he needs to rock some Jordans with a Bears-themed colorway. Then he can truly be Drip Bayless.
  • This is my new favorite factoid:
  • In case you’re curious, the Bears aren’t scheduled to face Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars until 2024. It’ll be a home game for the Bears, who will likely still be at Soldier Field and not Arlington Heights just yet (I know you were thinking it!). By then, the Jags and Bears should be fully operational with their young quarterbacks. Those rosters should be stocked and primed for an epic showdown. No excuses.
  • Enjoying some Mooney Magic on his birthday:
  • I caught myself thinking about a potential Mooney extension after this season. After a slow start (11 targets, 4 catches, 27 receiving yards in 3 games), Mooney has rattled off a solid stretch of four games. Mooney’s last four: 28 targets, 16 catches, 267 yards. Still no touchdowns just yet. But Mooney being on a 17-game pace of 68 catches and 1,135 yards based on his last four games suggests the arrow is pointing up. To be clear, I’m not ready to dive into numbers just yet. But the time to extend Mooney is immediately after this season before another wave of bonkers deals wrecks the market.
  • For your listening pleasure:
  • Oh, boy. The Dodgers are going to be a thorn in the sides of fans everywhere this offseason, aren’t they?
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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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