Let Justin Cook, Jalen Carter Dominates, Fleecing the Lions? And Other Bears Bullets

Bears. Packers. Round 2.

Except I’m in Los Angeles.

This will still be fun, even if I’m not in the trenches as I was when I took the early season trip to Green Bay.

Let’s try and have some fun today (no matter where you are).

  • Here’s where I am when it comes to Bears quarterback Justin Fields playing today. On the one hand, I’m nervous. I’m not a doctor, but I’m not sure shoulder injuries fully heal as quickly as they did for Fields. But Fields giving consecutive full days of practice and being taken off the injury report Friday speaks volumes for the health of his shoulder. So while I’m nervous, I trust a player who said before the Jets game he wouldn’t risk further injury that he would feel that way going into this one. Maybe I’m naive.
  • Frankly, I appreciate that Fields wants to play. It is a testament to who he is and a sign of who he’ll be in the future. The Bears organization better not take it lightly that Fields is being a full-go during Packers Week just one week after feeling uncomfortable making practice throws. This one is a keeper.
  • It made me chuckle to think of the reaction of the other 52 guys in the locker room had the Bears essentially said “Justin is healthy enough, but he is so important to the future that we’re going to sit him out.” Imagine the message that would send across a locker room of players who are playing through their own injuries. Want to lose a locker room? That would be one way of doing it.
  • The meatball in me is looking forward to an up-and-coming Fields taking on Aaron Rodgers as the big baddie one last time. We’ve been waiting for years to see the Bears put up a quarterback who could duel Rodgers in a shootout. Is today the day it happens?
  • Sigh. My dirty little secret dream scenario is Fields shredding the Packers on the ground and through the air, but the Bears maintaining their draft positioning in the oddest way possible. Maybe something like a PAT gone wrong because it is fumbled by the holder and returned by Green Bay for two points to secure a win. Something like that would keep the Bears sitting pretty with the No. 2 spot while also possibly knocking the Packers out of the top 10. Win-win?
  • No matter where the Bears are drafting, I think they should consider drafting Georgia’s Jalen Carter after seeing this:
  • And suddenly, I’m dreaming of a defense with Carter and Daron Payne (or one of the other beefy defensive tackles the Bears can splurge on this offseason) establishing a new-look defensive line for Head Coach Matt Eberflus and Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams next season.
  • I can’t front. This intrigues me:
  • Is this outrageous? It sure is! HOWEVA, it isn’t wholly unrealistic. If you consider that the Lions would be trading up to take a quarterback that the Bears would face twice a year, there is going to be some sort of intra-division tax that Detroit should have to pay for the juice worth the squeeze for Chicago. Would you give the Lions a shot at drafting their franchise quarterback if it meant that the Bears could re-build this thing into a fully operational battle station? I’d consider it, but I’d need some major convincing.
  • Of course Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur believes his former pupil (and current Bears play caller) Luke Getsy will be a head coach one day:
  • It wouldn’t surprise me if Getsy was a serious head coaching candidate this year. He received interviews last year, but nothing came to fruition. And while it seems like it would be far-fetched to hire an offensive coordinator with just one year of play-calling experience, that is exactly what the Packers did when they hired LaFleur to replace Mike McCarthy. It isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, but it is a comp in which we’re still discussing delicious snack fruits.
  • It’s different here:
  • My mother was an ardent supporter of JDRF, so you know I’m loving these cleats:
  • College football is fun:
  • Looking for a quick and easy game-day snack? My friend Jim’s Instant Pot Chex Mix is a delightful treat.
  • Let the Winter Meetings BEGIN:
  • These NBA teams are circling like vultures:
  • Do I like the idea of the Bulls rebuilding again? Not really, no. Am I enamored with the idea of the Bulls lucking into drafting Victor Wembanyama? I’d be cool with that. But the Bulls currently have a 37.2% chance of their first-round pick not conveying to the Magic and only a 9.0% shot at getting the first overall pick. Tank jobs are cool. But it is more realistic that the Bulls don’t end up with their own first-round pick than it is that they do. Han Solo taught me to never tell me the odds. But I don’t think the Bulls have Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, or R2-D2 at their disposal. Chewie in the post would be a menace, though.
  • Chicago’s hockey team is back in the win column:
  • written by

    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.

    more bears news

    New OL Shuffle, Fields Update, Rodgers Speaks, Taylor Swift and NFL Schedules, and Other Bears Bullets

    Allergies are really kicking my butt this week. Anyone else having that issue? It can't be just me... Sure, Russell Wilson has the inside track on being the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting at quarterback. But former Chicago Bears signal caller Justin...

    Around the NFL: Must-Watch Games, Early OTA Impressions, Dolphins Training Camp Plans, More

    Must-watch games, early OTA impressions, and the Dolphin's plans for training camp. That and more in today's NFL Notes. Must Watch NFL Games in 2024 The Athletic's staff put together a list of every team's most watchable matchup this season....

    Vic Fangio Got Sniped By One of His Ex-Players

    Vic Fangio is one of the most revered assistant coaches in football. Chicago Bears fans hold Fangio in high regards because of his time with the team from 2015-18. Fangio was the Bears' defensive coordinator under two different head coaches...

    Justin Fields Says Bears GM Ryan Poles Did Right By Him in Trade Talks

    Back in February, Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Poles was still in the midst of choosing between a clean quarterback slate with Caleb Williams and running it back with Justin Fields. At the time, Poles said he was hoping for...

    First Projections For Bears Rookies Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze Are OUT

    The early projections for NFL rookie leaders are out, via ESPN's Mike Clay. And when it comes to the leaderboard for passing and receiving yards, Chicago Bears fans will see some familiar faces. Caleb Williams projects to re-write the Bears...

    Must-Read: How the Bears Got a Head Start on the Caleb Williams Development Plan

    It sure looks like the Caleb Williams developmental plan is ahead of schedule. The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke with coaches Matt Eberflus, Dan Quinn, and Jerod Mayo — whose teams took quarterbacks with the first three picks in the 2024 NFL...

    Dexter’s Time to Shine, Countdown to Football, Must-See Matchups, NIL to NFL? And Other Bears Bullets

    We have just 74 days until the Chicago Bears play a football game. There are 88 days until the Bears play a home game at Soldier Field. And only 112 days until the team opens its regular-season schedule. Gervon Dexter...

    Justin Jefferson Didn’t Show Up to Vikings OTAs Today

    Death. Taxes. And an NFL star with contract uncertainty not showing up for OTAs. Those are life's three guarantees. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson did not show up for the start of organized team activities, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter....

    WATCH: Tom Brady and Jay-Z Drop Knowledge on Caleb Williams and Other NFL Rookies

    The NFLPA's Rookie Premiere went down over the weekend. And while it was cool to see guys rookies like Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams in uniform for the first time, footage from the rookies' meeting with legendary quarterback Tom Brady...

    Bears Fans Have Beef With Ticket Price Hike, NFL Media Shakeup, Netflix and NFL Pact, and Other Bears Bullets

    Another round of Chicago Bears offseason training activities begins this week at Halas Hall. Cue up the Thin Lizzy! It was only a matter of time until Bears fans spoke up about this: https://twitter.com/suntimes_sports/status/1792313658262868267 Oof. Aggravating a fan base while...

    Latest News

    Miami Heat Mock Draft: Picks Result in 2 Potential Unique Role Players

    In the upcoming 2024 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat have two picks at their disposal: the 15th overall and 43rd overall picks. This Miami Heat Mock Draft focuses on adding the best player available while also considering their needs. With...

    Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Probable Starting Pitchers – May 22

    The Arizona Diamondbacks (23-26) visit the Los Angeles Dodgers (33-18) for a road game on Wednesday at 10:10 PM ET.The probable starters are Tyler Glasnow (6-2) for the Dodgers and Ryne Nelson (2-3) for the Diamondbacks.Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Pitcher Matchup...

    Athletics vs. Rockies Probable Starting Pitchers – May 22

    The Colorado Rockies (15-32) bring a four-game losing streak into a road matchup against the Oakland Athletics (20-30) at 9:40 PM ET on Wednesday.This contest's pitching matchup is set, as the Athletics will send Mitch Spence (3-2) to the mound,...

    Updated Top-50 Rankings Feature Three Cubs Prospects

    ESPN's Kiley McDaniel updated his top-50 prospect list to account for early season performances and scouting, as well as graduations. For the Chicago Cubs, that means Pete Crow-Armstrong is off the list (graduation), Jordan Wicks is off the list (McDaniel...

    Braves vs. Cubs Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Marcell Ozuna (14 games) will look to add to his hitting streak when the Atlanta Braves (27-18) and Chicago Cubs (27-22) meet Wednesday at 7:40 PM ET, live on BSSO from Wrigley Field. Ozuna and the Braves are favored by...

    Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Final Odds, Schedule, X-Factors, & Pick

    Not having a game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night was tough. The first two rounds were awesome with non-stop games night after night, but as we get further into the postseason and start to have nights without hockey,...

    New Orleans Pelicans Draft Picks: List of 2024 and Future Draft Selections

    The Pelicans were swept out of the first round in the 2024 NBA Playoffs by the Thunder after a rough stretch to end the season including an injury to Zion Williamson. Now, they move to the offseason and the draft....

    Don’t Look Now, but Lukas Reichel is Having A Really Good World Championship

    Lukas Reichel had what I think everyone, including him, would consider to be a disappointing 2023-24 NHL season. In what was supposed to be his first full season in the NHL, he produced only five goals and 11 assists in...

    Adbert Alzolay Went for a Second Opinion on His Forearm Injury

    [ankin_law] From a very happy post about the Chicago Cubs' bullpen to a more unhappy one. Adbert Alzolay, placed on the Injured List about 10 days ago because of a forearm issue, is now getting a second opinion from a...

    New OL Shuffle, Fields Update, Rodgers Speaks, Taylor Swift and NFL Schedules, and Other Bears Bullets

    Allergies are really kicking my butt this week. Anyone else having that issue? It can't be just me... Sure, Russell Wilson has the inside track on being the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting at quarterback. But former Chicago Bears signal caller Justin...

    more bears news