Minor Roster Moves, Bryce Young Helps the Bears in the Sugar Bowl, and Other Bears Bullets

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Minor Roster Moves, Bryce Young Helps the Bears in the Sugar Bowl, and Other Bears Bullets

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Welcome to 2023, everyone. I hope last night was as festive as you hoped and that everyone is waking up safe this morning. We ring in 2023 with some Bears football in just a few hours, so get your snacks ready!

  • Let’s start with some housekeeping items this morning. The Bears elevated linebacker DeMarquis Gates and cornerback Greg Stroman Jr. to the active roster for today’s game against the Detroit Lions.
  • A couple of notes from yesterday’s Sugar Bowl matchup between Alabama and Kansas St., starting with Bryce Young, who likely played in his final college football game and did a helluva job beefing up that draft stock with five touchdowns on 15-of-21 passing with 321 yards as Alabama rolled K-State.
  • Young was already the consensus top pick, at least if the Texans land the No. 1 spot when these final two weeks shake out. Still, his performance on Saturday might have a handful of teams ready to ring Ryan Poles and pay a premium for the right to move to No. 1 and draft Young if the Bears end up with the No. 1 pick.
  • We talked a little bit about this during the week, but the Bears getting that No. 1 pick will bring back a haul. There are a bunch of quarterback needy teams who spent Saturday watching Bryce Young make plays that they need on their team. The No.1 pick and a move back trade looks better now than it did this morning, and that’s a win for the Bears.
  • Whether or not the Bears land the No. 1 pick or not, they’re likely going to be in a position to land a generational talent on the defensive line in either Alabama’s Will Anderson or Georgia’s Jalen Carter. Check out Will Anderson’s pass rush forcing an interception throw in yesterday’s Sugar Bowl:
  • We’ve got some time to see how this shakes out, and even if the Texans win one of their next two, it’ll likely be next week when they take on the Colts. Regardless, the Bears are in a sweet spot right now.
  • One last note from the Bama-K-State game, an interesting point from Ian Rapoport:
  • Former Texans head coach Bill O’Brien’s Crimson Tide offense put up nearly 500 yards and averaged 9.0 yards per play in the Sugar Bowl. Will O’Brien’s time in Tuscaloosa earn him another shot at the NFL? O’Brien’s time in Houston didn’t end well, but we’ve seen the failed NFL head coach returns to the college ranks to dominate and revamp his resume end in another NFL look a bazillion times, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it again. We’ve already seen three NFL head coaches canned, and we still have two weeks to play. Just some food for thought for the time being.
  • Plenty of non-Bears action happening around the NFL today as well, and I put together some things for you to watch for today:
  • I also put together my top 10 Bears moments and storylines of 2022 if you missed that one on Saturday afternoon:
  • I don’t have much else for you here this morning, but we’ve got a Bears Rewind and Bears Pre-Gamin coming your way between now and kickoff.
  • #SuckHardforBedard is alive and well:
  • Any little bit helps at this point …

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.