What it Means to Get TV’s A-Team Broadcast, Trading Card Monsters, Rodgers, Feeney, and Other Bears Bullets

Because this tweet is popping off in the group chat, I’ve gotta know your Mount Rushmore of cartoon dogs:

I went with Scooby Doo, Poochie, Snoopy, and Suds McDuff. How about you?

  • It blows my mind to think about how we’re just 6 days from the NFL’s regular season kicking off and only 9 days away from the Bears launching into their Week 1 game against the Packers. We’re so close to Week 1 that I can smell it. And it kinda smells like encased meats on a grill now that it is on my mind.
  • The way things should be: Bears-Packers Week 1 will get FOX’s A-Team broadcast featuring Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen as the “Game of the Week” in that prime afternoon window. Meanwhile, Jeff Agrest (Sun-Times) takes a shot at what other broadcast teams Chicago’s football squad will get this year. They’ll certainly get the Al Michaels-Kirk Herbsteit team in Week 5 against the Commanders and the Joe Buck-Troy Aikman tandem for Monday Night Football in Week 12 against the Vikings. When it comes to broadcasters, it’s different strokes for different folks. But my hope is that the Bears get a decent dosage of Adam Amin and Joe Davis. Those guys call clean games (even if the games themselves are messy).
  • Something to root for when it comes to broadcasts: The more times you get a network’s “A” team, the more cameras and replay angles will be on our television sets. In other words, if a network thinks your team’s games are important, it will go all out to give you (the viewer) the best game-watching experience. Just keep that in mind before you roll your eyes at news of a particular broadcast crew coming to town.
  • There is a part of me that was surprised that the Bears swung a trade for Dan Feeney when Michael Schofield (who was on the team last year) was available as a free agent. As it turns out, Feeney was on the receiving end of a text from Schofield about what to expect when arriving in Chicago:
  • Some people will break down tape to tell you what they see in Justin Fields. I’d even go as far as to encourage you to check those folks out when you can (particularly Patrick’s latest at BN NFL). But sometimes, words will tell you so much. And that came to mind when reading the tweet above.
  • The concept that the playbook is a lot because Justin Fields can do a lot tells me so much about (1) the volume of plays at Luke Getsy’s disposal, (2) how much Getsy trusts Fields (because he wouldn’t give him a lot if he didn’t think he could handle it), and (3) how much Fields is able to take on now as opposed to at the start of last year. Plus, it reminds me to not put too much stock into white-bread play calling we saw in Preseason Week 3.
  • If I ever do a tweet like this, please see it for what it is — a desperate cry for help that should spring you to come to my aid IMMEDIATELY:
  • I like that Aaron Rodgers is no longer a problem the Bears have to deal with twice a year. And I suppose I can appreciate an elder millennial entering his hippie phase while simultaneously playing the toughest position in the most grueling sport. But I don’t ever want to like Aaron Rodgers. I feel as if having him on my fantasy team is as close as I can get, but even that is rooted in an emotional hedge.
  • For the trading card fans among you, the Bears are teaming up with Athlitacomics as they drop their third installment of the Monsters of the Midway collection. (ChicagoBears.com)
  • Love this message from the Bears. I hope it makes it to everyone who needs to see it:
  • The Bears are bringing back safety A.J. Thomas and putting him on the practice squad, tweets ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. I was hoping defensive end Terrell Lewis would snag a practice squad spot after he went unclaimed on the waiver wire (h/t RapSheet) following his release, but I’m not sure how plausible that would be. Chicago’s practice squad has three defensive linemen (Deslin Alexandre, Travis Bell, Jalen Harris) and one player (Daniel Hardy) who seems to be a hybrid linebacker/defensive end type. My belief that there is no such thing as having too many pass-rush options is a primary reason why I’d like to see Lewis return. But he might see the dearth of options ahead of him and not envision a clear path to the playing time he thought he was getting when he made the initial roster cut.
  • And to be clear, I’m not sure any of those depth options are better than Lewis. Or even Trevis Gipson (who signed with the Titans). But what was once a clear path to playing time has since been muddied by the Bears’ additions. Tough break. I liked Lewis’ motor this summer.
  • Who wants an opportunity to win some cash? Over at BN’s NFL wing, Matt Rooney has NFL futures plays that are worth digging into ahead of the season. Obligatory reminder to please wager responsibly and only do so with what you’re comfortable with playing. I’ll tell you what my mother told me before she took me to Vegas as a 21-year-old for the first time: “Bet what you can afford to lose y ni un centavo más.” Sound advice from a wonderful woman who I dearly miss.
  • Four games in three days against the Reds should be a doozy for these Cubs:
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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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