Super Bowl LVIII is Here! And Other Bears Bullets

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I’m emptying my notebook for this morning’s installment of Bears Bullets. Enjoy!

  • The biggest story on Super Bowl Sunday has nothing to do with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, or the whereabouts of Taylor Swift’s jet — and everything to do with the Chicago Bears:
  • As soon as the Super Bowl is over, what the Bears will do at the quarterback position is going to be *THE* story of the offseason. Not just here, but in all NFL circles. Brace yourselves, friends. The controlled chaos that is the 2024 NFL offseason is coming. But first, let’s just enjoy the last football game we’ll get until August.
  • One of my favorite post-Super Bowl traditions is making myself a huge dinner as a treat for a job well-done covering the year that was in the NFL. And because I’ve been craving penne alla vodka, I’m going to lean on this recipe from my friend Jim to get it right without leaving the house to get quality pasta.
  • The New York Post Sports front always brings its A-game:
  • Do you remember when the New York Jets were among the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl? Well, that lasted all of four snaps before Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury. Since then, the Jets have been a mess. Reporting from The Athletic’s Dianna Russini and Zack Rosenblatt shed light on a messy and convoluted situation out in the Meadowlands. And owner Woody Johnson has had just about enough of the shenanigans:
  • “The discussions I’ve had in the last couple of months, they’ve seen me about as mad as I can be with what was going on, with the offense particularly,” Johnson said, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “We have all this talent, and we have to deploy talent properly. So I think they all got the message. This is it. This is the time to go. We’ve got to produce this year.”

  • What is it with Aaron Rodgers that brings out the worst in things? It’s stuff like this that makes me wish he never would’ve left Green Bay. Rodgers could’ve brought the Packers down from within! Sigh. I guess the Bears have to beat Jordan Love and friends.
  • As for THIS YEAR’S Super Bowl, there is still time to participate in our poll:
  • I love this quote from NFL analyst Ross Tucker: “The 49ers could be a really likable team if they would just stop complaining all the time. (Awful Announcing)
  • Don’t get it twisted. I’ve got nothing but respect and admiration for what the Niners do on the field. And I have to show some love for a team that does something my favorite team can’t seem to ever do — which is beat the Green Bay Packers in the most soul-crushing ways possible. But Ross is right. This team always has an axe to grind and it is an annoyance. It’s not even just a this year thing. Remember how much the 49ers would constantly bring up finishing runner-up in the Khalil Mack sweepstakes?
  • Full disclosure: I’m also mildly annoyed that they continue to get fortuitous bounces at the quarterback position. This franchise passed on Patrick Mahomes to draft defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and then traded for Jimmy Garoppolo months later. Then they made Jimmy G the highest-paid player in the NFL (briefly). This team risked it all for Trey Lance, who made it just two years on his rookie contract before being sent away to the Cowboys in a trade. And now they’re one win away from hoisting the Lombardi trophy with Brock Purdy as their quarterback. I wonder what it’s like to be God’s favorite?
  • It sounds like Chase Young is just soaking it all in at Super Bowl week. When pressed about questions about his time with the Commanders and the deadline deal that sent him to San Fran, Young declined comment. Young’s production has been subpar since the trade, but he gets the last laugh. Some guys get all the breaks. And by “some guys” … I mean Niners GM John Lynch.
  • There will be chatter about Chase Young and the Bears. In fact, that buzz has already begun making the rounds. Maybe a reunion with Montez Sweat makes sense, but I’m not sure I’d be comfortable doing something beyond a one-year deal. Young is a niice player, but the free-agent edge defender group looks pretty loaded and the Bears will have options. In other words, I don’t want to be hyper-focused on him as a Bears option.
  • Sigh. I miss Vegas so much:
  • I can’t help but think that the Washington Commanders smear campaign after being spurned by Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson is a bad look. For all the guff the Bears get (and much of it, rightfully so) for not being a great QB environment, the Commanders don’t look like the type of stable organization that will successfully usher in a rookie signal caller with how they’re handling this bit of adversity.
  • OMG WUT?
  • That NFL owners are upset about the 49ers getting compensatory draft picks because they are hiring minority candidates who climb the ranks and get hired away by other teams is very telling — and for all the wrong reasons. No one is stopping other NFL teams from being more inclusive with hiring coaching and front-office candidates. And there is nothing stopping franchises from following that blueprint. Want more draft picks? Widen your hiring nets. Otherwise, cram it.
  • I love that the Four Horsemen will be represented win the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
  • Our friends at 4For4 have some plays for The Big Game.
  • This is nice and wholesome:
  • It doesn’t matter to me how you feel about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. All I know is that the sports world is better when fandom is shared with friends and family. And as the commercial suggests, there are fathers and daughters bonding over football that might not have done so had it not been for this stroke of chance. As someone whose love for baseball is rooted in the strong relationships I had with my baseball-loving mother and grandmother, I vibe with this.
  • Our friends at BN Bulls had to cover another infuriating loss.
  • Over at BN’s Cubs department, Brett asks a question that’s been on my mind — What About Jordan Montgomery?
  • Hockey nuggets:
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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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