QB1 chatter, Fields Enters GOAT Debate, Jaylon, Mongo, and Other Bears Bullets

My to-do list looks like a CVS receipt. So the sooner I get through Bears Bullets, the better off we’ll be.

  • ICYMI: I attended the QB1 Town Hall debate held by 670 The Score and shared a collection of thoughts from the event. Now that the dust has settled, I can say that I’m better for the experience. Smarter, too. Getting the perspectives of fans who want to keep Justin Fields or draft Caleb Williams without the toxicity of social media was fun. It felt good to have good-faith conversations with people who, at the end of the day, all want the same thing — a modern Bears Super Bowl title to celebrate.
  • With that being said, I regret not giving myself enough time to pitch my “trade the No. 1 pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for Justin Herbert so Jim Harbaugh could take and build around J.J. McCarthy” angle. Instead, I had a question about a food metaphor. Food and metaphors are two things I love individually, so of course I like it when they’re together.
  • For the record: I still consider myself QB agnostic until further notice. An agnostic person believes nothing is known or can be known, which sums up the experience of being a Bears fan searching for a QB. There are paths to success with Justin Fields, Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, and others. But because I don’t know which timeline we’re currently living in, I struggle to firmly say with confidence which decision is the right one.
  • We’ll dive into this more in a post later, but the Bears announced the final touches of Head Coach Matt Eberflus’ coaching staff.
  • From CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones: The Seattle Seahawks are hiring Justin Hinds as their new defensive line coach. Hinds was the Bears’ Assistant DL Coach in 2022 and 2023.
  • A conversation I had with a Bears fan reminded me why I like the offensive staff Matt Eberflus and Shane Waldron have built. Having a bunch of coaches from the same tree, speaking the same language, and sending one streamlined message will be easier on a quarterback’s development curve than the alternative. As I learned in the movie Drumline: “One band, one sound.”
  • If you’re not familiar with that movie or those words, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered:
  • I’m taking out my mythical crystal ball for the following predictions. I think we get clarity at the NFL Scouting Combine on the futures of Justin Fields, Caleb Williams, and the Bears’ general direction. If leveraged correctly, the Combine could solidify J.J. McCarthy’s place as a top-20 pick and maybe put him in the top-15. The rumor mill will be buzzing for Baker Mayfield and Kirk Cousins. And I think we’ll get some tag-adjacent news. These predictions are for entertainment only. After all, nothing can be made officially official on any trades or free agency agreements until March 13.
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  • All of a sudden, I understand where people were coming from when they were dissecting Justin Fields’ decision-making skills:
  • I can’t wait until the day someone invents sarcasm font.
  • Justin Fields’ explanation as to why he followed the Bears on Instagram was that he just wanted to get away from football. Never has this franchise had a quarterback I’ve related to more because I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve wanted to stop following the Bears as a fan because of the product they were putting in front of my face on a weekly basis.
  • A conversation with a friend sparked this thought: Justin Fields plays with a looseness only those that only the most committed can comprehend. Earlier, I said Fields plays with a reckless abandon that embodies this fan base. Couple that vibe with how free and easy Fields plays can help explain why his teammates love him and why there is a vocal segment of the fan base that wants to keep him around. Fields is a steady beat in the otherwise rhythmic composition of Chicago football.
  • This tweet puts some things into a new light:
  • The Rams released veteran offensive lineman Brian Allen. A Chicagoland product with Midwest ties, Allen was on our radar as a potential free agent target a few years ago before re-signing with Los Angeles. Injuries have kept him from playing to his full potential. Maybe there is an incentive-laden deal to be had for him in Chicago this offseason? Just a thought.
  • It’s almost lunch time for me and I don’t understand why Jaylon Johnson doesn’t have a contract extension:
  • A Mongo update from JP:
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  • Former White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is taking his talents to South Beach:
  • Connor Bedard is sick with it:
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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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