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ATM: Trubisky, Pace Could Put Bears Atop NFC North With Big Off-Season

| February 22nd, 2018

In twelve months we could be talking about the Bears as the kingpin of the NFC North, as long as General Manager Ryan Pace pushes the right buttons and quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a big step in the seven months leading up the 2018 season.

It seems crazy to suggest the team that has finished last in the division the last four seasons could win it next year. But 12 months ago it would’ve been crazy to suggest the Rams could win the NFC West or that the Eagles could win the Super Bowl. The Bears have talent on their roster, they just need two of the three most important men in their organization to deliver.

A lot of credit has been given to the coaching staffs of the Eagles and the Rams –  deservedly so – but their quarterbacks took a leap largely because of their off-season work away from the organization. Both had personal quarterback coaches who helped them hone their fundamentals, an area Trubisky needed a lot of improvement in last year.

A new coaching staff and offense could help Trubisky, but he needs to improve his footwork if he’s ever going to be a great starting quarterback. He seems to understand that because he has already spent time this off-season working with Jared Goff and coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux at 3DQB.

NFL rules have changed so that coaches don’t get anywhere near as much contact with players as they used to. That is largely why you haven’t seen as many quarterbacks actually develop in the last decade. The coaching staff can help make reads easier for Trubisky as he continues to learn how to read NFL defenses, but NFL coaches don’t have time to refine mechanics anymore. It’ll be up to the young QB to do that on his own time and, based on all character reports, he will.

Of course what will help Trubisky more than anything is better pass catchers. Really, that’s the one area in which Pace must focus. If he can get that position to even an acceptable level and Trubisky makes the necessary improvements personally, you’ll see the Bears offense take off.

The other aspect of this is that, while talented, the NFC North is fragile right now.

Because of their defense, the Vikings should be solid, but they have some major issues on offense. I think it’s highly unlikely that they’ll get anything close to the performances they got at quarterback or offensive coordinator last season.

  • I wouldn’t bet on Case Keenum repeating his 2017 performance and who knows what to make of Teddy Bridgewater at this point? Maybe they can sign Kirk Cousins, but he seems likely to go to the highest bidder.
  • New OC John DeFilippo might be a great offensive coordinator, but he wasn’t great with the Browns and I don’t see how anyone could be better than Pat Shurmur was last year.

The Packers have long been the big dogs in the North, but they have a new GM and a head coach who is essentially in a make or break year. Maybe those don’t matter if they have Aaron Rodgers, but Rodgers is going to turn 35 next year and, outside of an amazing six-game stretch at the end of 2016, he really hasn’t been what he once was. Even if he is great again, they have major questions on defense.

The Lions just fired one of the most successful coaches in the history of their franchise — seriously. They were stuck in purgatory and had to make a move, but I don’t think it’s anywhere close to a given that Matt Patricia is going to be a good head coach.

If Pace got it right at quarterback and head coach, the Bears are going to be sitting pretty for the foreseeable future. Those are two huge question marks, but outside of those, I don’t think the Bears have any more than the rest of the teams in the division.

It really isn’t unrealistic to think that if Trubisky can make the same kind of improvement Goff and Carson Wentz did and if Pace can improve the rest of the roster the way the Rams and Eagles did that the Bears could be competitive.

But, there’s a lot of work to be done before we get to that point.

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  • SC Dave

    The Bears have a lot of holes to fill before I can imagine them finishing first in the division.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      18-0!!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Nagy strokes out before the season opener … they bring in Ditka …..he cancels the bye week and makes the offense go against the defense full contact. Wins Lombardi.

        • SC Dave

          Ditka would be an absolutely horrible choice to coach the Bears. Among the worst of things that could possibly happen.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            How bout a balding twerp who is very successful in the Canadian league?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Braverman’s already coaching?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I don’t think I like you anymore.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Yes you do.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          not sure whose dementia is worse, yours or Ditka’s

          • Scharfinator

            LOL

        • CanadaBear

          I know you’re half-joking but ESPN didn’t get rid of Ditka because he’s too controversial. They got rid of him because he’s a very old man and was starting to show it. His voice has weakened and he sounds just like every other old guy pushing 80 (he will be 79 in October).

          • Bob Schoenle

            Ditka is a Trump supporter which is why he was let go. Conservatives are not tolerated on ESPN!

          • catfish44

            bobbi, how’s that rapture working out? lol.

          • Bob Schoenle

            I am glad that you remain aware of it happening and hoping you are alive to witness it.

          • catfish44

            bullshit bobbi. i saw you state last year on another bears site that the rapture was coming october 2017 and you were going to miss the rest of the bears season. lolololol. so, how did it go bobbi? you back down here on a weekend pass from heaven? christians are hilarious. you fools believe in the most ridiculous ilrrational BS you’ve just never grown up bobbi. lmao. lolololololololol. that will never be a rapture because there is no god, no heaven.

          • BearDown100393

            Farting and snoring on the air.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I saw him a while back. He had a beard and looked suddenly very old.

            But he’d make medicine sick, so ….

      • leftcoastdave

        Hey! You’re stepping on my line!

    • Big Mike

      They have a lot of money to fill them. The OL will be fine. You watch. Big Mike making the call. 🙂

      • leftcoastdave

        Yesterday’s thread had nothing over Napa Valley after cutting Sitton. I’m with you that the O line will again become one of the strengths of the team and Jordan Howard will be one of the chief beneficiaries of the spread with a tremendous “learned up, coached up” line. Look at the numbers ND put up on the ground with a sub-par QB using much RPO. Develop that with the Biscuit and Jordan Howard behind an intelligent line and yards will be gained.

        • SC Dave

          Yes, and the Soldier Field turf will be lauded worldwide as the finest professional playing surface.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Hallowed ground.

        • Big Mike

          Here’s how I look at the cut of a guy like Sitton. It’s great news. Hear me out. It means the Bears’ brass is CONFIDENT, they can improve that position for less money. The opposite would be hanging on to him until he broke down and being out 8+ million. Who do you like making that call? Sports talk radio guys? Guys on the blog here, Jeff? No. I like the OL Coach, O-Coordinator and Pace making that call.

          • leftcoastdave

            “But (whine, whine, whine), shoulda, coulda, woulda . . . “

          • SC Dave

            Does it?

          • Big Mike

            They aren’t trying to get worse..

          • willbest

            But $8 million against the cap isn’t as big a deal as it used to be. And it means even less with a dirt cheap QB contract for the next 3 years.

          • Big Mike

            Get over it. They passed on Sitton. They think they have better options. They didn’t just wake up and say let’s get rid of a guy we can’t replace so we suck more.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            “We had to burn the bridge to save it.”

            I’ll drink the Kool-Aid.

            I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be Diet Kool-Aid with Aspartame.
            (like Glennon)

            But there must be a plan with Hiestand as O-line coach.

      • SC Dave

        Lots of money does not mean they will find talent.

        • Big Mike

          No of course not, but it means they are in position to. So I’m saying they go out and get it right. 9-10 wins. Team nobody wants to play. Bears are coming back. Kool Aid time for Big Mike.

          • SC Dave

            Kool Aid is fine, Mike. There is just such a long way to go.

            My biggest hope is the Howard is every bit as good as I think he will be, and Pace is smart enough to extend him by midseason.

          • Big Mike

            Can’t look at it that way. A long way to go was Trestman. Old, slow, bloated roster.

          • Has Pace extended anyone midseason?

      • willbest

        Every team has a lot of money though.

        • Big Mike

          But we’re the BEARS and it’s our time. And it is not exactly true that every team has a lot of money. https://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/ 21 teams have less cap space than the Bears. Plus this doesn’t take into account that we’ve got $20 million of Glennon. I don’t think any team has that sort of hit, with 1 player who they know is absolutely going to get cut. In the North, the Vikings have about the same cap space, but they have no QBs under contract. Bradford, Bridgewater or Keenum someone needs to get paid. Bradford is likely cut, he’s a $22 million cap savings, but keenum or bridgewater or whoever are going to cost a pretty penny. They will allocate a far bigger share of their cap to signing their FAs than we will to ours (theirs are better). The Lions are in a pretty good position, and the Packers are basically broke.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Brent Celek and Vinnie Curry might be cap casualties on the Eagles. Jason Peters will get cut, but he’s 36.

          • Big Mike

            There are likely going to be quite a few players on the market that aren’t there now. What we don’t want is old. We’re building this thing for a 5-10 year window.

        • It’s like 90s Russia. I have a million rubles! Awesome. Get in line to buy you a slice of bread.

      • BearDown100393

        And that is based on blind faith optimism.

        Time will tell.

  • That Guy

    There are a lot of “ifs” in this piece.

    IF Trubisky takes the next (big) step. IF Pace gets Trubisky someone to throw to. IF the Oline holds up. IF the new coaching staff implements a competent offense. IF the defense continues to develop. IF injuries aren’t as bad as in recent years.

    IF the Vikings can’t figure out their QB situation. IF Patricia can’t improve on Caldwell. IF Rodgers is stuck with mediocre talent around him again. IF the injury bug hits another NFCN team again this year.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Well, the offseason is the time for ifs, ands, and busts.

      At least the draft will be any day now.

      (looking it up)
      ….oh ****.

      • Big Mike

        Free Agency first.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          good point.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Frame 320. Back, and to the left.

      Oswald is behind him. Kick your physics teacher square in the nuts when you see them.

  • I don’t know about dominating the NFCN, which looks like a tough division for the next few years, but the Bears are definitely poised to take a big step forward, with one big IF in play there: Trubisky.

    IF Trubisky is gonna be a good QB, the Bears should spend most of the next 4 years (when he’s still cheap) being pretty darn good. 2018 will be a big year for just that reason. Year 2 is almost always when we see it show up for highly drafted QBs, as I said before the season last year. https://dabearsblog.com/2017/data-entry-trubisky-will-determine-next-five-years-for-bears

    • leftcoastdave

      I don’t agree that it is on Biscuit.

      It’s about the system. Yes, Biscuit will need to learn the reads as he did in NC. Yes, it is tougher now in the Big Leagues with scheming D’s.

      But this year he will have a staff learning up the O to a system with options on how to deal with the gaming happening on the other side of the ball with targets moving into areas designed to exploit the weaknesses created.

      There is no “me” in team. Even the “bad” receivers presently on the roster will rise with a 21st century offensive scheme.

      • BearDown100393

        Unless you are personally a member of the offensive coaching staff for the Bears, you have no idea what coaching will be deployed. Neither do you possess a crystal ball to know what “bad” receivers presently on the roster will do. Stay in your lane.

        • leftcoastdave

          “What coaching will be deployed.” What does that even mean? Do you mean what Nagy and his new OC will implement offensively? Well usually coaches do not change their philosophy and Nagy chose his OC for a reason. It was the way he played a wide open game at Oregon when he was their head coach.
          As to “bad” receivers presently on the roster. If there be such, I would assume that they will not make the cut unless Nagy decides that he wants to have a losing team.
          As to lanes, I have not bowled in many years Spanky.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Dave,

        Bad receivers cannot play good football. It’s not possible. The Bears currently have bad receivers. Lots of them. They cannot be schemed into success when they are not NFL caliber talent.

        If the Bears take the field next year without some combination of Meredith, and two guys currently on the roster as their top 3 receivers, then Pace has failed this off season. If they want to keep two or three of the current receivers for Special Teams and their #4-5 WR, that’ll be fine.

        We can talk about Guards, and LBs and DBs until we’re blue in the face. But he HAS to address the WR corps aggressively, If he doesn’t, the Trubisky pick and collateral picks that went with it, were a waste.

        • John F

          You must believe in the “magic scheme” that will solve all our problems and make Trubisky an all-pro.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I don’t believe in magic anything. The Bears defense was well above average. The running game was really good. The Bears were competitive in most all of their games including wins over playoff teams and pushing others like the Falcons and Vikings to the brink.

            They just spent a shitload on a QB. The worst position group in the organization is the WR corps. I’d like to see a return on the investment by giving the second overall pick in the draft somebody to throw the fucking ball to. Only then will we reap the reward. And that’s IF Trubisky is any good.

            It’s not magic. It’s common sense.

          • John F

            Do I need to put “/sarcasm” at the end of all my posts? I would think people know who I am by now.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I have taken to, and advise, labeling Sarcasm.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I guess I missed it. Apologies.

          • John F

            It’s kinda funny – I guess there are people here who would write what I did and really mean it.

            A lot of the optimism around here borders on the silly ………. given the actual results for the last 25 years.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I’m optimistic. It’s nice to have a young QB with tangibles. And it’s nice to see the Bears handle the coaching hire so well. Will it pay off? Who knows?

            But I’m not holding the last 25 years against Pace and the rest of the current Bears. It’s a clean slate. All new staff and roster.

            For my part, that better look like a competent football team this year. Pace had a giant mess to clean up. But he’s had some time. And now he’s got the two most important pieces of his choosing in place. It’s on him from here.

            Honeymoon’s over. The Bears should be a winning football team in 2018, or the Pace hire was wrong.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The last three years are all on Pace. We’ve been terrible. Appalling. It’s ALL on him now.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Of course it’s all in him. He’s the top dog. That said, I can’t imagine anybody with a sound mind expected anything good to immediately follow what Trestman and Emery did to the Bears. That wasn’t fixable in short order.

            He’s got his man now, on the field and on the sideline. Let’s see what happens. For me, 2018 has been the “prove it” season from the moment he drafted Trubisky.

          • leftcoastdave

            Yes, all the credit he should get. How many players remain? For that matter, how many remained in ’16? He turned it over quite nicely and is now sitting pretty with a very good D which can be made great and some great O weapons ready to be put to use as well as a pile of cash.
            Yup, it’s all on him and it is all good. A good young core to build upon.

          • leftcoastdave

            That picture next to your handle fits the tongue placed firmly in cheek and/or a sick mind. Either of which are refreshing.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Think about how much Glennon’s signing hamstrung us last season. 18M tied up on a guy we benched.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Yep. Glennon was a terrible mistake, mitigated only by the short shelf life of the contract.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Who’s bad?

          Kendall can start. Cam. Bellamy’s not bad.

          The jury is out on KW .. .Dontrelle may or may not help … Wheaton probably won’t.

          So a 6’5 draftee and a good FA signing would solve that problem.

          The OL is a shitstorm on Saturn.

          • leftcoastdave

            Agree on WR, not the O line. Add one player like Zach Fulton and it b jammin’. Watch Jordan Morgan step in like an all pro.

        • leftcoastdave

          Albert Wilson, definitely. KC connection, best quick release target available. Perhaps another tall target. Definitely draft a big guy like Irish is drooling for in the middle rounds.
          But I do not see it as such a daunting challenge with a more open scheme and receivers who at least know each others’ names with an off season together.
          Da Bears did not have that last year.

          Last year cannot be blamed on “bad receivers” as much as the lack of an offensive scheme.

          • leftcoastdave

            And add another receiving threat TE. Do that and this team has all the targets it needs.

  • chitownproud85

    Woo. That kool aid is getting stronger every off season. I want my share.

  • This is a great article providing some film study of FA WRs I identified who are good physical fits in the offense.

    https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2018/2/22/17023716/laymans-guide-chicago-bears-2018-free-agency-wide-receivers-robinson-moncrief-matthews-richardson

    • leftcoastdave

      I want to see da Bears target a guy in FA that this board will not like. Someone who has under performed. But someone who has under performed because he was in a bad system with a poor passing game. The kind of guy who wants to prove he is better than what he was given the chance to show on the field. A “let me prove it” kind of guy.

      • I think Jordan Matthews could fit that bill, at least in terms of underperforming in BUF. He did fine in PHI, which ran a similar offense to what CHI will now.

    • BenderMcLugh

      nicely Mr. Wood

    • BenderMcLugh

      Jordan Matthews & John Brown, think Pace could afford both?

    • Irish Sweetness

      There wasn’t a receiver listed I didn’t like.

      I’d throw in Martavis – who may be a headcase – but if we could swing a cheap headcase ….

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  • Bear Instincts
    • SC Dave

      Yes, JW cross posted that already.

  • Donneee

    Rodgers had a 104 rating in 2016 and a 106 through 5 games in 2017 before getting hurt. Not to mention (but I will) carrying the Packers to the NFCCG.

    But it was just a 6-game stretch.

    Sad.

    • Donneee

      Even more sad: IP banning somebody because they aren’t a bears honk like you idiots.

  • Donneee

    It’s not a given that Patricia will be a good coach but herp derp honk, Nagy can take us to the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!farts!!!!!!!!!!

  • willbest
    • leftcoastdave

      You are revealing where da Bears secret supply is located.

    • SC Dave

      “… the strongest of any other”

      *sigh*

  • Donneee

    Nagy can fix the Bears but nope, Petine can’t fix the Packers defense.

  • Donneee

    Will Trubisky be able to throw the ball to the left side of the field this year?

    • evantonio

      the left side is lava

  • Pontoon Titties

    Hundley > Trubiski

    • Kenny Dennis

      Chicken Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is that your wife?

  • Donneee

    Imagine being this big of a homer.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Shut the fuck up Donneee!

    • AfroCelt

      I know I know don’t feed the trolls.

      I live in WI. Biggest bunch of whiny spoiled homers you will ever see. “Whaaaaa! Our quarterback took a legal hit and how our season’s over!”

      In prior years a serious topic on sports radio was “is winning boring?”. I’ve been warning packers fans about the state of the team once Rodgers sunsets off…. they got a taste of the actual NFL last year and it wasn’t to their liking.

  • Donneee

    Is ‘ATM’ ass to mouth?

    • BearDown100393

      Yes. Ass to mouth. A.K.A. Aaron to Matthews.

  • Donneee

    Brett Hundley beat the Bears. Let that marinate for a moment.

    • Donneee

      Wow, the bears defense allowed Hundley to have a 110 rating. Brett Hundley. Wow, they’re just a quarterback developing away guys!

      • Donneee

        Hundley outplayed Trubisky. That stings.

    • leftcoastdave

      Nice trolling.

      Now find gainful employment.

      “Ignore.”

    • BearDown100393

      Yes he did.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Gonna kick your asses twice this year.

  • Donneee

    It’s easy to call something a troll when you don’t like the content.

  • willbest

    So cap is a bit wonky at the moment because there is a lot of money that will get cut in the next couple weeks. But right now, 22 teams have 20+ million, 8 teams have 50+ million, and 5 teams have 75+ million. Only the Dolphins and the Eagles at minus 8 and minus 6 million respectively have any sort of figuring out to do.

    The league is flush with cash because outside of top 10-15 talent nobody’s wages have kept pace with cap increases. So we are going to witness what we did last year. A bidding war for the top FA talents followed by some “value” contract settlements. I say “value” because the question is why isn’t their own team providing them with that money. For example, while Wheaton was a cap casualty in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals had room to pay for Cooper. Texans had room for Demps, etc.

    • This is why I’m skeptical about Pace FINALLY making his great FA debut. I think many fans look at our cap and say’ “great! Kaching. Ready to roll!” But when every other bidder in the auction has as much or more , just becomes a bidding war. And as we have all witnessed, Pace bows out of those, or FAs do it for him because they dont believe in him.

      I said it two yrs ago. In order for the Bears to attract talent Pace will have to overpay to the point of making us wince just a bit.

      If not, expect more 2nd , 3rd wave guys like Prince, Sims, Wheaton etc

      Hopefully a new staff entices some, tho i wouldnt count on that allure.

      As Moss infamously said, straight cash , homie

      • BearDown100393

        “because they don’t believe in him”
        Some did.
        Giraffe was all in.

        • Not like he had much choice.
          It was either us or maybe the Jets and even they werent as stupid as Pace there

      • Irish Sweetness

        I fully expect Pace to get fired at some point …. with a ton of cap space to our credit.

        He’s like a kid in a sweet shop with a 20 dollar bill and he just can’t make a decision. And then the shop closes.

      • SC Dave

        What bothers me more than overpaying for FAs is underpaying for guys on the roster already and ultimately losing them.

  • Donneee

    I don’t think any rational Packers fans complained about the hit. It was an unfortunate injury that allowed for something that the packers fans had wanted a while: the firing of capers.

    • BearDown100393

      Capers was fired. Let’s all hope for another big hit on Rodgers that puts him on IR. That should get Grimace fired. And then Green Bay can hire Fisher.

  • Donneee

    Y’all Vick’s delete posts?

    • Donneee

      Cucks

  • Donneee

    Did you know that Wood happily washes his wife’s panties? He said so himself.

  • SC Dave

    Oh gawd, the morons are back.

    • Sorry. Made the mistake of Tweeting out Andrew’s article.

      You would think that the context of “CAN” helps a little here (I phrased it as a best-case scenario), but whatever. Trolls gonna troll.

      As per usual, ignore them and they’ll get bored and go away.

      • CanadaBear

        There is so little interaction with them from the regs I’m surprised they keep coming back. What do they do for a living? Write scripts for Jerry Lewis movies?

        • BearDown100393

          Foreigners who get idiots elected

          • leftcoastdave

            Sad.

          • BearDown100393

            Neocon

        • I would like to know too.

          ” what are u going to do today, Igor – hit a bar, a club, get laid, sext that chick u like…go for a hike, concert, suishi…?”
          Igor, “nah. Gonna troll a Bear blog”

      • AlbertInTucson

        This one was blockable. No muss. No Fuss.

        • SC Dave

          Utterly. It took me all of 30 seconds to figure it out.

  • Kenny Dennis

    Massie is a wash, another year of Leno holding the edge, Kush is rehabbing a serious injury, Sitton is gone, Grasu is a bust, Long is done, and the backups are barely serviceable.

    So there’s Whitehair. Maybe Leno can hold the left edge again.

    Not good.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This.

      I think we’re in serious trouble on that line, but I won’t harp. I never felt Leno was anything other than a stopgap, and Massie isn’t a starter for me. Long is fucked. Sitton’s gone. And maybe Kush is okay. Morgan/Comption – I have no idea. Whitehair is good. I’d keep him, but no love for anyone else.

      A positive – good coaching might get a better tune out of them.

  • The biggest IF on that list is Trub.
    What worried me most about him is that he looked rattled and lost when blitzing, like Gabbert , Locker bad.

    That’s why all teams just kept sending them.

    Still, I’m certain Fox dumbfuckery had a lot to do w it too. He couldnt even figure out that the screen can counter blitzes till the last game.

    And none of the WRs could seperate vs man in those first 5 yds where hot routes need to , so Trub had to eat a lot of unecessary sacks.

    Hoping Nagy and some ugrades help him regain his poise and confidence.

    • BenderMcLugh

      a bit revisionist, Butch. He was much better in the pocket his last several games. I only hope he doesn’t regress in this area, and no indicators have shown he would.

      • He hung in and made laser throws on some. Then again, Locker and Gabbert had their moments too. The NFL saw what i saw. That’s why they kept blitzing. It’s not black and white. I just hope it’s not a fatal flaw.
        Some QBs just look poised with natural pocket presence and footwork like Montana, Dak, Wilson.

        Most tho need help and constant reps to refine

        • SC Dave

          If you want pocket presence and footwork, I cannot think of any better than Peyton Manning. It never ceased to astonish me how a 4 to 8 inch step could completely ruin some defender’s “certain” disruption like Manning could make happen.

  • John F

    If the Bears find:

    – three receivers (don’t count on Meredith coming back and White is done)
    – another tight end
    – a left guard
    – a right guard (Long won’t play more than 8 games next year)
    – a better right tackle
    – a veteran QB
    – an OLB (two would be better since Floyd will be hurt AGAIN)
    – an ILB
    – a younger left defensive end
    – two cornerbacks
    – a backup safety (for when Jackson breaks his leg again)
    – a kicker
    – a punter

    Then we are on our way to (hopefully) a .500 record. Until then, we will be a perennial doormat …….

  • John F

    Interesting article about Trubisky saying that he is a “franchise” QB:

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/mitchell-trubisky-already-established-himself-as-bears-franchise-saving-qb/

    I think the author cherry-picked a lot of things to support his case, but Trubisky believers will like it.

    • Pff rated Trub more highly than Watson? Dunno about that. I know Watson had more TOs but he was also winning a lot of games w not just his.

      I still would prefer Trub but Watson was in the ROY and even MVP debate before he went down. Bisquit was not.

      I do agree tho that Goff”s rook campaign was much worse than Biscuit’s, so hope abounds.

      Surprised about all his stats bumped up on 3rd down, tho that might be misleading.

      If it’s 3rd and long ( as it was many times) a lot of times the D will give u that underneath stuff.

      OTOH , the D can also t off on knowing what’s coming

      Agree about his zip and placement. That’s what impressed me most from his NC tape. Just gotta be more consistent but he can make throws the Daltons of the league simply can’t.

      • BerwynBomber

        PFF is a bit whacky. Wasn’t it a few years ago that Rodgers had some 23/35 MNF game for 4 TDs/0 INTs and 340 yards and they gave him a below average grade?

        I’d defer to PFF’s interior lineman/OL grades simply because they are about the only outfit doing it. Beyond that, I take them with a huge grain of salt.

        Bisky acquitted himself well as a rookie and he may end up being the better pro than Watson, but it is laughable to suggest the former played well as the latter this past year. Not close.

        • leftcoastdave

          Agree, but different style, different likely longevity, different system, if you call having training wheels put on being a system built for anything other than learning the basics and learning to read Ds.

        • Shhhh. If watson was better than that means….

          Ppl are tarded. Could be both.

          Watson, like RG3 had a great rook season.
          But the arc wont last.
          Disapointed some cant contain both truths

      • SC Dave

        I was disappointed at how inaccurate Trubisky was. I’m not optimistic about him, actually. The *only* time he looked good for a period as long as a whole quarter was in preseason against guys that are not in the NFL.

        • leftcoastdave

          Been working on his tap dancing in the off season. That should help.

      • willbest

        We will see how Watson does without his other knee

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        yes Watson won all those games….. 3-3… well maybe they were against real powerhouse teams….. shit maybe not.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          MVP! MVP! MVP!!!!

          • How much did glennon cost compared to Watson?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            A first round pick?

            And yet there the Texans sit at 4-12 picking ahead of the Bears. It’s all about wins around here isn’t it?

            Glennon sucked and was a big mistake. You’ll not get an argument from me in that one.

            But I am glad the Bears drafted a QB with a NFL body and two good ACLs.

        • Yes, god forbid we get a QB in the MVP convo his first yr.
          We all know the market.
          Read Lockers draft profile.

    • The headline there is massive clickbait, but IMO the article was pretty good. highlighted his strengths that he flashed first, then talked about weaknesses towards the bottom. Does a good job of showing film for each.

      A bit too rosy on Trubisky, IMO, but pretty good film breakdown.

  • AlbertInTucson

    USA defeats Canada in curling to advance to the Gold medal match!

    Here’s what I know about curling:

    It’s played on ice.

    That thing they slide is called a Stone.

    That’s it.

    That’s the list.

    • John F

      Isn’t it just bocce ball, but on ice?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I would be happy to answer that question.

        But, sadly, my list of Bocce Ball knowledge is no longer than my list of Curling knowledge.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I DO know this: Canada is not a happy place today.

          Curling is right up there with Hockey in popularity and their Womens’ Hockey team fell short of Gold last night at the hands of the USA.

        • leftcoastdave

          Something Old Farts can do. Check it out!

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      My favorite Olympic sport.

    • BuddhaJoe

      Curling is the only olympic sport I’ve watched this year. I like it and I honestly have no idea why.

      • SC Dave

        I think it is because:
        1) Scoring is objective and not a the whim of some judge (which, in my mind, puts all such judged events on the level of American Idol).
        2) We old bastards can imagine would could *still compete* in it.
        3) It’s simply cool.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I only watch the USA-Jap chick who was the first to do the triple Axel at the olympics. I can’t believe that took until 2018 to do, when Tonya Harding used to nail them all the time.

    • CanadaBear

      When I first moved to Canada I asked my brother-in-law about curling being on TV all the time. He said it was about like bowling in the US. I don’t watch bowling either!

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I don’t get the fascination with curling. Like watching paint dry.

        I like the alpine skiing events and the speedskating. The snowboard cross is a trip too.

        Not much into the XGames trick sport stuff. Not a fan of sports in which results are based entirely on judge’s scores. It’s like a dog show.

        • willbest

          biathlon is interesting. I think I would go like 1 of 5 with my heart going that fast.

          • BerwynBomber

            Agreed. I like the cross country events too. Forgot about those.

      • AlbertInTucson

        In my “Ute”, I used to watch PBA bowling on ABC with Chris Schenkel and Nelson Burton. Back in the days when Dick Webber, Billy Welu, Don Carter and Earl Anthony were some of the big names.

        • willbest

          I used to clean a bowling alley in my youth and one of the perks was unlimited free bowling. I had about a 230-240 average as a result. I could see myself joining a bowling league when the kids are gone. Right now I have all that PTA/little league stuff to occupy time.

          As for watching it though… its right along side of golf and virtually all women’s sports in the clicker down, book up category.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Bowled for a couple of years in a League.

            Haven’t picked up the bowling ball, which I still have, in decades.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I used to own the APBA PBA Bowling board game.

            Also their PGA Golf, Basketball, Football, Horse Racing and Baseball games.

            I still have the baseball game among a plethora of other board games I still own.

          • CanadaBear

            I carried a 175 avg in league play back in the day. Same as you, loved to bowl, watch it, not so much.

    • SC Dave

      It is *the* best event in the Winter Olympics to watch. Hands down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You knew about the ‘stone’, beat me.

    • willbest

      Its shuffle board on ice, where you are allowed to scratch the ice but not touch any of the other stones.

    • leftcoastdave

      Bocce Ball on ice.

  • Malice Halice

    Wideout is by far the most dire position of need.
    O-line: to many brittle and or undisciplined players in that unit.
    Linebackers: Floyd needs a decoy, Trevathan needs soldiers, Fangio needs a shot caller
    Veteran TE: Shaheen needs wisdom, we got nobody there. Maybe worse than our WR unit!
    Most money should go to HEADLINER WR, TE.
    Draft DB to keep the Fudge from getting a great prospect and also having a very young talented DB duo wit fuller n (?)

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t think we need a marquee WR in a WCO. Dinking and dunking? WE’re supposed to spread it around. Do we need to pay some stud to catch 5 yard outs 6 times a game?

      • Malice Halice

        Yea u right about that, Sanders all day in that case. We got some money to work with that’s for sure. I’ll throw my hat in the ring that we will fill that in FA. Just a few more weeks! I swear Football season is never over.

      • willbest

        Teams that don’t get called for holding like the Pack or Pat can dink and dunk. We need down field action even in a WCO to overcome the occasional 2nd and 20. or 1st and 15 or whatever.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Then Auden Tate can do that. For free.

  • Malice Halice

    How bout we trade for Marcus Peters? Keep Fuller n throw n em a 3rd if this year n 2nd of next? Too extreme?

    • Irish Sweetness

      For a first and maybe a second rounder? Uh uh.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So the Florida school shooting had an armed guard at the school for exactly that reason?

    Great.

    Shame they hired a coward who couldn’t bring himself to do his job and enter the building. Scot Peterson is the coward’s name.

    https://nypost.com/2018/02/22/sheriffs-officer-who-did-nothing-to-stop-florida-shooter-resigns/

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Prediction. That piece of shot hangs himself inside of a month.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        They currently have police officers stationed outside his house for his protection.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          Fuck that guy. He spends his whole life putting on a badge and collecting a check to protect people. When the moment of truth arrives, a moment when he could have actually prevented a child or children from being shot to death in front of their friends, he stands down. Fuck him.
          Teachers inside that building without firearms and training for protection did more than he did.

          • CanadaBear

            A lot more.

    • CanadaBear

      Security guard is a great job until you have to do something.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Unfortunately he was a Police Officer and not just a security guard.

        • CanadaBear

          Wow. He really is a coward.

          • Bear Instincts

            Don’t be a so quick to call him a coward. Being under gun fire is nothing to sneeze at.

  • ButtonShoes

    “In twelve months we could be talking about the Bears as the kingpin of the NFC North, as long as General Manager Ryan Pace pushes the right buttons and quarterback Mitch Trubisky takes a big step in the seven months leading up the 2018 season.”

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