In summary… our 2019 draft class is 🔥. pic.twitter.com/YKRxdz2Kd5
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 28, 2019
2019 will be a different year for me on Twitter.
No more insulting David Haugh’s inability to produce an interesting paragraph. No more attacking Pro Football Focus’ misinformed player grades. No more fights with Greg Gabriel, especially after he’s engaged his evening Tito’s and tonic.
Twitter brings out the worst instincts in me as a writer and person. And I’m just gonna go back to ten years ago when only booze did that.
With that states, here are my five rules for social media, sports department.
Games are emotional events. And social media is no place to be when your emotions are revvin’ to seven. You’ll argue about things that don’t necessitate argument. You’ll allow a run call on third-and-one in the first quarter to enrage you, not understanding it’s setting up a beautifully-designed, play-action screen in the fourth, two hours later. You’ll end up making ridiculous (and wrong) proclamations that become featured by @OldTakesExposed or some feed like that.
In-game commentary is commentary without perspective. Commentary without perspective is often, if not exclusively, useless.
…because you don’t know a lot.
I have watched all-but-one Chicago Bears game since 2001.
I watch more than 100 NFL games a season. Way more. Not a point of pride. Just a fact.
A lot of games I watch multiple times. Often with All-22 tape. Sometimes in slow motion. Because I wake up at 4 AM.
And I have no idea what constitutes good guard play. Sure, I can see it when Kyle Long pancakes a guy or pulls outside and makes an important block downfield. But down-for-down I don’t know the assignments and am completely incapable of evaluating overall performance. That doesn’t just go for guards. It goes for safeties too. And a lot of linebacker stuff. And interior DL. And a majority of folks on specials.
I don’t know. And you don’t either. Admitting that fact is comforting.
Here are some of the responses to both our Kareem Hunt pieces this week. The reactions were varied and interesting. I am interested to read what ya’ll think of the situation and will be pulling from the comments to this post to create a second response post.
As you note, there are lots of folks in the league who’ve just not been caught – just like society as a whole. If Pace & Nagy believe that they can mentor this young man, then I’m willing to give them that opportunity.
— Kris 🐻⬇️ (@KrisArmstrong1) January 24, 2019
Was he drunk? – Maybe. If alcohol gets him there, he needed to lay it off. Didn’t.
Is he simply a “violent guy”? – Maybe. Should have figured it out after his first couple of “incidents” & done something about it. Didn’t.
He already had a 2nd, 3rd, …chance. Didn’t help.
— 23kew92n (@23kew92n) January 24, 2019
In response to Emily…
Very well said. No.
— Megan M (@mkeggers7) January 24, 2019
I’m still thinking about that Bears win. They went in to a hostile environment with really nothing to gain and just beat the everloving shit out of a team with everything to gain.
— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) December 31, 2018
.@ChicagoBears @Mtrubisky10 played another error free game v @vikings who tried everything they could to knock him out and get into the playoffs. He was a 3rd down “Killa”. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/bJiLsrtjPZ
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) December 31, 2018
[Administrative Note: This is not the first time DBB has ventured down this road, with one of our most famous columns being the aptly-titled “The Joe Anderson Boner”. It’s a nice read to set the stage for today’s piece from Andrew.]
-Some guy on Twitter, re: Javon Wims
I could hardly believe it when someone on Twitter sent those words to @DaBearsBlog about any player during the fourth quarter of the Hall of Fame game. But there it was. And Javon Wims, in that moment, became a camp darling. Some proclaimed Wims a seventh-round steal. Others actually said they’d rather have him than Kevin White, now and for the foreseeable future. Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns praised Wims on their weekly podcast and openly wondered if White should make the team.
Let’s rewind a bit.
• First of all, Wims dropped to the seventh round for a reason. I took a look at the ten receivers who were drafted before him and only two had fewer collegiate receptions and none posted worse athletic scores. He was praised as the leading receiver on one of the best teams in the nation but he only caught 47 passes.
• Secondly, he wasn’t having a good camp. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying to you or they don’t know what they’re watching. Don’t believe me? According to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, wide receivers coach Mike Furrey said Wims had “struggled for a couple weeks.”
Mitchell Trubisky (right) sneaks into Bears rookie camp for a quick glimpse. pic.twitter.com/ehdd54Wzs7
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) May 12, 2018
Two thoughts on this:
Only 3 QBs in last 30 years have won games completing 4 or fewer passes: Weinke (4), Tebow (2), Trubisky (4).
John Fox was HC all 3 times.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) October 24, 2017