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  1. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    We’re paying our slot corner $6M and he was pretty solid last year. I don’t see them pushing Skrine to the bench. I also don’t want to see Roquan covering conventional WRs lined up in the slot very often. I’m all for him covering any TE in football but just in our division Adams, Thielen and Golladay all play in the slot quite a bit. I don’t want to see Roquan covering any of them at any point. That’s a huge mismatch in favor of our opponents.
  2. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    A big portion of our nickel looks are 4-man fronts, and we are in nickel like 65% of the time.
  3. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    Everyone who lives in the city - hope you’re staying safe.
  4. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    Mrs. AZ would strongly disagree with you.
  5. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    Not gonna lie I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a #conviction thrown in here. That said, @Bowler1215 I echo Windy’s sentiments here to you.
  6. Does more need to be done?

    Presumed sarcasm noted. I mean, I guess he might be “totally fine” for a few games but I see zero reason to have confidence in that and it’s totally unnecessary to risk the downside given the cost and availability of other options. Let’s not kid ourselves either - if Montgomery were to get injured in week 3 or so and be on the shelf for 3+ weeks there is zero question that Pace would add another RB to the roster right away, and it’s highly likely that guy would see consequential snaps nearly right away over Nall. That being the case it’d be dumb not to just bring that guy in now and have him ready to take those reps starting even during the game in which the hypothetical injury occurs.
  7. Does more need to be done?

    For the 8 total games he wasn’t on the practice squad in 2 years, Nall has had more tackles (3) than carries (2), with both of those carries coming against the Viking reserves in week 17. Other than that he’s had a bunch of preseason looks against the camp bodies still in the game in the 2nd half in the preseason games. Being comfortable with that guy getting real reps at all, even for only a few games, is way too hope and a prayerish to me, especially when the lack of a viable running game would mean overreliance on Mitch or Foles.
  8. Does more need to be done?

    Exactly. We need a guy who can handle starter level reps physically in case the need arises. Cohen isn’t equipped to handle 15-20 touches a week and nobody else we have is capable of doing so at an NFL level. That experienced former NFL starting level RBs are available to be added to fill that role is a fortuitous circumstance of which we should take advantage. Look at it this way - if Montgomery were to be hurt is anyone really more comfortable with Patterson (who isn’t a RB) or Ryan Nall (who isn’t an NFL caliber RB) getting a significant amount of reps over any of the several options available to us right now in FA that have been discussed?
  9. Does more need to be done?

    Not only has he been injured the last few years but his production as a rusher last year was well down. Not exactly in a high leverage spot.
  10. Does more need to be done?

    When adding vet RB depth came up a week or so ago in another thread I said that I put Freeman and Miller as co-first options for us IMO, and I stand by that. Both would fill our need. Freeman seems to want pretty significant money for what on our team would be a clear #2 RB role and I don’t see that happening here. Whether you think the vet RB’s role should be a true backup to Montgomery vs. a timeshare (I do) is a different discussion, but it certainly appears that’d be the role for us, with that being even smaller here than similar roles elsewhere because Cohen will also factor in. Assuming health I’d expect any vet backup we sign to get a workload only slightly more in volume than that of Mike Davis last year. I think it’s going to be pretty much a break glass in case of emergency kind of situation. Given as much, I’m expecting a vet backup to be more like Spencer Ware or Bilal Powell. Less interesting for sure, but capable of filling that role adequately and on the cheap.
  11. Does more need to be done?

    Miller is a capable receiver too. He has 203 receptions the past 6 years.
  12. Does more need to be done?

    Gotta be money. Saw on Rotoworld his agent posturing that he’d sit out 2020 if he doesn’t get a deal like what he wants. Guy hasn’t stayed healthy for 3 years and was underwhelming last year when he was. Sitting out 2020 would probably mean ending his career. My guess is he’s going to wait to sign until someone significant gets hurt in preseason.
  13. Random Thoughts - Quarantine Edition

    The Athletic’s article by Dan Pompei documenting all of what Kyle Long went through to get on the field was pretty damn revealing. Jesus Christ, man. Respect.
  14. Bears to decline Trub's 5th year option

    My point with the part you bolded is that every QB has “Bad [Insert name here]” games over the course of the season. Mitch had a lot of them last year and that needs to not happen, but if he wins the job and then one happens in week 1 or 2 what good is it going to do to freak the **** out and start calling for his head? If there’s going to be mass hysteria every time our QB isn’t great, which by the way is the M.O. for this fan base, then nothing will ever be good enough. He certainly doesn’t get the whole year in 2020 to play it out if subpar performances are as frequent as in 2019 but if Mitch isn’t immediately and always really good starting the second he hits the field in 2020 people will be ready to get rid of him. Nobody can ever meet that standard. If he wins the job then he has to get at least some margin for error, but you know as well as I do that for the vast majority of fans that won’t be the case. Why would we force it upon him as a fan base to be afraid to make any mistakes knowing where that road leads? That **** is just dumb, and yet we continue to do it with QB after QB after QB. We booed Mitch off the field in the first quarter of week 1 last year coming off a 12-win season. Week one! Don’t think for a second that stuff doesn’t matter.
  15. Bears to decline Trub's 5th year option

    So we’d be getting 2013-2015 Cutler? With our defense that probably puts us in the playoffs at least 2 of those 3 years with a realistic chance to beat anyone, so I’m probably not upset with it, but it’s not exactly blowing my skirt up either.