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  1. It was tongue in cheek, more a comment about Bears culture where the team will jump to pay 19M for a MLB but won't pay 18M for the best WR we've had in years. And many fans cheer this on while at the same time bemoaning that this franchise never develops a QB.
  2. While I agree that the CB unit is bad, I think the upside exists for a better grade than a 1. If we're going to rate the OT group a 2 based on the promise of Jenkins, then I think a CB group with even more demonstrated NFL performance deserves at least that. Basically this defense revolves around the front 7 and generating pressure. They'll be OK against the run. If Mack, Hicks, et al. can cause havoc, then they have enough opportunistic players in the secondary to capitalize. If not, this secondary is going to get roasted.
  3. He's grading for 2021. It's extremely likely that Fields will be a below average QB in 2021. That's assuming he plays at all.
  4. We won't have any WRs for our young QB to throw to, but at least we'll have an expensive MLB to go with the rest of our expensive defense.
  5. We replaced one of the worst linemen in the NFL and got back our feature RB… But other than that the personnel was the same... The offense Nagy reverted to wasn’t even possible in week 10 unless you like the idea of giving 30 carries to Cordarelle Patterson. If tailoring the offense to Mitch was such a success, why did the same offense immediately fail against teams that weren’t awful? Why did they score a combined 25 points in the 2 most important games of the season?
  6. False dichotomy. They were one of the worst defenses. The Bears didn't score against them in week 10 for a number of reasons, including injuries, coaching, and poor play from several players. Same defense allowed 52 and 35 points in the last 2 weeks of the season.
  7. Pace is a good talent evaluator. His problem is that he too often gets caught chasing individual problems and seems to lack a more cohesive long-term plan. My biggest concern is that Pace gets too attached to the idea of winning with the core he built around Hicks, Jackson, and Mack and fails to pivot towards a team built around Fields. There are competing timelines in the Bears' plan and IMO the best course of action is to sacrifice the current core to build for 2-3 years from now.
  8. No doubt. Foles, Nagy, Coward, Montgomery's injury, Minnesota dominating the Time of Possession. Several factors contributed. I'm just doubtful of the narrative that "When we finally played to Trubisky's strengths, he excelled." We ran the same offense in a meaningful game against Green Bay and the offense reverted to garbage. I think it's far more likely that we excelled against a bunch of bad teams with nothing left to play for.
  9. I remember Montgomery being out in week 10 against a Vikings team that still had something to play for.
  10. I agree with this. There simply aren't many returnable kickoffs anymore. I'm more concerned that Herbert must replace Patterson on coverage units. The Bears must also replace him as a versatile gadget player. I'm guessing Goodwin is the logical choice.
  11. I made a post about this a few months back. As far as I can tell, these are the reasons to extend him now: Get out in front of potential extensions for Fred Warner and Darius Leonard that set the market. Preserve the relationship with Smith and his agent. Creates a strong message about the organization's commitment to developing and paying draftees.
  12. Bears can’t tag him next year, no way. Not with Mack’s cap number exploding to 30M and all the recent extensions finally hitting the cap. They’d be looking for guys at Portillo’s to fill out the roster.
  13. Either that or playing the worst defenses in the NFL…
  14. You still keep all 4 on game day - Montgomery, Williams, Cohen, and Herbert all have roles. You gain some depth in pure RBs but lose Patterson's versatility.
  15. Only problem with Herbert is you're now keeping 4 RBs on the game-day roster. All for a guy who serves no purpose other than returning kicks.
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