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Happy NFL Trade Deadline Day! And Other Bullets
October 31, 2018
I can’t believe I escaped yesterday without wishing Michael (and Bears tight end Trey Burton) a happy birthday. Hope you gents loved your present: a Bears win last Sunday. Perhaps another one this coming Sunday will make up for my gross oversight (Michael: You’re fired. I can’t actually do that, but if I could you’d be so fired.).
The NFL trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. CT, and while the Bears might not have the draft capital to pull off a major deal, Head Coach Matt Nagy hinted the team would be listening to offers. Based on recent history, I hope we’ve learned a lesson on counting out GM Ryan Pace’s ability to make a trade happen out of nowhere.
This is what the response is supposed to look like when the coach says it’s time to take over:
I can’t explain why but Mitch Trubisky’s simple “yes, sir” put a little smile on my face. That guy is just dialed in to playing football right now. Yes, I understand his accuracy hasn’t been quite there the last few games. And I know that Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are putting up crazy numbers. For as maddening as his misfires are, Trubisky still has this X-factor that makes him enjoyable when things go well – it’s inescapable.
Here’s a one-liner from ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson that should put a smile on the faces of Bears fans hoping that Trubisky can deliver: “Trubisky, who rushed for 51 yards, may not have the league’s strongest arm, but he can definitely make all the throws. Factor in Trubisky’s way-above-average scrambling ability, and the Bears can legitimately say that they have a quarterback with whom they can win.”
You know life is good when Tyreek Hill is giving you some love:
The Bills are a mess … and the timing couldn’t be better for the Bears. It’s a short week and Chicago just started to right the ship a bit with a win against the Jets. Stacking a second consecutive dub against an AFC East foe would be a delight.
Seriously, the Bears can’t afford to mess this up:
Your Buffalo Bills offense in October folks:
— 42 full possessions
— 37 total points
— 2 touchdowns
— 9 turnovers
If the Bears don’t hit Monday at 5-3, something has gone terribly wrong.
Buffalo could be without its best offensive player when Chicago arrives should the Bills decide to trade LeSean McCoy. That will only make running against the Bears that much more difficult. They’ve yet to allow a rushing touchdown in seven games. And you can see why here:
Impressive stuff when you can say you’re the only Bears team to ever go through the first eight weeks of the season and not cough up a rushing score. Sure, some of that has to do with the changes of how the game is played. Teams enter goal-to-go situations with options to use misdirection, passes, trickeration, and all sorts of gadgetry to get into the end zone these days. But still … it’s a sign of a strong rush defense with an even stronger will to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
Yesterday, we discussed Eddie Jackson’s penalty, the inconsistencies in the league’s enforcement of late hits, and how the ever-changing rules of the game can impact how players let their instincts dictate their reactions. With that in mind, I love that Jackson tweeted this:
To be a fly on the wall during the film study of that play would’ve been something. Because while I do understand why the penalty was called, I maintain that Jackson assuming the drop is something that could hurt him (and the team) at a later date. Defenders have played through the whistle since before I was a glimmer in my parents’ eyes, so it’s tough to imagine guys stopping on a dime when their momentum simply won’t allow them to do so. It’s science.
Speaking of science, we have a new finding from a local laboratory:
It was this time last year when we were trying to sort through the fallout of Zach Miller’s gruesome leg injury. I can’t wait to get to ready his story when he shares it with The Players’ Tribune in November:
One year ago today, @ChicagoBears‘ TE @ZMiller86 almost lost his leg in one of the most devastating knee injuries ever to happen on an NFL field.