Only eight more Sundays until the Chicago Bears’ season gets underway, and only 53 days until the NFL season kicks off, and the folks at ESPN Stats and Info have a big number for you:
53 days until NFL season: 53 is the combined age of Sean McVay (31) and Jared Goff (22). McVay is the youngest head coach in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/2LLUulK9Hx
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 16, 2017
The Bears won’t get a look at the Rams this season, but the Sean McVay-Jared Goff coach-quarterback relationship will likely be the NFL’s youngest for the forseeable future.
- There is always a lot to dive into when Brandon Marshall is behind a microphone. The latest comes from an interview done with WEEI-FM in Boston, and Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune digs into a handful of Bears-related comments. He had praise for new Jets quarterback Josh McCown, a quarterback he played with in Chicago who he says is “really savvy.” Marshall also talked about being “put in a box” by Bears fans, specifically the ones who would tell him “stick to football” when he commented on something other than football on social media. However, Marshall offers up something new, saying he felt bad for talking former Bears teammate Matt Forte into signing with the Jets instead of the Patriots because he would have a Super Bowl ring by now had he chosen New England. Whoops.
- And it’s not as if Forte and Marshall always saw eye-to-eye. Forte, while still a member of the Bears in 2015, called out Marshall (who was in his first year with the Jets) for comments he made about quarterback Jay Cutler. Forte’s clap-back led to Marshall not speaking to his former teammate for several months.
- As for running backs who are currently on the Bears’ roster, Larry Mayer takes a look at a crowded group in his preseason position preview. Jordan Howard in the lead role gets a bulk of the attention, but the bubbling battle for roster spots below him on the depth chart shouldn’t be overlooked. This running backs room has a mix of experienced special teamers (Ka’Deem Carey, Benny Cunningham), rookies (Tarik Cohen, Joel Bouganon, Freddie Stevenson), and young players who have spent time as starters (Jeremy Langford, Michael Burton).
- Over in Detroit, Tim Twentyman notes that Cornelius Washington – a sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2013 – is starting to find a niche in the Lions’ defense. Washington never found steady footing in the 3-4 scheme ran by the Bears, but looks to be finding a home as a pass rusher from the defensive tackle spot in Detroit’s 4-3 scheme.
- Richard Sherman raised some eyebrows with his comments about NFL players needing to be willing to take a different stance on long-term extensions in order to maximize how much salary they make. In a sense, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has done just that during his year-to-year run leveraging the franchise tag in his favor. Bucky Brooks details each step in the process, which could make Cousins up to $78 million in guaranteed money if all three franchise tags are picked up.
- Johnny Manziel isn’t a franchise quarterback, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is still trying to make one last push toward NFL stardom. Manziel has embarked on a comeback season campaign, saying he has talked to several NFL teams about making a return to football. To his credit, Manziel has maintained a low profile recently, but he hasn’t played since 2015, and was dealt a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy – a suspension he didn’t serve as he sat out the year as a free agent after the Browns released him.
- Take some time and get to know Terri Valenti, the NFL’s first female replay official in the booth. Valenti’s hire is part of a new look at the top of the NFL’s officiating tree. Dean Blandino stepped down as the head of officials, making way for Alberto Riverton’s promotion. The league will also see some relaxation on touchdown celebration penalties as part of its offseason of change.