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Rivera Is Still Learning, Improving Trubisky’s Field Vision, The Draft, Spatula Hands, and Other Bullets

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Do I sense a bit of gamesmanship between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears?


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The Saints are in the market for running back depth after trading Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals, who immediately stepped in and won the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week award. But surely it wouldn’t hurt to get an advanced scouting report on quarterback Mitch Trubisky two weeks ahead of the team’s matchup against the Bears.

I’m not saying, I’m just saying …

If you’ll recall, the Bears parted ways with Carey in September before the regular season opener after he was sidelined with a wrist injury. The team doesn’t necessarily miss him in the running game, where Jordan Howard has run for the fifth most yards and Tarik Cohen has proven a valuable #2; however, you can make the case the special teams unit misses his presence.

  • Seven years into his head coaching career, Ron Rivera is still learning as he goes. He might be 57-44-1 with three playoff appearances and a NFC Championship under his belt, but it’s how he’s managed the sort of things that don’t go in the record books that really stick out, for example: Handling the post John Fox rebuild (in Carolina … you didn’t fast-forward a few years), aiding in the development of Cam Newton, and scheming for a top-flight defense that has dealt with its fair share of departures, to name a few.
  • And to that last point, Sunday’s matchup could turn out to be a defensive struggle between a pair of defensive-minded head coaches.

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  • Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks dropped the nickname Spatula Hands on Adrian Amos, who played nearly 2,000 snaps before coming up with his first interception. Amos has been a solid starter for the Bears since being drafted in 2015, but you could argue his best performance has come this season since replacing Quintin Demps in the starting lineup. Amos’ 87.7 grade ranks sixth among NFL safeties. Not bad for a guy who played just one snap in the first two weeks.

  • Unfortunately, injuries can always derail things and deliver an unexpected matchup. One player whose injury status is worth keeping tabs on for the Panthers is all-world linebacker Luke Keuchly, who was held out of practice drills on Tuesday as he deals with a head/neck injury while in concussion protocol. Keuchly is one of the league’s best linebackers who is an impact player in defending the run and pass. If he’s on the field, he’s the first player quarterback Mitch Trubisky should be accounting for on every play.

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  • Trubisky dropped from 21st to 26th in Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar’s weekly quarterback rankings. Farrar writes that Trubisky missed too many open opportunities when given a clean pocket and time to read the defense. Thus, improving Trubisky’s field vision should be a top priority for the rookie and his coaches moving forward. As he gets better at going through his reads and progressions, the Bears could unleash a less risk-averse game plan.
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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.