I’m headed back to Chicago after a wonderful dinner and a terribly disappointing basketball game featuring my alma mater.
But all’s well that ends well when you can make an awesome purchase on the way home:
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) February 9, 2018
Let the record show we are long overdue for a remix.
- I suppose, at some point, we had to re-visit the painful season the Bears’ wide receivers put forth in 2017. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune does the dirty work in his latest roster analysis piece discussing the state of the position group that needs the most improvement if 2018 is going to be a productive season. Nothing underscores the need for upgrades at the receiver position than knowing that all but one receiver had fewer catches than rookie running back Tarik Cohen in 2017. Remember, Cohen played on just 36.4 percent of the team’s total offensive snaps.
- Free agent cornerback David Amerson was scheduled to meet with the Bears on Wednesday and Kyle Crabbs of FanRag Sports sees Chicago as one of the three best fits for the former Oakland Raiders standout. Crabbs concludes that the Bears could use some more length in their secondary, which is something Amerson (6-1, 205 pounds, 32-5/8 inches in arm length) brings to the table. Even if the Bears were to add Amerson to the mix, though, I wouldn’t suspect the team to be done adding to that group. After Marcus Cooper’s disappointing year and the pending free agent status of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara, the Bears could look to shore up the defense on the outside.
- GM Ryan Pace could dip into the draft and address concerns in the secondary. NFL.com’s Chad Reuter produces a three-round mock draft in which the Bears select Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the eighth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Ward has been mocked to the Bears a few times throughout the season and is a fit, especially considering he would be the latest in a line of Buckeyes corners to make the leap to the NFL. If he has the kind of impact fellow OSU product Marshon Lattimore had as a rookie, then watch out!
- Reuter uses the Bears’ second-round pick to address a need at wide receiver by selecting Memphis’ Anthony Miller. Reuter’s second-round mock has a handful of players who have previously been deemed as first-round talents, such as Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, LSU edge defender Arden Key, and Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis. The Bears don’t have a third-round pick (as of right now) and that’s kind of a bummer. But if it’s any consolation, remember they picked up an additional fourth-round pick by trading with the Arizona Cardinals last year.
- The Bears come awfully close to snagging stud Notre Dame lineman Quenton Nelson, but Reuter has him coming off the board one pick before the team goes on the clock with Tampa Bay taking Nelson. Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edwards went ninth to San Francisco, while Calvin Ridley (13th, Washington) and Courtland Sutton (16th Baltimore) are the top two receivers projected to be taken.
- When a three-time Pro Bowler suggests looking up a top prospect’s film, you don’t ask questions and just do it:
It’s amazing to me that the only clips I see on my timeline of “football gurus” of Q Nelson are his blitz pick up. His awareness… dude has about 30 YouTube minutes worth of great blocking.. it’s starting to look like that clippers y’all loved from Clowney
— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) February 9, 2018
- The Minnesota Vikings (officially) plucked one of the NFL’s hottest coaching candidates when they added John DeFilippo to the staff to be the team’s offensive coordinator, but could be on the verge of losing a different top assistant. Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports Vikings Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Stefanski will get a promotion one way or another in 2018. Now that DeFilippo’s hiring is official, it appears that promotion will come in the form of a move to the New York Giants to become Pat Shurmur’s OC. It will be a well-earned step up for Stefanski, whose work with Case Keenum and Sam Bradford was pretty impressive in the grand scheme of things.
- Matt Patricia is keeping with the status quo on the offensive side of the ball, deciding to keep Jim Bob Cooter as the Detroit Lions’ offensive cootdinator. “I respect him, I respect what he does,” Patricia said of Cooter, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “For me, there was no real reason to make a change if I don’t think a change is necessary.” The Lions also hired Paul Pasqualoni as the defensive coordinator, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he coached the Bears’ defensive line in 2014.