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- Good luck limiting Mitch Trubisky’s best plays to just 10 in 2018:
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- Cleaning up some loose ends from the NFL’s owners meetings, Bob LeGere of Pro Football Weekly highlights some storylines from a Bears perspective featuring key talking points from Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace. While everything done this offseason has been to help aid Trubisky’s development, the Bears still plan on running the ball and using their top two running backs – Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. “They’re different backs, obviously,” Nagy said. “They’re both really good at what they do. (As) we’re designing plays, we’re going to do what fits them best. We don’t want to put them in bad situations, and if we do, then that’s our fault.”
- Refreshing words from the Bears’ head coach. The Bears’ old offense came under criticism from Howard earlier this offseason, while there were many opinions regarding the team’s misuse of Cohen – most notably from the player he is most often compared to in Darren Sproles.
- Over at The Athletic, Dan Durkin takes a look at what Nagy’s playbook might look like and how West Coast and Spread concepts could be used in Chicago. These are some pretty neat looks and different than what the Bears were running last year. On the surface, it looks like an offense that will highlight Trubisky’s strengths while minimizing risk and not putting Trubisky in a position where his weaknesses can be exploited. Of course, it all looks good when Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce are running the show. But the concepts are strikingly different than what was called last season.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes about the faith the Bears are putting in Vic Fangio to keep the defense on the right path. Signing edge rusher Aaron Lynch is the latest show of faith in Fangio from the organization. Lynch had a breakout rookie season as a middle-round pick under Fangio in 2014 with the San Francisco 49ers and played well in a similar system, albeit run by Jim Tomsula. Lynch’s production dipped significantly when moved into a role as a 4-3 defensive end, hence, his departure from San Francisco and reunion with Fangio in Chicago. After watching Fox and Fangio work in tandem the last three years, I’m curious to see what things will look like now that Fangio has full control of the defense. I imagine things might look similar to the naked eye, but perhaps we’ll see some additional wrinkles in 2018.
- Over at Pro Football Rumors, Micah Powell asks which NFL team was the biggest winner in free agency and puts it up to a poll. We have our biases, but the Bears make a very strong case for being the biggest winner in what was an active free agency period around the league. When it comes to Powell’s poll, the Bears go up against some pretty stiff competition in the Browns, Buccaneers, Rams, Vikings, and the ever-dangerous “Other.”
- Former Bears safety Craig Steltz is suing the NFL for brain injuries suffered during his playing career, writes Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In the lawsuit, Steltz claims to suffer “from symptoms of brain injury caused by the repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts” that were suffered during games and/or practices. Steltz was a fourth-round pick out of LSU in 2008 and played 77 games over the span of six seasons with the Bears from 2008 until 2013. He was let go by the team in August 2014.