Aaron Rodgers is a long-standing nuisance who has been making life as a Chicago Bears fan quite difficult (to say the least) since the days Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman were manning the defense.
And if Rodgers has his way, it’s not coming to an end any time soon:
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) May 15, 2018
Rodgers is entering his age 35 season, and it doesn’t appear like he’s slowing down any time soon. Spotrac shared what a potential extension could look for the leader of the Packers offense, and it’s quite a pretty penny Green Bay will need to fork over:
NEW: A look at a potential contract for #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers that won’t make him the highest avg. paid player in football, but instead guarantees an unprecedented $105M at signing thru 2021. pic.twitter.com/Bn9XP1yHg7
— Spotrac (@spotrac) May 10, 2018
I think I speak on the behalf of the rest of the NFC North when I say: Go. Away.
- If Rodgers is going to be around for the next five years or so, then he can expect to see a lot of Roquan Smith. Over at BearsWire, Lorin Cox dives into some of Smith’s film and dissects how the rookie linebacker can be an impact playmaker against the run, pass, and as a pass rusher. Not that Rodgers will be intimidated by the All-American Butkus Award winner who the Bears chose with their first-round pick in 2018, but he should circle the name on his scouting report.
- Just the idea of the Bears challenging Rodgers with an intense defense warms my soul on a surprisingly cool and rainy spring day. Check this out: Chicago has allowed 25+ points against a Rodgers-led Packers offense in seven of its last eight games. Now that you know that, you won’t be surprised when I tell you the Bears have one win in those eight contests. Naturally, the one win came when they held Green Bay to 13 points in a 17-13 win on Thanksgiving in 2015.
- Perhaps the biggest misstep of the Phil Emery era was the idea of building up an offense to out-duel Rodgers in a shootout. The Bears invested gobs of money and assets onto the offensive side of the ball, but left a withering defense that was a shell of its former self out to dry against an all-time great signal caller in his prime. Even though Chicago overhauled its offense in the offseason, Pace’s Bears appear to have more balance when it comes to picking a battle with Rodgers moving forward. With the investments via the draft (Smith, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos, Leonard Floyd) or free agency (Prince Amukamara, Danny Trevathan, Akiem Hicks), there isn’t much of an argument to be made of the Bears ignoring one side of the ball to focus on the other.
- Keeping Rodgers off the field would be one way to limit what he can do offensively. After all, you can’t torch the secondary from the sidelines. Some love from left tackle Charles Leno Jr., whose skills blocking for the run and pass improved last season and could even get better under new position coach Harry Hiestand:
Bears LT Charles Leno Jr. on O-line coach Harry Hiestand: "We love Harry, let's just get that out of the way. Harry is a great coach. I saw what he did for guys that he coached in college and the guys that were before us here in Chicago. He's getting us better."
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) May 20, 2018
- Now, imagine Tarik Cohen darting through some expanded running lanes and eluding defenders thanks to otherworldly breakaway speed:
Tarik Cohen was a breakaway threat in 2017! pic.twitter.com/w3wBNaQWfw
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 21, 2018
- Anthony Miller might not be blessed with the kind of timed speed Cohen has, but his ability to pull away from defenders is not to be underestimated:
— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) May 21, 2018
- You know, maybe it will prove to be difficult for the Bears to be the surprise of the league if everyone keeps talking about them in such a glowing manner. Let’s add Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus to the pile, as he lists Chicago as one of five teams who could be a surprise Wild Card contender. McGuinness cites an overhauled roster with no less than five new pieces on offense and a bulked up middle of the defense as reasons why the Bears could spring up and surprise some folks along the way in 2018.
- It’s also worth pointing out that the Miami Dolphins – a Bears opponent led by former OC Adam Gase – also makes the cut. I guess that would make their Week 6 matchup in Miami much more interesting that originally believed.
- The four Wild Card teams in 2017 won 9, 9, 10, and 11 games last year. Can you find 9-10 wins in this schedule? It might be tough, but the schedule might not be as difficult as once believed.
- Change happens, but this one coming after the draft might raise some eyebrows:
The #Bears have released National Scout Ryan Kessenich. He had been with the team since 2013 after coming over from the #Chiefs, where he had been an area scout. He also spent a year as a pro personnel assistant with the #Redskins.
— Neil Stratton (@InsideTheLeague) May 18, 2018