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Chase Daniel on game-ending INT: 'It's completely on me'

Chase Daniel on game-ending INT: 'It's completely on me'

Chase Daniel wasn't terrible in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders. He finished the game completing 22-of-30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns, but it's his two interceptions that will garner the most attention.

Rightfully so.

Trailing 24-21 with just over one minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Daniel tossed a floater into the arms of Oakland CB Gareon Conley at the Raiders' 26-yard line. It was his second interception of the game and was the result of a terrible throw at a critical moment.

Game over, Bears lose.  

"Yeah, that's one we want back," Daniel said of the throw after the game. "That's one of our stable plays. We made a check and at the end they made a better play. The whole game they were pretty tight on our outside receivers, and I'm not even sure who intercepted, but the corner who really, I thought was supposed to have Javon Wims really fell off. I saw the nickel falling off, Anthony took it a little lower than what I wanted, but that's just completely on me. Like I just -- there's two throws I want back, right, the first interception gave them a short field and obviously that one. I feel like that's one that I should probably check down."

Who knows what might have been had Daniel taken a more conservative approach on that play. Maybe the offense would've forced overtime. Maybe Chicago still would've lost. But it's head-scratching plays like that interception that have Bears fans so frustrated through the first five games.

Daniel knows he needs to be better.

"I'm the hardest guy on myself," Daniel said. "I didn't play well enough today. Backup, regardless, London, it really doesn't matter. It really doesn't. I expect more of myself, and we'll watch the film, we'll try to move on, and win some more games."

Chicago enters its bye with a 3-2 record and some significant injuries. Akiem Hicks left Sunday's game with what looked like a serious elbow injury and we still don't know exactly when Mitch Trubisky will return. 

The Bears need this bye week. Badly. They need it to get healthy and they need it to fix the pedestrian offense. Most of all, they need to figure out what kind of team they want to be in the second half of their season. The defense wasn't a Super Bowl unit Sunday, while the offense was its usual self. The end result was a club that couldn't beat the Raiders, and with all due respect to Oakland, that doesn't bode well for Chicago's championship hopes in 2019.

Aaron Rodgers suggests the end of his Packers career is near

Aaron Rodgers suggests the end of his Packers career is near

For as much as Bears fans despise Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it's fair to say he's a smart guy both on and off the field. And when his team traded up to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, he knew the end of his run in Green Bay is coming sooner than maybe anyone would've expected.

“You know, based on just the circumstances around everything when you just look at the facts," Rodgers said on the '10 questions with Kyle Brandt' podcast. "They traded up, they drafted him (Love). I would say they like him, they want to play him.”

Rodgers explained the difference between when the Packers selected him in the first round despite Brett Favre still playing at a high level, and now. 

“It’s a different environment. In 2005, my first year we were 4-12, second year, we were 8-8. There wasn’t a clamoring to play me because it was normal for young guys to sit. In the third year, ’07, we go 13-3. We’re one play, we’re overtime in the NFC Championship playing at home against the Giants from going to the Super Bowl. Different scenario. Now, I think quarterbacks are playing earlier. It gives some latitude for young coaches and GMs to play their guys. And I get it. I really do.”

Rodgers admitted that his time as a Packer will likely end because of a decision made by the front office, not him. And what about playing for the Bears? Is that something Rodgers would consider?

“Oh man, that’s a tough thought right there, man,” he said.

Charles Leno, Bobby Massie left off of PFF's top offensive tackles list

Charles Leno, Bobby Massie left off of PFF's top offensive tackles list

It's really hard to find one quality starting offensive tackle in the NFL, let alone two. Whether either of the Bears' starting tackles qualifies as a quality player is up for debate, but both Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie are, at the very least, competent starters in the league.

According to the analytics team at Pro Football Focus, neither Leno nor Massie ranks as a top-25 player at their position, however. Both Bears starters were left off of PFF's new list of the game's 25 best blindside protectors, one that included Giants rookie first-round pick, Andrew Thomas.

Massie was the Bears' 11th highest-graded player on offense in 2020, finishing the season with a 63.2 grade from PFF. It was the worst season score Massie's received in his career. As for Leno, he finished 2019 with a 58.6, which was his worst mark since his rookie season (53.6).

Massie was PFF's 65th overall tackle last year, while Leno was 87th. It's easy to see why they were left off the list.

The NFC North wasn't entirely blanked. David Bakhtiari (Packers) ranked third overall, while Taylor Decker (Lions) was 23rd.