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Dan Orlovsky bashes Matt Nagy for handling of Mitch Trubisky

Dan Orlovsky bashes Matt Nagy for handling of Mitch Trubisky

ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky has been pretty outspoken about the Bears offense and Mitch Trubisky in particular, but after Matt Nagy decided to replace Trubisky with Chase Daniel late in Week 11's loss to the Rams, Orlovsky let his criticism of the second-year coach fly.

“There were many moments this year where you could’ve justified, Mitch you’re not doing well, so we’re going to do something else,” Orlovsky said on Monday. “But late in a game — probably the most important moment of their season — they decide because Trubisky’s hip is bothering him, supposedly, and he can’t move around well enough, that Chase Daniel was the answer. Chase Daniel has had a long career as a backup quarterback. But it’s not like he’s moving around back there like Lamar (Jackson) or Russell Wilson.

“To make that decision, in that moment, it’s unfair to your team, it’s unfair to your quarterback, it’s another mismanagement of the position by Matt Nagy.”

Nagy's since confirmed his decision to replace Trubisky has nothing to do with his role as the Bears' starting quarterback moving forward and said Wednesday that he's encouraged by the back-to-back positive outings the former No. 2 pick overall has put on tape.

But Orlovsky isn't totally out of bounds, either. Trubisky said he suffered what was later diagnosed as a hip pointer late in the second quarter and managed to play through the pain and stiffness throughout most of the second half.

“This is a coach that has not done anything that the kid does well,” Orlovsky said. “We’ve said that all season long. So for you, in that moment, to go, well, he couldn’t move because of his hip was hurting him and thinking it’s better for him to be on the bench and on the sideline than on the field because he can’t move and then to put Chase Daniel in.”

Trubisky has six weeks remaining in the 2019 season to cement his status as the starter for at least one more season or begin 2020 as the first-stringer, at least. But some of the attention down the stretch has to shift to Nagy and his handling of the quarterback situation.

As important as it is to find the right quarterback, the Bears need a coach who can put him in the best situation to succeed, too. 

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Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."

Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan. 

"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay. 

"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued. 

The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.

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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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