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Danny Trevathan's arm injury gives the Bears' win over Detroit a pyrrhic feel

Danny Trevathan's arm injury gives the Bears' win over Detroit a pyrrhic feel

Club Dub returned on Sunday, along with some postgame smiles, but after a 20-13 win over Detroit, the Bears' locker room didn't feel like one that had just ended a four-game losing streak. 

That's because Danny Trevathan, the defense's heart and soul – not to mention a pretty damn good inside linebacker – left Sunday's game after suffering a gruesome-looking injury to his elbow. Nick Kwiatkoski filled in admirably, and the Bears didn't have any updates after the game. For whatever it's worth, Trevathan was seen leaving the locker room in a sling. 

"You hate to lose a guy like Danny like that because he's such a leader for us," Matt Nagy said. "We look at him for so many different intangibles." 

"It's tough, man. It's tough," Eddie Jackson said. "Ever since I walked through the door, Danny's been a real leader. A real vet. To see him go down, it's tough. 

"That's one thing about him: he'll still be focused, he'll still be around." 

The Bears now face a daunting uphill climb without two of their emotional leaders. If there's any hope for a second half turnaround, they'll have to do it playing three divisional road games without some key figures on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, who also gets the heart-and-soul tag a lot, has been out since Week 5's loss to the Raiders. As of Sunday night, there's technically a chance that both return, but it doesn't sound like the team is holding out much hope.  

"We just have to put him on our back," Jackson said. "Akiem's down, Danny's down – those are two of our biggest leaders. Everyone's just got to rally together and do it for them." 

While mostly true, the narrative about Trevathan's presence as a leader overshadows the fact that the Bears are losing their most productive linebacker. He's started all eight games this season, and his 67 combined tackles are far and away the most on the team. He leads the Bears in solo tackles (48) too. 

"When I saw him go off the field, it's 'next guy' sort of mentality," said Nick Kwiatkoski, Trevathan's backup. "I didn't know the extent of it, whether he was going to come back, so it's just make one play." 

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Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

The first phase of the 2020 NFL offseason will kick off on March 18 when the signing period for free agency officially begins. Teams can negotiate with free agents beginning on March 16, and the Bears are expected to be among the cluster of clubs searching for upgrades at several key positions.

GM Ryan Pace is likely to focus his free-agent budget on a veteran quarterback, help along the offensive line, and the secondary where players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Prince Amukamara face uncertain futures. There's also the tight end problem, which Pace can use free agency to land a quick fix.

This year's free-agent class his headlined by high-upside yet risky players. Many of the top names are coming off of breakout seasons but have resumes of underwhelming production.

Here's a look at the top 30 free agents scheduled to hit the open market.

Top 30 free agents of the 2020 NFL offseason

Kyle Long looking forward to 'seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch'

Kyle Long looking forward to 'seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch'

Former Bears offensive linemen Kyle Long appeared on The Rap Sheet and Friends podcast hosted by NFL insider Ian Rapoport and he didn't shy away from questions about Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Long, while stating that he understood the questioning and criticism that Trubisky faces, still believes in him.

"The Bears have won with Mitchell Trubisky."

Indeed Mitch was the starter for 14 games of the Bears 12-4 season before this year's 8-8 disappointment. The issue was Trubisky's play was of course, as he didn't show any noticeable improvement in 2019 after tossing 24 touchdowns in 2018. "We all regressed this year, but unfortunately heavy lies the head that wears the crown, and Mitch is the captain," Long said. 

"Mitch is the quarterback. He’s also suited to take the stuff that he’s gotta deal with, and that’s what I love about Mitch. He can deal with the noise, and he’s young. He’s so young."

Long seems excited by the idea of Chicago's hires, saying that new faces could have quite the positive effect on Trubisky’s game "I’m looking forward to seeing what another set of eyes from a coaching perspective can give Mitch. It’ll be cool to see.”

This offseason the Bears have brought in a new offensive coordinator (Bill Lazor), quarterbacks coach (John DeFilippo), and promoted former quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone to passing game coordinator. Bears head coach Matt Nagy, similar to Long, has faith in Trubisky developing, especially in regard to Ragone. In December Nagy said, “I think I know Mitch better than anybody in this building, except maybe Dave Ragone.”

Long certainly seems to miss his teammates though he clearly has no regrets about his decision. He and Trubisky definitely share a bond that will last long beyond their playing days. “I love the kid, he’s a great friend obviously, a teammate, but I’m looking forward to seeing him develop.”

Similar to the message delivered by the Bears’ front office, Long was in full support of Trubisky throughout the entire interview.

"Mitch is the quarterback. He’s also suited to take the stuff that he’s gotta deal with, and that’s what I love about Mitch. He can deal with the noise...”

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