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Giants name Daniel Jones starting QB, Bears to face rookie in Week 12

Giants name Daniel Jones starting QB, Bears to face rookie in Week 12

The New York Giants officially named rookie Daniel Jones as the team's starting quarterback, replacing two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning after two uninspiring weeks into the 2019 season.

Jones was selected by the Giants with the sixth pick overall in the 2019 NFL draft, a selection that was widely criticized by draft analysts and fans across the country. The former Duke star was considered a fringe first-round pick for much of the run-up to the draft, but few big boards had him rated as a top-10 pick. 

Jones silenced most of his critics this summer with a superb preseason. He completed 29-of-34 passes (85.3% ) for 416 yards and two touchdowns over four games and sparked an unexpected quarterback controversy as the calendar flipped to September. The general consensus was that Jones would sit until the Giants fell out of playoff contention, and while an 0-2 start certainly isn't great for a team's playoff hopes, the season isn't quite over yet.

Still, there was no point in delaying the inevitable. Manning looks washed, and with the Giants going nowhere in 2019, it makes sense to give Jones some experience. 

And this could end up being bad news for the Chicago Bears come Week 12. 

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New York suddenly has a more dangerous offense with Jones under center, and while rookie quarterbacks usually give defenses like the Bears' an opportunity to create turnovers, he'll also be a tougher out than Manning because of his ability to make plays with his legs.

Jones will also have several starts under his belt by the time he comes to Soldier Field on November 24. 

Regardless, the Bears should be heavy favorites by the time their tilt with the Giants rolls around, regardless of who New York sends out at quarterback.

 

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With running game, Nagy makes plea for patience: "I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot"

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With running game, Nagy makes plea for patience: "I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot"

Matt Nagy brought a whoooole bunch of positive energy to his Monday morning press conference at Halas Hall. 

"First of all, you will never pull me down," he said. "That's number one. Never. You won't do it. Second of all, you'll never pull our team down. It doesn't matter what we're going through. It'll never happen. Not under my watch. That's just not how we roll."

The coach's trademark brand of endless, enthusiastic optimism took a hit after Sunday's humiliating loss to New Orleans. The Bears were outclassed by a short-handed team, at home, coming off the bye week. They set the record for fewest run attempts in Bears' history. After the game Nagy said they were going to "sit in it" that night, and from the sound of his answers on Monday morning, that hadn't ended yet. 

"I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot," he said. "I realize that. Seven rushes and the minimum amount of times, I totally understand that."

"You need to do it. I never go into a game saying I want to throw the ball 54 times. I would love to go into a game and say I want to run the ball 54 times. But that hasn’t happened. This is what I have to answer to.”

You've read it all already; things are bleak. They're the 30th ranked team in every rushing category except for the ones they're ranked 29th in. Against the Saints, the Bears handed the ball off to wide recievers the same amount of times (2) they gave it to David Montgomery. No one got more rushes than Tarik Cohen (3), who said after the game that he doesn't really even consider himself a running back – and is often scouted as a reciever by opposing coaches, according to Nagy. 

"... nine catches for 19 yards, you know, that’s not where we want to be," he said. "And it’s unacceptable for all of us. We’re definitely searching right now. There’s no doubt about it. But as I said, so last night you deal with the emotions, you watch the tape last night, you see where you’re at and now for us we can’t hang on to what just happened.  We’ve got to fix it and we’ve got to understand and be aware that offensively we’ve had some bad performances now." 

Nagy knows he and the Bears are out of excuses, and having to say the same thing every Monday morning for the last month is clearly eating at him. And while there may be some more reliance on Trubisky or Mike Davis' legs (from the sounds of it, mainly the former), there's probably still an element of patience involved. (I know, I'm sorry. Please lower your voice.) 

"Right now we’re not having productive plays in the run game any way you look at it," Nagy said. "But I want positive plays. I want plays — and part of the patience is that as well. There’s no doubt about it, there’s gotta be more patience.

Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Monday afternoon, CAA Football announced that the Bears and DL Brent Urban have agreed to terms on a contract:

Urban, 28, was a fourth round selection of the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft and spent the first five years of his career in Baltimore, starting 16 games for the team in 2018. At 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, Urban profiles as a wide-framed, run-stuffing interior lineman, but is probably no more than a depth signing at this point. The Bears front seven was shredded by Latavius Murray on Sunday to the tune of 119 yards on 27 carries, and Akiem Hicks is still expected to miss at least another seven weeks with an elbow injury.

In 45 career games, Urban has 52 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss, as well as five passes defended. He appeared in four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019 (only playing on 16% of their defensive snaps) before being released on Saturday.

The Bears will have a chance to right the ship against a bumbling Chargers team this Sunday at Soldier Field.

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