Chicago Bears fans who got all bent out of shape last summer when Matt Nagy refused to play his starters during the 2019 preseason have been vindicated. Nagy, who admitted sitting his first-teamers last August was a mistake, promised to change course in this year's scrimmages, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic allows a preseason schedule to actually take place.
This is good news for Bears fans, who for less than ideal reasons, actually have a lot to look forward to in training camp. At least, it'll be an interesting couple of months. The fight between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job will be the main event, and unlike any season since before the Jay Cutler era, the 2020 preseason will go a long way in deciding who lines up behind center in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed as much on Monday's NFL Total Access. Take a look:
In a sports sense, what defines a “one-season wonder?”
Is it, statistically speaking, one great season followed by several mediocre ones? Or simply one solitary out-of-this-world game? Is it a fantastic rookie season followed by a never-ending sophomore slump? It could be all of those.
But “one-season wonder” may not be the pejorative term you may be thinking. It could be, literally, the one season an athlete had playing for a team—which was bookended by either a trade of a free agency pickup/release. Or, perhaps, it could be the one astronomical season in a well-defined, well-landmarked career.
For our purposes, it’s all of the above.
So, apparently the NFL Network employs former running back LaDainian Tomlinson now. And apparently LaDainian Tomlinson was asked about the Bears. And apparently LaDainian Tomlinson thinks that, for some reason, the team's wide receiver group is the biggest question mark? And that Allen Robinson – the same Allen Robinson who had at least 5 catches in 14 of the Bears' 16 games last season – needs to be more consistent?
Anyway, I'll let you guess what Allen Robinson thinks about all this:
Couldn't have put it better myself. LT: Football Reference exists! You can look at it for free!