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Week 8 Overreactions: No, Bears don't need to cut Wims

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Wonder what you guys are mad about today! And if it has to do with a mouthguard? Or maybe you're still just steaming about running the ball at midfield with less than a minute left in a 3-point game; I won't pretend to know what you're thinking. Luckily,  I don't have to – Twitter is useful for some things, after all. Bring on the tweets: 

VERDICT: This Is An Overreaction And Frankly A Pretty Tiring One Already

Yeah, no. Openly stumping for another person to lose their job in 2020 is certainly a choice. Wims throwing punches mid-game was regrettable (stupid's another good word for it) but everyone rushing to be the loudest tough guy on the web ain't exactly a great look either. If his NFL-issued two game suspension is upheld, losing a couple game checks is going to be plenty painful for a guy making $750k. And that's not even considering the discipline he's facing at Halas Hall, which, considering the tone of Matt Nagy's answers regarding the fight, figures to be significant as well. There are a half-dozen punishments the Bears can hand down without cutting a guy who's been a useful player in multiple phases over the last couple years: fine him, bench him, make him run up and down that weird hill in the woods behind Halas, force him to listen to dozens of people rank their favorite Hamilton songs, etc. 

 

Also, there are guys on active rosters right now that have done things which *actually* merit losing NFL jobs. One of them just got ANOTHER chance at a ring because he's friends with Tom Brady. Matt Nagy doesn't need to send his 5-3 football team any sort of message because a football player lost his temper on the football field and punched a football helmet a couple times. Fairly apathetic messages from Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Roquan Smith, and Robert Quinn do a better job illuminating just how much of a "culture breaker" this fight was than anything Nagy says – it's his job to be publicly mad about this. I don't expect Wims to have much of a role in the Bears' game plan over the next couple weeks, and rightfully so, but he doesn't need to lose his job. Let's try LESS rage about football games this week. 

VERDICT: Yes! This Is The Perfect Amount Of Rage To Feel About Cole Kmet's Season! Not An Overreaction! 

Kmet's "increased" role in the game amounted to *checks notes* 43% of the offensive snaps. He was targeted once. He is less of an offensive threat right now than Adam Shaheen, which is the furthest thing from a joke. For the 45th Monday in a row, Nagy told reporters that "you’re probably going to see more and more of him," and "he’s doing a good job." What he's referring to specifically I'm not really sure, but getting the first tight end taking in last year's draft more involved sounds like the perfect task for an offense that doesn't really have too many other choices left at this point. 

VERDICT: This Has Technically Been Correct So Far So It's Not An Overreaction But Does It Really Matter?

Nick Foles has been really bad. As NBC colleague Adam Hoge points out in this week's 10 Bears Things, Foles has been worse than Trubisky by most metrics, but 538's ELO ratings are especially telling. Trubisky's no more the answer now than he was at any point in the last four years, but I understand the temptation to see him give Foles a taste of his own medicine and reclaim QB1 while tearing up defenses as the dual-threat QB Ryan Pace dreamed of when he passed up Pat Mahomes (remember?!). The problem with Trubisky Saves The Season is that The Offensive Line Is Really Bad and So Is The Play Calling. Maybe he'd be able to better scramble away from initial waves of pressure, but the end result is still a Bears QB, 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, throwing an ill-advised pass off his back foot. 

VERDICT: This Is Not An Overreaction Nor Has It Been For His Entire Career Here (Or Anywhere TBH)

 

Back in August, I wrote that the smart play for Allen Robinson wasn't staying in Chicago longterm, and Twitter crushed me for it. Robinson doesn't need to remind anyone that he's a bonafide WR1, but touchdown grabs like the one he made against the Saints never hurt. How good is he? Through the first half of the season, he's been able to post the 6th-most receiving yards in football while catching passes from two of the worst four-or-five QBs that have played this season. Dak Prescott's probably not walking through that door this offseason, and only partially because Matt Nagy will insist that the Bears are a few simple tweaks away from unlocking the true potential of an offense half a decade in the making. Apparently Maybe the Bears realize that it's easy to not incentivize players when you have the franchise tag, but that's playing with fire. 

VERDICT: This Is Not An Overreaction, It Is Simply A Good Tweet 

VERDICT: A Kicker Has Never Once Been The Best Football Player On Any Team Ever But Chicago Deserves This

A reliable kicker on the Bears is a lot like an unseasonably warm winter day in Chicago: you know it's not going to last, and that darkness may be only a few weeks away, but you're going to enjoy the absolute hell out of this while it lasts.