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Pump the brakes on the talk of a Robbie Gould-Bears reunion

Pump the brakes on the talk of a Robbie Gould-Bears reunion

Enough already.

This fairy tale Robbie Gould reunion tour talk has gone too far. It’s natural to romanticize the past, long for the one who got away — especially when you see them having success in other places — but it ended for a reason.

It’s over. Let’s all move on. 

Ryan Pace cut Gould before the 2016 season because he was missing kicks. Key kicks at the end of the 2015 season, and more kicks in the 2016 preseason. Gould himself has said that getting cut forced him to reinvent himself, leading to his success on 82 of 85 kicks since. 

And that’s great. But hardly a guarantee of future success.

The rotating door and failure at kicker that culminated in the Bears' cruel exit from the playoffs makes it easy for those nationally — like former NFL kicker Jay Feely — to say “Why didn’t they just keep Robbie Gould?” Dan Pompei of the Athletic is the latest locally to suggest a reunion, and they’re both hardly alone as the drum beats louder to bring back Robbie.

But welcoming the 37-year old Gould back into the fold is far from the surefire fix that will get this team to the Super Bowl next season and beyond. 

If you bring back Gould, you’re doing exactly what the Bears did with Cody Parkey — guaranteeing him a spot on the roster regardless of his performance. The decision — or lack of — to bring in any competition for Parkey after his disastrous Week 10 against Detroit gave Parkey a free pass. And it cost the Bears the season. 

What happens when and if Gould misses a key kick in October? That doubt starts creeping in, it hangs over the entire team and fanbase, and you’re telling me the Bears should just ride or die with Gould just like they did with Parkey? 

Start fresh, make it purely performance based, and for the love of George Halas, hold that position accountable. Chicago area native Jake Elliott won a Super Bowl with the Eagles last year in his rookie season, but not before starting the season with 2 misses in his first two games.

Then this happened:

Elliott went on to make 88 percent of his field goals the rest of the season including a perfect 7-for-7 in the playoffs.

No one told Parkey “no more misses” and no one’s gonna do that with Gould. Make whoever lines up for those game winning kicks earn it. Every week.

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Nick Foles ranked ahead of Mitchell Trubisky in Chris Simms QB list

Nick Foles ranked ahead of Mitchell Trubisky in Chris Simms QB list

One more pundit has ranked Nick Foles ahead of Mitchell Trubisky going into the 2020 NFL season.

Chris Simms has slowly been releasing his annual quarterback rankings on Twitter. On Monday, he got to Nick Foles at No. 31 overall.

That’s seven spots ahead of Trubisky, who came in at No. 38-- ahead of only Dwayne Haskins and Tua Tagovailoa.

Simms says Foles can make “big time throws” with support around him, and he should have plenty of that with Allen Robinson, Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Miller and rookie TE Cole Kmet.

But first he’ll have to beat out Trubisky in the QB competition.

Still ahead of Foles on Simms’ list are Andy Dalton (No. 27), Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 28) and the guy who took over his starting job in Jacksonville, Gardner Minshew (No. 30).

RELATED: Nick Foles' familiarity with Bears coaches, system important to Ryan Pace

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10 most dominant Super Bowl victories in NFL history

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10 most dominant Super Bowl victories in NFL history

Dominance.

It’s one of the many words used to describe the masterpiece that was the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Chicagoans should know the pillars of this great work of art by now: Richard Dent. Walter Payton. Mike Ditka. Buddy Ryan. And so on.

But if, perhaps, you’re part of a younger generation who has never seen the pinnacle of that work, or if you simply want to recapture some of that glory on a bigger screen, you now have your chance.

NBC will re-air Super Bowl XX in its entirety this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT, the penultimate game in the network’s “Super Bowl Week in America’ series. Liam McHugh will speak with two members of the vaunted 46 Defense, Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Dan Hampton.

The game between the Bears and New England Patriots on Jan. 26, 1986, was certainly the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history up to that point. The 46-10 final score was relatively tame. The Bears could have easily scored 60 that night in New Orleans.

But was it the most dominant performance on the game’s greatest stage? Well, we made a list.

Here are the top 10 most dominant performances by an NFL team in 54 years of Super Bowl history