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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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Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.

Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.

As a result, Chicago signed former Buccaneers linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.

Bond, 26, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by the Buccaneers on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy. 

Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths. 

Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson. 

The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs. 

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