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Three and out: Pernell McPhee talks relationships, Kyle Long describes the Bears’ ‘beacon of hope’

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Three and out: Pernell McPhee talks relationships, Kyle Long describes the Bears’ ‘beacon of hope’

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens let Pernell McPhee hit free agency after the 2014 season, in which the former fifth-round pick recorded a career high 7 1/2 sacks. So Sunday will be an awkward homecoming of sorts for McPhee against the team that spurned him a few years ago. 

“If your girlfriend or your wife leaves you, that’ll hurt, right? Okay,” McPhee said, “that answers that question.” 

That’s one way to put it. Defensive end Akiem Hicks — who will face a former team of his, the New Orleans Saints, in the Bears’ next road game — expanded on that thought. 

“Any time you go against your former team you want to prove a point, correct?” Hicks said. “He hasn’t made too big a deal out of it and he hasn’t been hoo-rah’ing about it. But I’m sure as anybody else that’d be going into that situation you want to go out there and put on a show.”

A big game from McPhee and/or Leonard Floyd against an interception-prone Joe Flacco could, at least, help keep things close on Sunday, or at best swing momentum in the Bears’ favor and push Mitchell Trubisky to his first career win. 

“I mean, it just was a relationship, just like you’ve got a girlfriend. They leave you sometimes,” McPhee said. “It is what it is, but like I said, I’m just very thankful that (general manager) Ozzie Newsome and coach (John) Harbaugh gave me the chance to become a Raven and see how it was to be a Raven. That’s the best feeling I got out of it.” 

More flowing analogies

While McPhee described facing the Ravens in terms of relationships, offensive lineman Kyle Long offered an eloquent description of how badly Bears fans want Mitchell Trubisky to finally end the quarterback drought in Chicago. 

“Being here since 2013 I’ve definitely understood the obsession with the quarterback position in this town,” Long said. “I mean, Mitch is a young guy with a lot of talent and this is a town that’s hungry for success in their sports, especially football. And I think that they see a beacon of hope and light with Mitch Trubisky, and it’s my job and the guys around me, their job is to keep that beacon of light nice and shiny and keep him upright.”

Snap decisions

Cody Whitehair has had some rather odd issues snapping this year, with a handful of snaps going high to both Trubisky and Mike Glennon over the Bears’ first five games. The second-year center wasn’t making any excuses when asked about it on Friday, but it is worth noting the Bears moved Whitehair between center and guard due to injuries to Long, Josh Sitton, Tom Compton and Hroniss Grasu in training camp and through the first three weeks of the season. 

“Just get back in that muscle memory,” Whitehair said. “For whatever reason, I dunno why, they’ve been bad. That’s what I’ve been focused on this week.”

Whitehair, who was flagged for holding against Minnesota, summed up his season to date:  “I haven't been where I've wanted the last four games and I'll continue to work on that. I feel like I'm getting back into my groove and we'll see how the season goes.”

The Bears don’t have any long-term concerns about Whitehair, who was solid as a rookie last year and should continue to be an important piece of their offensive line. 

“Once we get that consistent, exactly where we want it, he’s moving guys off the ball,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “He’s a big part of the run game. He’s a really talented player.” 

Anthony Miller asked for touchdown celebration ideas, so here's a list of them

Anthony Miller asked for touchdown celebration ideas, so here's a list of them

Lost in much of the Chase-Daniel-Will-Probably-Start-Tomorrow news, Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller tweeted this on Wednesday morning: 

Miller was, as you'll recall, the man behind this terrific canoe celebration: 

Considering he's caught touchdowns in 4 of his last 6 games, including the last two, this needs to be taken extremely seriously. So here are our suggestions for Anthony Miller's next touchdown celebration: 

Continue Your Westward Exploration 

Against Minnesota, Miller and Co. were canoing down the river. Have they landed? Where were they headed? The next chapter in this saga could be revealed on Thursday in Detroit. Pantomime hiking a great peak, or surveying your land from a distant cliff. Really tell the story the way it was meant to be told. 

Orchestrate an offensive symphony 

The lasting image from last Sunday's whoopin' might be the entire defense being conducted by Eddie Jackson, fresh of a pick-6:

Surely the offense wants in on that action. Stage your own performance, Anthony. Make it daring, make it bold. Bring in percussion and a heavy dose of woodwinds. 

Sit the entire family down for a Thanksgiving feast

This is my most realsitic suggestion. Ideally, Miller finds the end zone, sits down, and starts carving the football turkey. The rest of the offense takes a place on the ground at the table and shares a lovely meal together. 

Set up a FG unit and doink one off the upright, for old time's sake

I feel like this would now be funny because Cody Parkey is BACK and NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week. 

Literally any non-fortnite dance

It's so played out. 

Chase Chase Daniel

Get it? Because his name is Chase? And he'll be playing? This is admittedly my worst idea. 

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Mitch Trubisky officially doubtful as all signs point to Chase Daniel starting in Detroit

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Mitch Trubisky officially doubtful as all signs point to Chase Daniel starting in Detroit

The Bears designated Mitch Trubisky as doubtful to play Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions with a shoulder injury, as all signs point to Chase Daniel replacing him at Ford Field. 

Trubisky injured his right shoulder late in Sunday’s 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings when he awkwardly went to the ground and was illegally hit by safety Harrison Smith. The Bears did not hold a full practice with a short week leading up to Thursday’s game, but had the team held a full practice, Trubisky would not have participated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The Bears believe Trubisky could’ve played had their game this week been on Sunday, and not on an 88-hour turnaround from Sunday Night Football:

The Bears also listed tight end Adam Shaheen and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch as out for Thursday. Both suffered concussions Sunday. 

Daniel, who’s only thrown 78 passes in his NFL career, last started on Dec. 28, 2014 when then-Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had to miss a game against the San Diego Chargers at the last minute due to an issue with his spleen. Daniel completed 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in what wound up being a 19-7 Chiefs win. 

“The game is not fast to him when he plays,” coach Matt Nagy said. “The other thing with Chase that I've always appreciated is the fact that he prepares every game like he's the starter, if his time does come, he doesn't blink. 

“We ran into a similar situation where we had to make a decision with Alex several years ago. I think a matter of fact this one was literally hours before the game/the night before and Chase didn't blink. He went in and it was toward the end of the season and he did great with a bunch of backups against a playoff team in the San Diego Chargers back in the day. The confidence factor that he has, he's been with a lot of good quarterbacks. He has experience and you have trust.”

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