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Why Doc Rivers thinks Nick Foles wins Bears' QB job, beats out Mitch Trubisky

Why Doc Rivers thinks Nick Foles wins Bears' QB job, beats out Mitch Trubisky

Doc Rivers is an NBA champion, motivational speaker, and one of the NBA's best coaches. Most importantly, Doc Rivers is also a Bears fan. 

On a podcast with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rivers chatted with Schefter about his hometown Bears: 

Well, you know who it is. They didn't go get Foles for him to sit. And that's the way I look at it. Listen, I think the best man is going to win, obviously, and the one thing with Nagy is that he's such an offensive genius that I wouldn't be shocked to see them both at times. But I don't love that system – I like when you decide who that is. But we have a Super Bowl winning quarterback now, and we also have a very young quarterback, right? And so you would think the Super Bowl winning quarterback will probably get the nod, and the other young kid will get the teach. 

Outside of giving Bears fans a heart attack at the idea of a dual-QB system, this is pretty on-par with what the general consensus has been about the coming battle. The Bears ARE paying Foles a lot of money and he DID win a Super Bowl. It seems like Trubisky may in fact be destined to get the teach, which I wasn't aware was a saying but now immediately love. Get ready for the teach, Mitch. 

Bears’ Danny Trevathan considered opting out, explains why he didn’t

Bears’ Danny Trevathan considered opting out, explains why he didn’t

The Bears lost an enormous piece of their defense when nose tackle Eddie Goldman opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns, but the defensive void could have been even bigger.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan, perhaps the biggest leader on Chuck Pagano’s defense, admitted Friday that he considered opting out.

“I definitely took some hard thought about the whole situation,” Trevathan said. “I had to see it first-hand, so I came in and I feel like they did a pretty good job handling the situation.”

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It’s too easy to forget that these athletes have lives off the field, and in Trevathan’s case, he had some important family matters to consider. Both his fiancé and kids have asthma.

“My fiancé? That’s like my backbone. So when corona happened, she has chronic asthma and allergies that are crazy. So I really thought about her and all the sacrifices she made,” Trevathan said. “I think she deserves all the credit in the world. And my kids? Um, that definitely comes first to me.”

Considering the damage COVID-19 can do to lungs, especially those with underlying health conditions, Trevathan’s decision could not have been easy. And no one would have blamed him if he chose to sat out.

Ultimately, Trevathan decided to come into Halas Hall to judge the safety of the building for himself. Essentially, he had five days at the facility before the opt-out deadline passed on Thursday. In the end, he committed to playing the season.

“This thing is so wild,” he said. “It’s the first year I’ve ever seen something like this, anybody’s seen something like this, so it definitely made me nervous a little bit. But I feel like I made the right decision.”

And he’s certainly not holding anything against Goldman for sitting out, even though as a linebacker who plays behind the big nose tackle, Trevathan might be impacted the most.

“I kind of chatted with him this offseason a little bit. So I kind of sensed it,” Trevathan said. “I definitely support his decision.”

In addition to losing Goldman, the Bears also saw reserve safety Jordan Lucas opt out of the season. But now that the deadline has passed, Trevathan is all-in, back to talking about Super Bowls again.

“I feel like we're so close right now and to do that would add to that legacy," he said.

 

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Bears defense among top five in NFL entering 2020 season

Bears defense among top five in NFL entering 2020 season

When a team's defense features stars like Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Akiem Hicks, it'd be foolish to suggest it won't be one of the top units in the NFL.

That's why The Athletic got it right in their recent ranking of all 32 defenses entering the 2020 season. The Chicago Bears check-in at No. 5.

5. Chicago Bears
Last year: 8th

They have the potential to produce the best pass-rushing defensive line in the league. The combination of Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn on the edge will be as tough to block as any in the NFL. And Akiem Hicks (missed 11 games last season) is one of the league’s most disruptive interior linemen. On the back end, the Bears need second-round pick Jaylon Johnson (or someone else on the roster) to be a competent number two corner opposite Kyle Fuller. They have Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson, and Tashaun Gipson could prove to be an upgrade over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. A couple things need to fall their way, but this group has a high ceiling.

Having a high ceiling is putting it lightly. The Bears have a chance to regain their standing as the most feared defense in the NFL, especially if players like Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan play a full 16 games. Remember: Smith and Trevathan have the potential to be the best inside linebacker duo in the NFL. We had a taste of their upside in 2018, Smith's rookie season, but 2019 was a year to forget. Smith missed four games while Trevathan missed seven. 

As for the rest of the NFC North, the Vikings rank 11th, the Packers are 13th and the Lions checked-in at 28th.

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