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Bulls morning roundup

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Bulls morning roundup

Did you miss any Bulls news from yesterday? Check out all the stories that were posted in BullsTalk on Monday.

With their past and current injury histories, its no surprise that Portland Trail Blazers players believe in a curse.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs and owners of one of the leagues top defenses, but leading scorer Lou Williams might be opting out of the final year of his deal this summer.

The Sacramento Kings already face the battle of trying to secure a new arena, now it seems they may be at a crossroads with Tyreke Evans.

CSNs Aggrey Sam reached into his weekly mailbag to answer readers questions and give his thoughts and opinions on Bulls-related topics as well as league issues.

Assessing misperceptions about Bears' Mitch Trubisky – the young QB is trending where Bears want him

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Assessing misperceptions about Bears' Mitch Trubisky – the young QB is trending where Bears want him

First things first, getting some ancient history out of the way but also looking at it in a different light….

Turns out Dowell Loggains may not have been an idiot or John Fox an offensive restrictor plate, either, in the matter of using and developing Mitchell Trubisky. They in fact appear to have known some things that Matt Nagy and Mark Helfrich are finding out about one young NFL quarterback: that Trubisky simply isn’t particularly accurate or effective going downfield with his passes. At least, not yet.

The Bears did their ongoing due analytics through Trubisky’s rookie year. In the requisite pursuit of putting a player in the best chance to have success, they determined what he wasn’t good at, and trimmed back much of the field from his scripting and play rolodex early. The sense now is that Nagy also may be doing just that with Trubisky.

Something never made complete sense, that Loggains, had thrown the ball around Soldier and other Fields more than 61 percent of the time with Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Yet with a talent like Trubisky, he was calling only a more-balanced 53 percent passing. The accuracy reality helps you understand some of the reason why; The young QB just hadn’t really thrown accurately down the field, or anywhere, for that matter, looking at his 59.4-percent completion rate even with the top of the field dialed back.

Downfield accuracy can be a quirky thing. Rex Grossman, for instance, was quixotically more accurate when passes were directed longer than 15 yards, yet maddeningly scattershot on, say, bubble screens. Trubisky is not that, most quarterbacks aren’t, but positive plays are the objective, wherever they lie for the particular thrower.

But all of that’s not really important now, just looking at Trubisky with some perspective; the downfield accuracy that’s a true work in progress wasn’t there then. And best guess is that Fox, Loggains and the rest of the staff weren’t going to tell Charles Leno, Bobby Massie, Cody Whitehair or anyone else on offense to get their bodies pounded just so the kid could learn how to throw deep. The point was, and is, to win the game (thank you, Herman Edwards).

More to matters of more recent perspective….

Using the right evaluation scales

One simple (well, maybe not completely simple) fact is that Mitch Trubisky is improving, and in many respects, substantially, even as frustration and dissecting continue.

First, a note of explanation: Evaluating Trubisky against expectations, even for a No. 2-overall pick, isn’t useful. Neither is evaluating him strictly vis’a’vis other young quarterbacks.

What is useful is evaluating Trubisky vs. Trubisky, No. 1, and No. 2, more important, is the team winning with him?

The answer to No. 2 is “yes.” Two wins in three games, being within on defensive stop of having his team 3-0—that’s a “yes.” He had his team 2-1 last year after three starts, albeit against better competition (Minnesota, Baltimore, Carolina), so he is at least as win’ish as he was as a rookie.

As to No. 1, the footwork isn’t where he or his coaches want it. Neither is his decision-making. Nor the accuracy thing.

But evaluating Trubisky against Trubisky and not Allen, Mahomes, Watson or anyone else, the point is signs of improvement. Consider:

In his first three starts last season, Trubisky barely qualified for “inaccurate” or “productive.” In his first three starts this season, he’s earned both, even with his distance issues:

 

                           2017                                    2018

 

                  Cmp.     Yards                    Cmp.      Yards

 

Gm 1         48.0%       128                    65.7%       171

 

Gm 2         50.0%       113                    73.5          200

 

Gm 3         57.1%       107                    68.6          220

 

Even with a couple of untoward throws and interceptions, his INT rate is still a respectable-if-not-great 2.9 percent.

Trubisky’s meaningful arrows are pointing up when compared to where he finished that rookie season, when he went out 1-2 with declining performances:

Gm 14      67.4%       314

 

Gm 15      60.9%       193

 

Gm 16      55.6%       178

Putting a final assessment of Trubisky is still quite some weeks off for 2018, and quite sometime longer for what he is big-picture. But in the meantime, comparing Mitch Trubisky ’17 to Mitch Trubisky ’18, the new one is better.

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 6

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IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 6

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (8) 5-0 87 1
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 81 2
3. Maine South (1) 4-1 68 3
4. Oswego 5-0 60 4
5. Marist 4-1 56 5
6. Glenbard West 4-1 49 7
7. Evanston 4-1 20 6
8. Bolingbrook 4-1 19 10
9. Hinsdale Central 4-1 18 NR
10. Waubonsie Valley 5-0 10 NR

Others receiving votes:  Loyola 7, Oswego East 6, Stevenson 6, Naperville Central 4, St. Charles East 2, Barrington 1, Neuqua Valley 1

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (2) 5-0 90 1
2. Nazareth (3) 5-0 88 2
3. Brother Rice (1) 5-0 78 3
4. East St. Louis (4) 4-1 75 4
5. Mt. Carmel 4-1 61 5
6. Simeon 5-0 50 6
7. Hononegah 5-0 35 7
8. Belleville West 5-0 27 8
9. Normal Community 4-1 25 9
10. Lincoln-Way West 3-2 6 10

Others receiving votes: Lake Zurich 5, St. Charles North 4, Moline 3, Hersey 1, Hoffman Estates 1, Wheaton Warrenville South 1

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary Grove (6)  5-0 104 1
2. Oak Lawn Richards (4) 5-0 102 2
3. Willowbrook 5-0 76 4
4. Prairie Ridge 4-1 73 3
5. Phillips 3-2 55 6
6. Chatham Glenwood 5-0 52 8
7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 4-1 44 9
8. Providence 4-1 30 7
9. Niles Notre Dame 4-1 23 NR
10. (tie) Normal West & DeKalb 4-1/4-1 23/23 10/5


Others receiving votes: None

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (10) 5-0 109 1
2. Montini (1) 5-0 97 2
3. Sterling 5-0 79 T-4
4. (tie) Highland 5-0 77 3
4. (tie) Hillcrest 5-0 75 T-4
6. Antioch 5-0 53 7
7. Metamora 5-0 27 NR
8. Decatur MacArthur 4-1 23 NR
9. (tie) Joliet Catholic 3-2 14 8
9. (tie) Kaneland 4-1 14

NR

Others receiving votes: Sycamore 10, Dunlap 10, Peoria Central 8, MAscoutah 4, Carbondale 2, St. Francis 1, Payton 1, Marian Central Catholic 1


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (10 5-0 138 2
2. Rochester (2) 4-1 104 1
3. Taylorville 5-0 102 3
4. Columbia 5-0 96 4
5. Rockford Boylan 4-1 86 5
6. (tie) Coal City 4-1 46 7
6. (tie) Breese Mater Dei 5-0 46 10
8. Morris 3-2 32 8
9. Richmond-Burton 4-1 28 6
10. Cahokia 4-1 27 NR

Others receiving votes: Pontiac 24, Herrin 19, Johnsburg 10, Rochelle 7, Raby 4, Fairbury Prairie Central 1
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (13) 5-0 130 1
2. Carlinville 5-0 96 3
3. Monticello 5-0 89 4
4. Farmington 5-0 88 2
5. Bishop McNamara 4-1 82 5
6. Williamsville 4-1 71 6
7. Beardstown 5-0 49 8
8. Vandalia 5-0 44 7
9. DuQuoin 5-0 33 10
10. Elmwood-Brimfield 5-0 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Lisle 7, North Boone 2, Hall 2, Paris, Pleasant Plains 2, Rock Island Alleman 2, Fairfield 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (10) 5-0 127 1
2. Orion (3) 5-0 117 2
3. Sterling Newman 4-1 99 3
4. Decatur St. Teresa 5-0 93 4
5. Eastland-Pearl City 5-0 73 6
6. Illini West (Carthage) 5-0 71 5
7. Chicago Hope Academy 4-1 48 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 5-0 31 9
9. Pana 3-2 21 NR
10. Mercer County 3-2 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Nashville 7, Rockridge 4, Eldorado 3, Marshall 3


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (12) 5-0 127 2
2. Lena-Winslow (1) 4-1 107 1
3. Ottawa Marquette 5-0 95 4
4. Tuscola 4-1 83 5
5. Princeville 5-0 75 6
6. Camp Point Central 4-1 65 3
7. Argenta-Oreana 5-0 48 8
8. Aurora Christian 4-1 32 7
9. Milledgeville 5-0 27 10
10. Concord (Triopia) 4-1 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Madison 12, Sesser-Valier 7, Athens 6, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 4, Carrollton 3, Fisher 2, Forreston 2