Very little is ever a given in the NFL, including job security or just jobs in general.
So with the Bears’ 2015 season lurching to a finish, Adam Gase becomes the immediate person of extreme interest for possible head coaching jobs, a prospect that has been mentioned since the day he became the team's offensive coordinator.
Even before that, actually.
Gase, who interviewed last January for the top jobs in Buffalo, Chicago and San Francisco, is the first name being mentioned this year in connection with the openings in Miami and Philadelphia, and the anticipated one in Cleveland pending the fate of Mike Pettine after Sunday.
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With the shortening patience window of ownerships with coaches not effecting immediate turnarounds, the San Francisco, Indianapolis and perhaps even Detroit jobs also could be opening.
Ron Rivera interviewed nine places before he landed the Carolina Panthers job. Gase needs to interview well, connect with the general manager involved in the hiring and satisfy ownership. And he also needs to want the particular job.
Chris Bleck, Sam Panayotovich and Jay Cohen join David Kaplan on the panel.
0:00- Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over. Will he still be the kicker for Week 1?
6:00- Pro Football Focus says Mitch Trubisky is the 26th-best QB entering the season. Kap would like a word.
9:30- The guy discuss the Bears's punishment to Kyle Long for his practice fights and look back at life and career of Cedric Benson.
16:00- A trip to the Little League World Series did wonders for the Cubs. So after winning the last two on their road trip, are they back?
20:00- Jose Quintana has been on fire of late. Is he the Cubs' ace?
24:00- Eloy Jimenez leads AL rookies in home runs. With Vlad Jr. out, can he win the rookie of the year? Plus the guys discuss Dylan Cease's struggles and another big weekend for Luis Robert in Charlotte.
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No one denies that Mitchell Trubisky needs to continue developing as a quarterback to take the Bears to the next level.
What’s up for debate is how much he needs to improve, and the question will linger well into the 2019 season.
Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 quarterbacks entering the regular season, and they see the Bears quarterback with a lot of work to do.
Trubisky came in 26th, part of analyst Steve Palazzolo’s “Tier 4” of quarterbacks.
“There’s a disconnect between Trubisky’s statistical output and his throw-by-throw performance last season,” Palazzolo wrote. “In order to take the next step, Trubisky must improve his accuracy at 10-plus yards down the field and lower his percentage of uncatchable passes that ranked 31st out of 35 qualifiers.”
PFF did highlight his NFL-best rushing grade among quarterbacks and the value added from Matt Nagy’s offensive system.
But their snap-by-snap grading shows Trubisky needs to be more consistent with this throws, which Palazzolo believes is crucial for the Bears to sustain their success.