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AFC West title for Denver? Not necessarily

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AFC West title for Denver? Not necessarily

Peyton Mannings arrival in Denver has created some obvious major buzz around the Broncos. Not all of it is good, however.

The Broncos went to the playoffs last season with Tim Tebow. Logically then, with a better quarter, they should be even better, right? Right?

I think immediately they are the favorite to win that division, said former NFL lineman Ross Tucker on NBC Sports Talk on Monday.

Lets feather the breaks here. Please.

There is some question in at least one camp about whether the whole thing will really work in Denver.

Its easy to go from complicated to simple, said former Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King. Its hard to go from simple to complicated.

Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com checked in with the assurance that Tebow will be traded. Manning was the one guy who would bring such a Rocky Mountain high that John Elway and the Broncos could usher Tebow out of town without an uprising.

One scenario could have Tebow looming on the Bears 2012 schedule, not necessarily a welcome thought after Tebow brought the Broncos back for an overtime win over the Bears last season (with two assists from brain malfunctions by running back Marion Barber.

Id say the Jaguars and the Dolphins should be at the head of the line, Florio said.

The Jags are a Bears road trip this season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over

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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PFF ranks Mitchell Trubisky as 26th best quarterback entering 2019

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PFF ranks Mitchell Trubisky as 26th best quarterback entering 2019

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.