Bears add to 'violent' quotient with Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie


Bears add to 'violent' quotient with Danny Trevathan, Bobby Massie

When the Bears made rush-linebacker Pernell McPhee their priority signing in 2015 free agency, it was to upgrade the pass rush. It was also to be part of effecting a culture change, particularly on a defense gone soft as well as bad. McPhee’s self-description of his play on the day he was introduced as a Bear was simply, “violent.”

Violent without talent, however, isn’t a positive; witness prison populations. But when GM Ryan Pace began his second free-agency period, it was evident that continuing the culture change was important.

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Pace appeared to have achieved that secondary goal with his first two ’16 signings, right tackle Bobby Massie and linebacker Danny Trevathan.

“I’m nasty in the run game,” said Massie, who was told he was coming to Chicago as a right tackle, presumably to be to the right of Kyle Long at right guard. “But pass game, I’m efficient. I can’t really be too aggressive in the pass protection from an offensive tackle. I’m patient.”

Trevathan knows McPhee in part from sharing an agent. But he describes himself as out of the McPhee mindset on the field.

“He’s a monster,” Trevathan said. “Every time he’s putting his hands on somebody, it’s a train wreck.

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“That’s similar to my style. I’m kind of back a little bit farther [at inside linebacker], so I get a little bit more momentum. But to have somebody like that in front of you, and playing with my attitude, I think it could be spectacular with things we do. Hopefully our attitude covers all the defense, just starts getting contagious, like winning, just start spreading to these guys. And I believe it will. If they got their head on right, and they are a great group of guys, and they’re ready to win.”

Too much “violent?” Not necessarily. After his and the Denver Broncos win in Super Bowl 50, Trevathan had other plans: “I went to see my daughter, took my girl to Hawaii,” he said. “We went back home for a little bit. I got to take her to Disney World.”

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7


Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.