The Minnesota Vikings, whove taken the occasional Devin Aromashodu and Bernard Berrian out of Chicago, wont get the chance yet to take away one of the Bears hands.
The Bears have nixed a Vikings request to talk with defensive backs coach Jon Hoke about their defensive coordinator post, as the Tribune first reported. That job came open when the team removed Fred Pagac, a tight end for the Bears in 1974, from that job this week. Pagac, as Bob Babich did with the Bears, could be shifted from coordinator to linebackers coach.
The bump there is that Mike Singletary is the current LBs coach for the Vikings, who did not distinguish themselves in many defensive areas this season outside of Jared Allens pass rushing.
Hoke is still under contract with the Bears, who are under no obligation under league rules to give permission. And since the job is not for a head-coaching spot, the permission isnt there automatically.
That was the situation last year when the Bears turned down a request from the Tennessee Titans to interview Mike Tice to be their offensive coordinator. Tice, who was a strong choice of then-GM Jerry Angelo initially, was the Bears first option at offensive coordinator after Mike Martz, which they exercised after this season.
Hoke was a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles D-coordinator job last offseason. He did not get the job but he did get a two-year contract from the Bears.
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.
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.