DETROIT Now all the Bears can do is wait.
They took care of business, more or less, beating the Detroit Lions 26-24 despite repeated failures on offense, a few costly breakdowns on defense and little help on special teams. The win pushed their record to 10-6 and into position for hoping that the Green Bay Packers can dispatch the Minnesota Vikings.
It appeared to have removed some but not all doubt that Lovie Smith will return as coach in 2013. Teams typically do not fire coaches after 10-6 seasons, and usually not ones who are 18 games over .500 as Smith is for his tenure.
GM Phil Emery was complimentary of Smith during an appearance on the WBBM pre-game programming and was seen chatting casually with Smith prior to the game at Ford Field.
Emery said that evaluations are based on a coachs or players whole body of work, not one game. Smith is 18 games over .500 for his career and has had only one of nine seasons with fewer than seven wins.
But the goal of the organization is to win championships, which begins with making the playoffs. Missing the playoffs for five of the six years since the 2006 Super Bowl appearance will work against Smith getting at least the final year of his contract.
A Green Bay win at Minnesota would place the Bears in the No. 6 slot in the NFC playoffs and send them to either San Francisco or Seattle depending upon the outcomes of late games, Arizona at the 49ers and St. Louis visiting the Seahawks.
Players pulled up chairs amphitheater-style in the locker room to watch the early stages of the Green Bay game. They were pleased with their handling of Detroit (4-12) but that was not the full day.
Ill feel happy, center Roberto Garza said in the minutes after the Bears win, in about three hours.
Pat Mahomes made 500 million dollars today. It is an unfathomable amount of money unless you're Patrick Mahomes, who's very seriously fathoming it on whatever fancy yacht he's hopefully on right now. (This, to me, is the only conceivable way to properly celebrate earning the largest contract in major league sports history?)
And, as far too many Bears fans non-ironically pointed out today, Ryan Pace saved the McCaskeys $500 million today as well. Never hurts to be in the black right?! Just for the sake of this exercise, let's imagine Ryan Pace *wants* to spend $500 million this week. After giving the first 200 to Jimmy Graham (sorry, I'm sorry), where does that leave Pace? Here's what 500 million could get the Bears:
- Three and a half Khalil Mack contracts, all at once
- 17 Mitch Trubisky contracts, whatever that entails
- 20 Nick Foles contracts, this exercise is a huge bummer
- 5 more renovations of Halas Hall, there can never be enough sand pits
- The Athletic, I can already see the Why I'm Joining headline now
- His own NHL team
- 69 million Soldier Field hot dogs
- 4 months rent in Gold Coast
- 5% of all $2 bills currently in circulation
- 6% of the team that employs him
Want to guess what, as of Monday afternoon, $500 million can't buy him?!
Patrick Mahomes is a rich man who's about to be a RICH man.
Enter Adam Schefter:
10 years. TEN YEARS. It's an unprecedented contract in the NFL, though there's probably a great argument to be made that Mahomes is an unprecedented NFL player. In three years since being drafted 10th overall, the 2018 league MVP has won a Super Bowl while going 24-7 and throwing for 9412 yards with 76 touchdowns.
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He was also, you may remember, available to Bears' GM Ryan Pace when the Bears had the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, Pace took Mitch Trubisky, who will enter the final year of his rookie contract as one of a few infamous first-round quarterbacks not to have their 5th-year option picked up. Look, I'm sorry, I'm required to mention this part. I don't like it either.
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