Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
Posted: 4:44 p.m.
By Pat Boyle
What a difference a week makes. Last Monday, it was high fives everywhere you turned for Bears fans and dialogue about repeating as NFC North champs.
Seven days later, we want Mike Martz to stand behind the Bears offensive line and feel every last HIT that Jay Cutler absorbed from the Saints. Maybe at that point, Martz would call a few more running plays.
Not to get all Lovie on you, but we have a long way to go and it sounds like coach Smith has already talked to his OC about a more balanced offensive attack.
If the Bears regroup and find a way to knock off the Packers next week (who got all they could handle from Carolina), I think any reasonable Bears fan would be thrilled with a 2-1 start against that three-headed NFC monster.
By the way, starting next week after the BearsPackers game, Bears Postgame Live will be on immediately after the game on CSN. We will no longer be pre-empted by Cubs or Sox baseball. Insert your own joke here.
At the top of the page, take a look at our Bears PGL remix from this weeks show.
Pat Boyle hosts Bears Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet. You can also watch Pat on SportsNite, Sunday through Thursday at 6:30 and 10. Follow him on Twitter @CSNBoyle.
Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.
The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night.
Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.
For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.