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CBA Watch: Sorting through proposals

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CBA Watch: Sorting through proposals

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
11:37 a.m.
By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com
A long-time member of the NFL hierarchy told CSNChicago.com with no particular agenda, just an observation that he had never seen ownership as united as a group as they were through this current situation. That did not bode well for the players side finding cracks in the form of individual owners willing to break ranks.

On the other hand, the spitting and belittling that went on around Jay Cutlers knee injury in the NFC Championship game, while not part of any negotiating situation, helped foster the image of players willing to trash each other. Add to that items like the Twitter war between Antonio Cromartie and Matt Hasselbeck and the image being created is of a players bloc somewhat less than always solid.

Colleague Matt Maiocco at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area obtained a copy of an NFLPA internal memo and provides an excellent look at some of the intricate elements of salary proposals being discussed. The salient issue there concerns how players coming into the league are paid and is very much a subject on the table.

And Tom Curran out at Comcast SportsNet New England breaks down some of the math behind the NFLPAs proposal for revenue splits, that its 50-50 offer isnt necessarily all it seems.

A caveat in all of this: Nearly three weeks remain before the Mar. 3 deadline on the agreement, and myriad proposals and meetings will be happening between now and then. Tom notes the way that the proposal confuses the conversation immensely. A lot of that going on these days.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Akiem Hicks reveals what makes him so good against the run

Akiem Hicks reveals what makes him so good against the run

Akiem Hicks finally earned the recognition he deserved in 2018 with his first trip to the Pro Bowl, and playing on the NFL’s No. 1 defense provided the national attention he should have received in his first two years with the Bears.

He’s a solid interior pass rusher, but where he dominates is in run defense, leading the NFL in run stops last season according to Pro Football Focus.

When Hicks beats an offensive lineman at the line of scrimmage to make a big tackle in the backfield, it’s a work of art, and he revealed the secret to those flashy plays on NFL Game Pass.

He broke down the film of a play against the Green Bay Packers where he beats center Corey Linsley because he knew right guard Jordan McCray was going to pull to the left.

“I read it before the snap happens. I know that McCray is going to pull just based off his stance,” Hicks said. “I know his stance for every play that he’s going to do. I’m going to be at least 75 percent right.”

Hicks looks at how much weight an offensive lineman is putting on his hand, how far apart his legs are and how much bend is in his hips.

“If you do your due-diligence as a defensive lineman and prepare like a professional during the week, you’re going to know,” Hicks said.

Any little deviation from a normal stance is an indicator to Hicks of what the play is going to be, and that pre-snap knowledge keeps him a step ahead of the blocker in front of him.

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense.