ComcastNBC cousin Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com has never shrunk from a head-on collision with an issue. He certainly isnt now.
The Bears hope they are approaching the end of their search for a new general manager. Mike is among those who dont necessarily question the dismissal of Jerry Angelo, but who think George McCaskey and Ted Phillips didnt go far enough if that was their decision on the top football guy.
Its such a backwards process, Mike said Wednesday on The McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. You keep your head coach, you drag your feet to hire the general manager, and then the general managers hands are going to be tied. How are you really going to get your best man for the job when, as he walks through the door, he knows he cant change the head coach?
That is just such a short-sighted approach. I havent agreed with it from the moment Jerry Angelo was fired. If youre going to fire the GM, you have to fire the head coach.
Mike said some folks in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl are telling him that Phil Emery, one of the Bears two GM finalists along with Jason Licht, is telling people that he has the Bears GM job but no ones believing him.
Mmmm, that ones a little hard to go with. Its a small football fraternity and you never put it out there that youve got a job. No. 1, its bad luck. No. 2, its even worse form. Your employer puts that news out. Or youre out.
David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.
Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season.
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The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.
There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.
He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.
Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.
Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.
Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.