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Kyle Fuller's future with Bears in question as he continues to sit

Kyle Fuller's future with Bears in question as he continues to sit

One thing that coach John Fox has held to as part of his mission statement coming in as Bears head coach has been getting not only players with talent, but also ones with a football mindset to be part of an all-in, team-first culture overhaul. Talent was not enough for Fox and the Bears to want Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and others around going forward.

Whether Kyle Fuller fits into the Fox player template now is a question of some significance.

Even a glaring need at cornerback may not be enough for the Bears to want Fuller back next season as the former first-round draft pick (2014) continues, four months after knee surgery never described as serious, to stay off the field at a time when teammates have been in need of any quality help they can find.

The choice to stay out now appears to be Fuller’s.

“Any time a guy’s hurt, there’s three stages to getting back to the field,” said defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “One is you’ve got to get medical clearance. Two, the player’s got to say he’s ready to go and feels confident and he’s champing at the bit to go play. And then the coaches get involved and see if he’s better than what the other choices are and if he really is back to being able to play.

“A has happened. B hasn’t, so C is a non-issue.”

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The Bears held the door open for Fuller, designating him as the one player allowed to be brought back from injured reserve onto the active roster. Fuller was designated as that player rather than wide receiver Kevin White and could have returned as long ago as the Nov. 27 game against the Tennessee Titans.

But the weekly Fuller watch has taken on a deeper question about his future, particularly if coaches are in question about his desire to play.

A decision regarding his return still has not reached the coaches.

“I don't try to get into the medical part, until they're medically cleared and until the player's ready to go and says he's ready,” Fangio said. “Then I try and put my two cents in. Until then I try not to think too much about it.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over

Chris Bleck, Sam Panayotovich and Jay Cohen join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over. Will he still be the kicker for Week 1?

6:00- Pro Football Focus says Mitch Trubisky is the 26th-best QB entering the season. Kap would like a word.

9:30- The guy discuss the Bears's punishment to Kyle Long for his practice fights and look back at life and career of Cedric Benson.

16:00- A trip to the Little League World Series did wonders for the Cubs. So after winning the last two on their road trip, are they back?

20:00- Jose Quintana has been on fire of late. Is he the Cubs' ace?

24:00- Eloy Jimenez leads AL rookies in home runs. With Vlad Jr. out, can he win the rookie of the year? Plus the guys discuss Dylan Cease's struggles and another big weekend for Luis Robert in Charlotte.

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PFF ranks Mitchell Trubisky as 26th best quarterback entering 2019

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PFF ranks Mitchell Trubisky as 26th best quarterback entering 2019

No one denies that Mitchell Trubisky needs to continue developing as a quarterback to take the Bears to the next level.

What’s up for debate is how much he needs to improve, and the question will linger well into the 2019 season.

Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 quarterbacks entering the regular season, and they see the Bears quarterback with a lot of work to do.

Trubisky came in 26th, part of analyst Steve Palazzolo’s “Tier 4” of quarterbacks.

“There’s a disconnect between Trubisky’s statistical output and his throw-by-throw performance last season,” Palazzolo wrote. “In order to take the next step, Trubisky must improve his accuracy at 10-plus yards down the field and lower his percentage of uncatchable passes that ranked 31st out of 35 qualifiers.”

PFF did highlight his NFL-best rushing grade among quarterbacks and the value added from Matt Nagy’s offensive system.

But their snap-by-snap grading shows Trubisky needs to be more consistent with this throws, which Palazzolo believes is crucial for the Bears to sustain their success.