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Martellus Bennett has curious role model as he heads to Patriots

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Martellus Bennett has curious role model as he heads to Patriots

Sorting through the aftermath of the Bears trade of Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots: Some thoughts would be ... it brings some curiosity to the New England culture.

Bennett spoke with Patriots media via conference call on Thursday and was philosophical about the need to be adaptable in life, certainly in NFL life: "You just be prepared to make sure you flow where the wind goes. Try to be a dandelion."

A dandelion. Really? Try to be like that weed that infects lawns every spring by producing those puffballs of white seedlings that blow like snow on the wind? Not to make too much out of a casual simile, but dandelions are things that make a mess out of an otherwise nice lawn. I made my front yard into wildflowers and natural stuff, and dandelions manage to make a mess out of even that. You get rid of ‘em or they mess with the rest of the year, too. And they really don’t make very good wine, either.

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Back in 2013 Bennett arguably gave a foreshadowing of his undoing in Chicago. Talking with ESPN’s Calvin Watkins, who was covering the Dallas Cowboys when Bennett arrived there as a second-round draft choice, Bennett admitted to why he had struggled in Dallas.

“It was more attitude,” Bennett told Watkins. “I think I never accepted my role in Dallas and I always was fighting with what my role was instead of just accepting it.”

Sound familiar?

A final straw in Bennett’s Bears tenure involved his unhappiness over a lessened role in the offense going into a Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup against the Green Bay Packers last season. Bennett was an attitude problem that week, the Bears put him on the inactive list and went to Green Bay and beat the Packers.

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Bennett said all the requisite things about Rob Gronkowski, the linchpin of the Patriots passing offense and the consensus best at his position in the NFL.

"I think Gronk has always been an awesome tight end and I look forward to learning more about him," Bennett said. "There are some things that he does that I don’t do, and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of things that I do that he doesn’t do, so it’ll be a good challenge to push each other and continue to help us grow as individual players as well as a tandem to do what we can to help the team."

If there are a “lot of things” Bennett does that Gronkowski doesn’t, this may be news to a lot of NFL linebackers, defensive backs and coordinators.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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.