Pro Football Focus, one of the best places to go for the insider stats of the game, is an interesting place to go for an opinion on where Bears talent rates visavis the rest of the NFC North.
PFF has zero Bears named to its NFCN all-division offensive team, not impressed that center Roberto Garza was named to the Pro Bowl squad and going with Minnesotas John Sullivan. The close call was at running back where both Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte both ended the year on IR. Peterson edged out Forte, the far-superior receiver, on the strength of pure running ability. (Not sure Forte or his agent are seeing it that way in their contract negotiations with the Bears.).
Where this gets really fun is on defense.
Julius Peppers was a gimme along with Jared Allen at defensive end. PFF went with a 3-4 arrangement, so only Kevin Williams from the Vikings is at tackle. Henry Melton had more sacks than any other NFCN D-tackle but was downgraded for run-stopping.
Clay Matthews, Stephen Tulloch from Detroit, Erin Henderson from Minnesota and Brian Urlacher are the linebackers? And not Lance Briggs?
Charles Tillman is one cornerback. OK, Pro Bowl guy. And Tim Jennings is the pick over Charles Woodson, who was left as really the nickel guy. Woodson was a lot of reputation in 2011 but really...
Chris Conte was at safety alongside Detroits Louis Delmas, but it isnt an honor Contes likely to frame and cherish: didnt do anything spectacularly over the season but wasnt bad at anything, either, and was beaten less than the other options.
Special teams are worth a chuckle. Robbie Gould, Devin Hester and Adam Podlesh are the picks at their positions. But Detroits John Wendling was the coverage guy over Corey Graham, whos in the Pro Bowl.
Well, its an opinion thing.
As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.
According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.
Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.
Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).
Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.
The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.
NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.
(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school
(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL
(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches
(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job
(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?
(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness
(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks
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