View from the Moon: Angry Bears turn to 'cold-blooded execution' in beating Vikings

View from the Moon: Angry Bears turn to 'cold-blooded execution' in beating Vikings

During halftime of the Bears game Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Jay Cutler called the locker room to order. The co-captain of the offense, in his first game back from five weeks lost to an injured thumb, talked to his teammates about “cold-blooded execution.” Then the Bears, who had bumbled their way into a 1-6 chasm before Monday, went out and did precisely that to the NFC North leaders.

“They got after us pretty good,” admitted Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer.

In the mind of defensive co-captain Pernell McPhee, the 20-10 win over the Vikings (5-2) should not be a source of relief. It should spur nothing short of anger.

“I hope it pisses everybody [in this locker room] off,” said an emotional McPhee (that’s redundant, actually). “That’s what I hope. I hope it pisses everybody off and know we can dominate the league if we really put our minds to it. We just played a great team and we dominated them. So it’s got to piss everybody off and [make them] say we shouldn’t lose no more games to teams that we ain’t got no business losing to.”

Indeed, where some teams fragment with increasing speed through an extended period of adversity — which the first half of 2016 would clearly qualify as — the Bears have appeared to do the opposite, with what seemed at times over the past couple days to reflect something of a growing fury.

This game played out amid a bit of an anger surge after a national report that the organization had brought in a consultant to evaluate all of football operations. The story was angrily denied by multiple individuals, but also served, as one football staffer told, to fuse people together in the wake of things like one assistant coach’s wife texting her husband, asking, “Are we getting fired?”

“We all sign up for it and we get it,” said coach John Fox. “But I can tell you there is not truth to that report. This is as unified of an organization and football team that I’ve ever been associated with. The National Enquirer has a lot of reports, too.”

Being in a rage doesn’t make you suddenly good, but in the Bears case it kept them agitated. The offense had the positive boost of getting Cutler back. Players said that Cutler delivered a halftime speech that confirmed why he was voted a co-captain by his teammates. The defense got more of McPhee than they did in his halting return in Green Bay. And the miserable results to this point of the year ate at them.

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Even if it was just a baby step and a belated one at that, it was a step.

“It’s something we talked about as a team,” said defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. “It’s going to be a lot better to go into this [off] week 2-6 instead of 1-7 and if that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is. We need to start climbing that hill.”

The offense piled up 403 yards, more 140 more than the previous high against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense. The 20 points were the second-most allowed by the Vikings this season. The defense sacked Sam Bradford five times, tying the Bears’ season high, hit the Minnesota quarterback an additional four times, and limited an admittedly weak Vikings run game just 57 total yards, second-lowest this season.

“They’ve stuck together all this time,” said Fox, whose response to the victory was to give the players the entire week off. “It hasn’t been easy at 1-6 – nobody’s satisfied with that. But they’ve remained close, they’ve worked hard and they’ve had a great attitude. We’re excited to get some time away, heal some guys up and come back for the second half of the season.”

Presumably mad.

Mitchell Trubisky breaks social media silence to support George Floyd protests

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Mitchell Trubisky breaks social media silence to support George Floyd protests

Mitchell Trubisky is using his platform to support Blackout Tuesday and the protests against racial injustice in the United States.

In the post, Trubisky concedes he will never truly understand the struggles black people experience in America, but he stands by them during this time of unrest.

“Throughout my life I’ve been blessed to share the field and locker room with countless black men,” Trubisky said in the post. “These men and teammates have become family to me. Although I could never understand what they have to experience I empathize with them and love them like brothers. I stand with my brothers and sisters in the fight against racial injustices.

“We need to do more. We must do better. Posts, tweets, and statements aren’t enough. We need to take action. We must take the steps together to make systematic changes to prevent these evil acts from occurring.

“Love is stronger than hate. Peace and Unity will overcome violence. Black Lives Matter. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd”

Trubisky broke his social media silence to make his statement. He hadn’t posted on Instagram since Dec. 19, and besides retweeting teammates, friends and brands, he still hasn’t posted on Twitter since May 2019.

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Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd: 

A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.

Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials.