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Robbie Gould named kicker on Bears All-Time Team

Robbie Gould named kicker on Bears All-Time Team

The Bears named Robbie Gould their all-time kicker as they continue to announce each position group leading up to this weekend’s 100 year celebration.

The team announced its Centennial Scrapbook All-Time Team Defense on Monday, featuring Dick Butkus at middle linebacker over Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. The offense will be announced on Wednesday. 

Tuesday’s All-Time Team: Special Teams featured Gale Sayers at kick returner, Devin Hester at punt returner, Gould at kicker and Bobby Joe Green at punter. 

The fan base’s clamoring for a reunion with Gould, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, has waned a bit over the past month. He still has yet to sign the franchise tag from the 49ers and he requested a trade leading up to April’s NFL draft, to which John Lynch & Kyle Shanahan collectively acknowledged with a “that’s cute.” 

Meanwhile the Bears kicking competition currently features Eddy Pineiro, Elliott Fry and Chris Blewitt. And…it’s…going? 

As for Robbie, his latest social media update has him apparently training on an indoor track with the support of an inspirational quote from a guy I admittedly had to look up.

So this is what we know. 

The Bears have acknowledged the obvious - that Gould, a player who has been pretty transparent about his desire to return to the Bears, is the best player in franchise history at a position they desperately have to fix this coming season. 

We also know that the kickers and Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor are supposed to talk on Wednesday to give everyone a gauge of something kicker competition related at the latest OTAs. 

Depending on how that goes, let’s all take a minute to remember how the past month had been pretty quiet on the Robbie reunion front. That was nice.  

Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

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Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

Kirk Cousins wants to be the Vikings QB for the next decade.

And all of Chicago rejoices.

Cousins was singing the praises of rookie lineman Garrett Bradbury, the team’s first round draft pick who will reportedly get the chance to win the starting center job, when he painted a scenario that would have Bears fans rushing to sign on the dotted line with the collective force of Khalil Mack’s one-handed knockout of Riley Reiff.

“I told (Bradbury), ‘I’d like to work together for about the next decade,’ ” Cousins said according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I just tried to set that vision for him and say, ‘You be the guy here for the next decade and let’s not have to worry about having anybody else snap for the quarterback.’ ”

The Bears sacked Cousins six times in two games last season, so someone just let Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman know to blow past Bradbury so quickly that they won’t wrinkle his game day wardrobe.

“He tucks his shirt in every day,” Cousins said. “I think that sends a message right there. He is ready to work. I respect that.”

That’s where everything went wrong in a Vikings' Week 17 collapse with everything on the line against the Bears - a team-wide dress code violation.

It’s good enough news for the Bears that the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for two more years for the rest of his fully guaranteed 3-year $84 million contract. But the idea of making it a full decade?

Yeah, we like that.

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Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

The Bears have the worst quarterback situation in the NFC North, and are 25th overall at the most important position in football, according to these SI.com offseason rankings. 

Do they really, though?

Well, first, these are the QB situations that the Bears are deemed better than:

26. Bills – Josh Allen

27. Broncos – Joe Flacco

28. Bengals – Andy Dalton

29. Bucs – Jameis Winston

God, I sure hope so.

The next closest 2018 playoff team to the Bears ? The Ravens and Lamar Jackson at No. 18, with an asterisk to new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles at No. 22.

As for the NFC North:

4. Aaron Rodgers

19. Matthew Stafford

21. Kirk Cousins

25. Mitch Trubisky

Of course Rodgers is gonna be top 5, but let’s conservatively say more than half of Tyler Dunne’s Green Bay expose was accurate. All of a sudden at the age of 35, the most talented quarterback to ever play is gonna start mentoring young guys and completely buy into a young head coach’s system with Matt LaFleur? He may not even have to for the Packers to be a playoff team, he’s that good, but it’s no guarantee.

Stafford has been to the playoffs just twice in the last seven seasons and has never won a playoff game. And the Lions appear to be stuck with him for at least two more years with a cap hit of about $30 million per season.

And all Kirk Cousins is doing is continuing to draw the skepticism of his own head coach, Mike Zimmer, and putting a massive cooler on his alma mater Michigan State with a Final Four pregame speech. Say it with me, Bears fans: two more years, fully guaranteed for the rest of that $84M.

Which leads us to Mitch, coming off what should have been two fourth quarter comeback (and a game-winning) drives, in the playoffs, entering the biggest offseason of any Bears player in recent memory, while still on his rookie contract.

Are we sure the Bears don’t actually have the best quarterback situation in the NFC North?

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