I Have Lost ALL Faith in The Chicago Bears as an Organization.

When I wrote yesterday’s free agency blog I briefly touched on the Bears. I didn’t give my take on Jimmy Graham because I had no clue how much they were paying him. Turns out it was SO MUCH MORE than I anticipated. They gave him two years 16 million and 9 million guaranteed.

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Just what this team needed the shittiest Green Bay Packer.

What the fuck?

The Bears just cut Leonard Floyd because they didn’t want to pay him and he signed with the Rams on a 1 year deal for 10 million. So let me get this right, you’re willing to pay a beyond washed-up tight end 8 million a year but not 10 million for a guy who probably still has his best football in front of him. I would much rather have Floyd with Quinn and Mack, and have a deep defense than pay Jimmy fucking Graham who hasn’t been good since he was in New Orleans. He was bad in Seattle with Russell Wilson, he was bad in Green Bay with Aaron Rogers…Guess what he will be in Chicago?

It cool though the Bears traded a 4th round pick for Nick Foles and the contract that is overpaying him. Quarterback problems solved.

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Sweet Nick Foles and Matt Nagy what a combo.

You know what troubles me about former super bowl MVP Nick Foles? His offensive coordinator in Philly was Frank Reich. Frank Reich is now the head coach in Indy. Did Frank Reich, who needs a QB, try and work a deal for Foles? No. Instead, the Colts signed the deteriorating Phil Rivers. This is a concern dude.

Since coming to the Bears GM Ryan Pace has drafted some serious busts with very high draft picks.

Kevin White – Often Injured Bust who is in danger of being out of the league #7 overall.

Mitch Trubisky – #2 overall picked ahead of Mahomes and Watson. They traded up from 3 to 2 to pick this guy because Pace was scared someone else would take him….I wish dude.

Leonard Floyd – #9 overall, not a bust but they also traded up for this pick with Tampa Bay and they cut him before his rookie deal was done.

If Foles wins the starting QB job the Bears will have no starters from picks 2,7,9 overall.

The Bears have a real tendency to trade up for guys who aren’t good. That’s not the mark of a competent GM.

Luckily Pace traded his last two first-round picks (this upcoming draft included) for Khalil Mack employing the strategy of not failing on your first-round pick by virtue of not having one.

NFL Free Agency is all the Sports we Have.

If you went into a coma from drinking too much eggnog in late December just to wake up to the reality of March 17th, 2020 the shock of the world you now live in just might be too much to mentally grasp. This much change could cripple even the strongest of minds. Especially for sports fans. Imagine finding out that Kobe Bryant is dead in a tragic accident, all sports have been canceled until further notice, there will be no March Madness, Tom Brady is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all at the same time! Oh yeah, it’s because of a virus shut down the country and crippled the economy, good luck finding hand sanitizer.

The only relevant “sports” that are happening is NFL free agency which has turned the league upside down with an unprecedented quarterback carousel.

Tom Brady is a Buccaneer.

Phil Rivers is a Colt.

Teddy “TwoGloves” Bridgewater is a Panther.

Ryan Tannehill is the guy in Tennessee.

Cam Newton is looking for a home.

Jameis Winston is looking for a home.

 

New England has no QB as of right now unless you count Jarrett Stidham which I do not. His name may be Jarrett but he has about as much potential as a Jared.

I think that New England will definitely draft a QB the question is how early and who? I saw a mock draft on CBS that had them taking Jacob Eason. Normally I’d say there is no way they would draft Eason…The Pats drafted his father over Dan Marino a long time ago. But then again they did draft Jarrett Stidham.

The guy I would like to see them take a chance on is Jalen Hurts. Hurts is first and foremost a guy who carries himself in a very professional manner. He is a natural leader and a guy that is athletic, smart, and showed improvement as a passer at OU. I have a feeling Bill Belichick is itching to run a different style offense with a more athletic QB. In Hurts you have a guy that is already a Patriot type player with athleticism that will work his ass off to get better each year.

If they took Eason over Hurts then the Patriots just want to try and do the same stuff that they did with Brady except with an ass clown at QB. (I watched way too much of Eason in College to think he’s good.) He would make a great NFL type throw here and there, but there is no consistency to his game and he has problems handling a pass rush that leads to bad decisions.

The Bears signed Robert Quinn (cool) but released Leonard Floyd (not cool) I love Quinn but Floyd is a good player that the Bears just didn’t want to pay, he’s going to find a home somewhere and be awesome.

Bill O’Brien…this guy. WOW.

He trades Nuk Hopkins for David Johnson and a 2nd rd draft pick to Arizona. I don’t know what to say. You could have just kept Hopkins and drafted a running back. You could’ve probably traded Will Fuller for another RB very comparable in ability to David Johnson. This is awesome for Kyler Murray and Arizona Cardinals fans. The NFC West looks to be very competitive next year. It’s very possible that the Rams who were just in the Super Bowl could finish in last place. The Texans are a ship with a buffoon for a captain, I feel bad for DeSean Watson.

Stefon Diggs is now a Buffalo Bill after getting traded for draft picks. I don’t think this will sit well with Vikings fans even if it makes sense. When the Vikings were in Seattle I saw the traveling fan base and there were a ton of Diggs Jerseys. Way more Diggs jerseys than Cousins or Adam Thielen. Diggs was the playoff hero vs New Orleans, those fans love him. Bills Mafia will love him too. I see what the Vikings are doing, they want to free up money to make sure the defense is still solid, and this draft which they now have a ton of picks in is loaded at the WR position. They will probably spend an early pick on a guy who can replace what Diggs gave them. Henry Ruggs would be an ideal fit.

I don’t think the Bears are done making moves they must sign a QB, Chase Daniel is a Detriot Lion now. I’m sure I’ll be back to blog my reaction to the fiasco that is the Bears QB situation.

ATrain Out.

 

NFL Regular Season Review.

Before we jump into the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs lets take a look at how things ended.

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Alrighty let’s go back and look at some of our NFL pre-season prognostications:

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The Jets Failed me as they were not the second best AFC East team, not even close. The rest of these picks were spot on, obviously, the Chargers and Texans pick remain to be seen, but you would take those odds now in a heartbeat. If you got the Bears at 13/2 you’re smiling all the way to the bank.

I also wrote a Blog about Dez Bryant & what it means to be a “contender in the NFL.”

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Where I was Nostradamus: Coaches fired in Tampa Bay, Miami, Arizona, Cincinnati. Also, I was 100% correct about Oakland (obv I made that pick pre-Khalil Mack trade), and Buffalo finished strong but they were trash all season.

Where I was mostly correct: Miami and Washington: neither team made the playoffs but Miami was better than I thought they would be. The Dolphins still fired Gase so that’s a win for the A-Train. Washington I faded because I just thought Philly was going to run away with that Division…which brings us to my big miss.

Where I was wrong: Dallas was the non-contender pick that I was most hesitant about. They have a good O-line and the fade of Dallas was basically an anti-Jason Garrett pro Eagles pick. Early on it looked like nobody in the NFC East was good, but both Dallas and Philly found some footing and made the playoffs. Trading for Amari Cooper helped.

Right about being wrong: Being wrong about Dallas highlighted what I was saying about predictions. Everyone thought the Jags were a contender and look at them now. Dez wanted to go to the Jags, that was one of his “contenders.” Jacksonville contended for the #1 overall draft choice but not much else. Dez Bryant never did find the contender that he was looking for, the Chiefs when they needed a WR signed Kelvin Benjamin. I think that means Dez is probably done.

I also blogged about some of the storylines heading into the NFL Season.

Let’s Start in Cleveland:

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So much has happened in Cleveland since I blogged this WOW! Cleveland did not disappoint. They traded Josh Gordon. Hue Jackson tried very hard to ruin my Browns over pick through pure force of will of incompetence. He was starting Carlos Hyde over Nick Chubb? Then John Dorsey stepped in to save the season. He traded Hyde and fired Hue. He also fired Haley and made Gregg Willaims a Head Coach. The Browns season turned after that and Baker Mayfield looks like a guy to build around.

Biggest Loser of 2018 regular season: Hue Jackson

The first coach fired this season probably never should have been coaching at all. It’s unprecedented for a coach to go (0-16) and keep his job the next year but Hue managed it. This year he took a roster loaded with talent and mismanaged it to a degree I never thought possible. Then after he gets fired by one of God’s miracles the Bengals hire him on. But Hue is a mush and the Bengals season went down the toilet, they lost twice to the Browns, who showed the rest of the NFL that they didn’t stink, they were just weighed down by the cement shoes of a head coach they had.

New QBs in San Fran and KC:

 

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A tale of two seasons really, Don’t doubt the Red Walrus when it comes to QBs. Pat Mahomes should win the NFL MVP this year. Jimmy G. well his season ended before it even started and now we have to wonder “Is he injury prone?”
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Both teams won the division. Both teams are the #3 seed in the conference. In a way, Watson and Trubisky’s seasons were mirror images to each other. They were both fantasy relevant QBs who are a threat to extend plays or run it themselves. Watson was better statistically and remains the better QB right now, but Mitch is also making a name for himself in Chicago.

Major Takeaways from the regular season.

Mahomes is the new alpha QB in the NFL from a statistical perspective and he’s just a joy to watch.

Having a good defense is more important than ever. You saw down the stretch teams that played consistent defense fared very well. Dallas, Baltimore, and Chicago all finished strong behind great defensive units.

Saquon Barkley is incredible but so are a lot of NFL running backs right now. We have seen a resurgence in the value of the RB position. The RB as a valuable pass catcher in modern offenses can’t be understated. Zeke Elliot showed that he’s more than just a ground and pound runner. Kamara creates all kinds of matchup problems for defenses and Todd Gurley is still a nightmare. The RB position feels as strong as it’s ever been.

That’s gonna do it for this blog, enjoy the games this weekend folks. GO BEARS!

The Chicago Bears are making the sequel to “Mack & Me” after plundering the Raiders.

When I woke up on Saturday to the news that Khalil Mack was a Chicago Bear I was beside myself with joy. I mean we filled our biggest need with one of the best possible answers, and we are far enough under the salary cap to extend him. Then the alarms went off…what did the Bears sacrifice in order to get him? Word on the street had been two first round picks. In my mind, that’s a small enough price. But the prospect that it could be more was worrying me.

It turns out it was less…sort of. The Bears did give up two first round picks. Next year and the following year. However, they also got to swap a third round pick for a second round pick next season. It’s this pick swap that I want to talk about, because it’s not insignificant. In fact, I think it was a brilliant move by the Bears GM Ryan Pace. 

Think of the impact this trade could have on each team this season. The Bears are gaining a top three NFL defender out of thin air. The Chicago defense is now championship level when healthy. A move like this could propel the Bears to a division title or wild card. Right now I have them making the playoffs with the Vikings winning the division. Then look over to Oakland where a new coach seems to be rebuilding this team by dismantling it first. They are now very likely going to finish last in the division and could be one of the worst teams in football.

Now let’s go back to the pick swap under the assumption that the Bears finish with a relatively good record, and the Raiders finish near the bottom of the AFC. The first round pick the Raiders will get from Chicago will be near the END of the FIRST ROUND. The second round pick the Bears gained in the swap will be near the TOP of the SECOND ROUND. While the third round pick they lost in the swap will be at the back end of the third closer to the 4th. So if the season plays out like this, what did the Bears really give up? The difference between a first and second rounder is supposed to be 32 picks all thing being equal but in reality, that difference has the potential to be MUCH less. If you want to call the difference of 5-10 spots at the end of the first round a bit of a wash, then the Bears only really gave up a first and a late round third for Mack.

Khalil Mack meanwhile was the #5 overall pick…then he panned out better than expected. The draft capital it takes just to get the #5 pick never mind if it pans outs…is at least two first rounds picks. The Bears robbed the Raiders…the Autumn wind has blown back on Oakland.

I’d just like to say this is further proof that Raiders Fans can’t have nice things. You finally get #blessed with a difference maker to build around and you’re either too stupid or too poor to be able to hold onto it. I can’t wait to see what players the Raiders take with those picks, they will be transcendent I’m sure. The Raiders usually draft pretty well. JaMarcus Russell.

A-Train Out.

I’m Already Triggered By The NFL’s New Helmet Rules.

Training Camp has just started and zero preseason games have been played,  but I’m already loathing the NFL’s approach to “safety” in regard to the new helmet rules. The first trigger was when the reason for Roquan Smith’s holdout became public. I have no idea what the Chicago Bears are thinking at all. I don’t know why you want to nickel and dime the player you think is going to be the cornerstone of this defense. Especially in regard to this cockamamy new rule.

Hey! A-Train, Why don’t you explain the new rule before blogging all about it? You need to give your readers context.

I want to explain the new rules; except the league imposing said rules seems unable to explain them to the teams to whom the rules will apply. That’s the second trigger.

Here is the “Letter of the Law”

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Routine tackles are now 15-yard penalties. FUN!

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The NFL failed when it came to showing the Eagles per a report via ESPN.

It’s all done in the name of safety, but it doesn’t make the game any safer, because there is nothing the players can do most of the time unless they want to NOT TACKLE an opponent. For an NFL defender, NOT TACKLING isn’t an option. So they are still going to make hits like that just all the while taking penalties.

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It’s funny I was originally going to reference a CBS related article on the matter but when I went back I saw this:

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Just over 6 hours it took Goodell’s PR machine to bully CBS into taking down an article. Not Bad Roger.

 

Bullish on The Bears in 2018.

If you’re looking for a team that could come out of nowhere to compete THIS season for the Super Bowl, then look no further than the Chicago Bears. The Bears have the formula for a sleep team in 2018 if I’ve ever seen one. Am I saying they are a lock to win the Super Bowl? No. What I’m saying is this is a team with a garbage record last year that nobody outside of Chicago expects to compete and compete they will.

I am historically a pessimistic Bears fan and with good reason, you need a Quarterback to win in the NFL and the Bears have only been teased by great quarterback play. The Bears made a Superbowl with Rex Grossman and a Conference Championship with Jay Cutler, but c’mon man, that ain’t gonna do it. The Bears historically like to confound the situation by not hiring offensive-minded coaches, see Lovie Smith and John Fox.

What is different this year is that Chicago has a talented young QB in Mitch Trubisky and an offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy. They also added Harry Heistand the best offensive line coach in all of college football to protect their developing QB. Trubisky had a very pedestrian rookie season but Bears had no weapons outside of Tarik Cohen for him to pass too. The skill positions in Chicago were historically bad outside of RB in 2017. In 2018 they will be vastly improved, the Bears made several savvy signings and drafted a potential stud WR in Anthony Miller from University of Memphis.

New Weapons for Trubisky:

Allen Robinson signed from Jax.

Trey Burton signed from Philly.

Taylor Gabriel signed from Atlanta.

Anthony Miller drafted 51st overall.

As the Offense develops the Defense will try to build on last season’s success. The Bears may have had a terrible record last season but they did not have a terrible defense, they just couldn’t score. The Bears may have fired head coach John Fox but they retained Vic Fangio to continue to coordinate the Defense. They then spent the #8 pick in the draft on one of the best college football players I saw last season in Roquan Smith. Smith could have an immediate impact on an already good defense. If he can be the next-gen superstar linebacker that Chicago Football is built on, then an already good defense can become something great. Questions about the consistency of the pass rush remain, and a very good secondary are not very deep, but this is still a solid unit. The kind of unit that can help win a Super Bowl if the Offense can hold up its end of the bargain.

My last and most important piece of evidence is the Mitch Trubisky Tarot Reading that I did before last season, in which the cards foretold that Mitch has Star potential as long as he can ignore the outside media. That’s just fate, and you don’t fuck with fate dude.

-ATrain Out.

 

The End of an Era in Chicago: The Bears Cut Mike Glennon. (this has not officially happened yet.)

I’m a little confused right now. When I heard the Bears made cuts to their roster yesterday I just assumed one of those cut was Mike Glennon. Turns out they just cut Quentin Demps and Pernell McPhee. This is annoying because I have already titled my blog post and I don’t want to change it. Hold on let me look into my crystal ball. The ball is telling me that it won’t be much longer. The ball has been off before, but this time I think it’s correct. There is no way we keep Mike Glennon on this roster.

It’s too bad. The ladies of Chicago are going to miss this stud-muffin quarterback. When this guy took off his helmet in Chicago he was known to soak a woman’s panties to the point of dehydration.

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6’6 most of it cock. Sploosh.

Sadly, Looks Aren’t Everything. <-This is a Life Lesson. Write it Down.

Glennon’s on the field play could not match his off the field looks, though and he got benched for the much uglier, much nerdier named…Mitchell Trubisky. This Journalist thinks that the only reason Glennon has not been cut is as a favor to all the gay and female employees (of which there are many) down at Halas Hall. An unnamed female intern is quoted as saying “Every time he’s in the facilities I just hope to catch a glimpse of that hammer jutting out from his athletic shorts, it’s seriously the only reason I still show up to work, I hate my job. This is off the record right?” I think just for company morale Glennon is here until they absolutely must cut him for cap reasons.

That will leave us with Mitchell Trubisky. I hope this guy can make it in Chicago, a city that is known to have a large population of “size queens.” A special breed of size queen that values neck length above all other traits. Mitch has a neck of average length at best. He will have to win people over with his play on the field because I just don’t see him getting too much play off the field.

I’m sorry but Mitch is a boy, most women want a man.

 

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Enter: Mr. Steal-yo-girl. The name’s Glennon, Mike Glennon. This Black guy helps me keep that groupie beaver at bay, I’m married. (Wink).

After the Bears but Glennon what will be his next step? Sure he could continue to hack away at an NFL career, picking his boogers on the sideline as a backup to a less attractive QB, but why not retire. Do dancing with the stars, start your acting/modeling career. The sky’s the limit. You know this Mike, your giraffe neck has you up there already. Whatever you choose Mike, ATrainSports is Rooting for You.

Atrain Out.

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