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Cold Takes: A Look At Chicago’s Win Over

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# 22.10.2018 - 04:03:50

“Hot Takes” from Sunday’s Chicago-Tampa game all over the net. In this series , I’m letting some time pass, and after reviewing the game tape a couple of times, I’m going to share some “Cold Takes.” These are just a series of my thoughts and observations, presented in no particular order.My game ball goes to Vic Fangio and the entire defense. To hold the highest scoring offense in the league to a field goal and a garbage-time TD while getting 4 sacks, 3 turnovers, etc... that’s pretty good. For the second week in a row, I’m not going to talk about Mitchell Trubisky. He’s being discussed enough elsewhere. Let’s talk about his teammates instead. Kevin White didn’t have a single target out of his 28 snaps, but he still contributed big-time with several bone-crushing blocks. Being a blocking wide receiver is a long, long way from his draft position, but still, at least he’s doing something to help Chicago win. Unfortunately, that doesn’t elevate him above “bust” status, but it’s at least something. We had another Josh Bellamy sighting. This just in, he’s better at catching passes than he used to be. He’s a perfectly legit #4-5 wide receiver & special teams ace. Can we stop the ‘drops everything’ routine?Speaking of drops, the Bears have ateam-wide grand-total of two drops on the season. Two. Trey Burton and Anthony Miller, in case you were wondering, not Jordan Howard or Josh Bellamy.Before we go any further, we have to admit that the Tampa Bay defense is just really, really bad. They have some talent on their defensive line, but past that? No. They came into Chicago averaging 34 points a game allowed, and left with a worse average.I’ve watched the tape 3 times now, and frankly, I’m not really sure what they were trying to do on defense. Stop the run, perhaps. Not our problem, let the Tampa fans stew on that.Tarik Cohen & Taylor Gabriel are a killer gadget combination.Matt Nagy is really, really smart. He developed a game plan assuming that Jordan Howard would be the focus of the defense, and anticipated that the Bucs would play a “make Mitch beat us” scheme. I’m not really sure if the Bucs actually tried this, because I have no idea what they were actually doing except “fall down go boom then cry”. Expect the next Bears opponent to blitz the living daylights out of the Bears. Giving Trubisky time to set his feet and throw is a very, very bad way to defend the Bears. Aaron Lynch did a thing. Then he did another thing. I’m no longer surprised that these things he’s doing are good. Good free agent signing by Ryan Pace.We had Daniels and Daniel sightings... both James Daniels and Chase Daniel hit the field. From what I can tell, James did pretty well.As far as Chase goes, I guess anybody who was saying “Chase Daniel is going to come into the game to take over from Mitch Trubisky” were, indeed, right. Excellent taking a knee by Chase.Now, on to the fun looking two quarterback set. There’s going to be mayhem from that formation one of these games. Looking forward to seeing the options. Please stop with the “Leonard Floyd isn’t doing anything” narrative. He’s playing VERY well, thank you very much. He had a pass defended, and he and Roquan Smith were sweeping the field just past the line. Here’s the thing... with the amount of pressure that Khalil Mack and the front three can put on the QB (or Lynch and the front three when he is in), Fangio isn’t blitzing Floyd very much, rather, he’s putting him into coverage. The difference between this year and last year is Mack. Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear. I know this isn’t news to anybody, I just like saying it.Jon Gruden is an idiot. I know this isn’t news to anybody, I just like saying that too. Jon Gruden is an idiot. Jon Gruden is an idiot. Jon Gruden is an idiot. There, that feels about right. It’s interesting reading the comments of the other fanbases in the NFC North. Lions fans think Chicago is horrible and that Mitchell Trubisky is the worst quarterback in the league. Packers fans don’t think about anything except basking in the glow of Aaron Rodgers. Vikings fans are afraid of what Chicago is becoming. Seriously. Check out the Daily Norseman comment section.The next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings will be John DeFilippo.The next head coach of the Green Bay Packers will be coming along sooner than most people think.Did you see all of those Cody Whitehair bad snaps these last two weeks? Yeah, I didn’t either.On the one hand, the Bears lost the time of possession battle to Tampa Bay. That’s what happens when you drive the ball down and score in three-minutes or less six-or-seven times. Surprisingly, I’ve STILL heard fans complaining that we were throwing the ball too much. Note to all: If you are complaining about your own team’s offense that puts up 48 points in a game, then you have issues. Serious issues. Tampa Bay has eaten two 40 burgers this season. Surprisingly, they are 1-1 in those games.The Chicago Bears are 3-1 largely because they are second in the league in turnover ratio, at a whopping 6+ through four games. The Bears have 8 interceptions in 2018. The Bears had 8 interceptions in 2017, 8 interceptions in 2016 and 8 in 2015. In 2014, they had 14 for the season.If you project on out for a full season, that would be 32 interceptions for the year. That, of course, is silly. Still, the rate is WAY up this season. Chicago leads the NFL with 18 sacks. Chicago leads the NFL for yards lost on sacks at 109Chicago is second in the NFL in interceptions at 8 Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey , one behind our next opponent, Miami.Chicago leads the NFL in pick-6’s with 2.Chicago leads the NFL in forced fumbles with 8.Chicago punter Pat O’Donnell is 8th in the league in net punting at 44.4 yards.The more I see of Trey Burton, the more I get excited about the things he can do in a Matt Nagy offense. He had a sweet game against Tampa.Allen Robinson is a legit #1 WR, but he’s not at this point in time a top-5 guy.Wait. Jon Gruden is an idiot. There, I had one more in me. Now, back to the Bears.If Matt Forte had played in a competent offense like a good Andy Reid scheme, he would have been a first ballot Hall Of Fame player. Can you imagine Matt in his prime on this team, with his ball catching abilities? Taylor Gabriel is not overpaid. Trey Burton & Allen Robinson are not overpaid. Aaron Lynch is not overpaid. OK, wait... check that, they are ALL overpaid because NFL players make a STUPID amount of money... but I’m saying they are not overpaid in terms of NFL players. This 2018 draft could end up being an all-time great one for Chicago.Roquan Smith is really playing well already. Not perfect, but no glaring errorsJames Daniels looks like a 10-year starter, and that 10-years begins very, very soon.Anthony Miller looks great, I’m worried a bit about the shoulder. Joel Iyiegbuniwe - obviously we don’t know yet, but you have to wonder when Sam Acho went down for the year (damn it!) if Iggy doesn’t slot into the cover OLB role somewhere. Bilal Nichols is absolutely balling out, the way he’s been playing and picking up minutes it looks like we have another Ryan Pace 5th Round Gem. Kylie Fitts and Javon Wims both are too soon to tell anything good or bad. Best wishes and quick healing to one of my favorite Bears players, Sam Acho.Kyle Fuller was basically invisible in this game, which simply means Tampa was picking on the rookie, not Fuller. Good game by #23.Cody Parkey did 8 things. All of those things were good. I’ll take that. Parkey’s kicked the ball to score 22 times, and has made 21 of them. That’s pretty good. So what do you think, Chicago Bears fans... let’s hear it, spill the beans!Five Questions with Bucs Nation: “I would still play Winston Sunday” When I think of the Buccaneers, the first image that comes to mind is the orange unis and the rogue logo and, quite frankly, the bad football team from the old NFC Central days. It never made sense that the Bucs were in the “central” division, but that was rectified with expansion and realignment of the Bucs to the NFC South. With the Buccaneers sailing to Chicago for a week 4 showdown between two of the better early season stories, we tracked down the Bucs Nation pirate ship to talk to Captain Gil Arcia. I don’t know how many people had predicted this would be a showdown of one of the league’s hottest QBs against the league’s hottest defense a month ago, but here we are. Windy City Gridiron: 1. Let’s talk about the sensation that is the continual rebirth of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career and the interesting QB situation in Tampa. The Harvard grad has shot out of the gates with an unbelievable 1,230 yards, 11 TDs against 4 INTs and even chipped in 68 yards on the ground and another score. He’s a big reason the Bucs are off to a strong 2-1 start, but Jameis Winston is returning this week from suspension. What is the whole story of Fitz, Jameis, and the future of the QB position in 2018 and beyond?Bucs Nation: I believe the team will play Fitzpatrick this week against Chicago. I think Jameis will have a better chance of returning Week 6 after the bye. Now, Fitz didn’t have that great of a game on Monday Night Football. If it were me, due to the short week, I would still play Winston Sunday. Winston still practices during his own time using the team’s exact time they schedule them, held walk-throughs, etc. with former NFL and others during the three weeks he was gone. People are concerned about rust, but I think that is a reach.WCG: 2. I was somewhat surprised that Head Coach Dirk Koetter survived Black Monday last year. There were some offseason rumors linking Tampa to Jon Gruden, so looks like you dodged that bullet there or Mike Evans might be playing somewhere else. Have you noticed a difference in Koetter this season and do you believe he has this team headed in the right direction?BN: Ownership is understanding of certain situations. They really like Winston and understand he played with a hurt shoulder for the majority of the year which may have perhaps given Koetter an extra season. But I ultimately feel that wasn’t all necessarily the case. General manager Jason Licht and Koetter are practically tied to each other. Licht got an extension through next season. If the team fails next year, it’ll be a new regime. But if they fall flat on their faces this year, there won’t be a 2019 for any of them.WCG: 3. The Bucs feature a fun group of pass catchers, led by Mike Evans and the ageless DeSean Jackson. What has Chris Godwin and OJ Howard added to this group and how do all four work together in this passing game? Is there one guy the Bears should focus on taking away or do they need to play it straight up because of the diverse skill sets?BN: They certainly give opposing defenses headaches when it comes to game planning against them. Evans and Jackson are always going to receive the most attention. But Godwin, Howard, and even Cameron Brate are threats, too. Bears may be better off playing them straight up. Steelers did some of that Monday night but Fitzpatrick still managed to throw for over 400 yards.WCG: 4. The defense is led by the great Gerald McCoy, one of the best players and unique personalities in this league. Along with a couple former Bears (Chris Conte and Mitch Unrein), who else should Bears fans be familiar with on the defense?BN: Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David and definitely defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Second year safety Justin Evans has really come on strong since the second half of his rookie season last year. And with Conte on I.R, keep an eye on rookie Jordan Whitehead as he may be getting some action.WCG: 5. Back to Fitzpatrick because I just can’t help myself - what percentage of Bucs fans are going to dress up as “Ryan Fitzpatrick in DeSean Jackson’s clothes” for Halloween next month? Are we talking >50%? Set the over/under for us. BN: I really hope it’s well under 50%. Because by that time, either the hype has died down or he’s already back to backing up Winston.Editor’s note: I’m hoping it’s well over 50% - that’s an amazing look!WCG: Bonus: I’ve been to Tampa a few times and love the place but I wonder if people from the Midwest are familiar with the tradition of Gasparilla. What is it and how much rum is consumed over that time period? BN: Lol. Well, it’s kind of like a pirate invasion of Mardi Gras right smack in the middle of a sunny day. So it can get very hot at times. As for rum consumption, it’s probably a lot. But I was never much of a drinker when I used to go. Now with a wife and two little girls later, I tend to lean towards the family friendly version of Gasparilla which is held the week prior.Thank you to Gil and Bucs Nation!
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