Nothing like listening to midday sports radio to get me pissed off. The Speigel and Parkins show, which is on in the late morning, is a bit of a joke. Matt Speigel talks out of his ass most of the time and the show has a college radio feel that permeates through most of the Score 670’s lineups. It didn’t help that the segment I listened to was during their weekly get together with Rich Campbell, the Bears beat writer from the Chicago Tribune. I haven’t paid that much attention to Campbell until this year, when I decided to re-devote myself to sports writing. His focus has been so much on Mitchell Trubisky, that listening to him just makes me angry.
All along, since the Bears traded 3 picks to move up one spot and draft Trubisky, he is a topic that stirs a lot of anger in me. I initially thought the Bears draft was a joke, and told friends and family, that it may have been their worst in history. That was wrong. Forget the quarterback situation. Forget the fact that GM Ryan Pace drafted 2, division 2 players.
I understand we don’t call the other levels of college football by division 2 or division 3 anymore. But ask any layperson and they don’t know the difference between a major college football player (FBS) and one who comes from an FCS school. So I will continue to refer to players from lower levels of college football as division 2, ok… ok. That’s where Bears draft picks, Adam Shaheen, in the second round, and Tarik Cohen, in the third round, came from.
When I refer to being wrong about this draft, I am talking about future star safety Eddie Jackson. He was fourth round pick from Alabama, who was drafted while rehabbing a broken leg. I feared, because of past Bears history, that he would never play or wouldn’t be any good, because any time the Bears draft a player with such problems, let’s just say it doesn’t turn out too good for them, or for us… as fans.
But this kid is the second coming of Mike Brown. Brown is maybe one of the most underrated Bears of all time. He was a hard hitting, ball-hawking nightmare for other teams. He has probably been forgotten because he played with Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, but he was as good, if not better, than both of them. If Jackson has that kind of career, like Brown, or even Mark Carrier had, then you can grade this as at least a B grade draft, regardless of what Trubisky, Shaheen and Cohen do.
Now I have quickly gotten over any ill feeling about certain media jamming Trubisky down my throat during the preseason and start of the regular season. Glennon’s turnovers and the teams’ overall lack of inspired play with Glennon in charge, will do that to ya. But I just want to ask this, Rich Campbell. How do you feel about switching to Trubisky now?
Campbell gave bullshit excuses on the Score, about the Bears lack of receiving corps to Speigel and Parkins. And they together, gave a little blame to Pace for this problem, while also wondering aloud if Shaheen is a bust, a half-season into his career. These were the same guys that praised picking up the division 2, “baby Gronk”, back in April. They said, “Did you see how he dominated at Ashland college?” ASHLAND COLLEGE!! And now they wonder if he might be a bust, when he can’t get on the field for more than 20 snaps a game.
If your going to have an opinion, PICK A LANE AND STAY IN IT! I’m surprised these guys don’t get whiplash they turn so often and that quickly. They have also wondered, weeks after clamoring for him, if Trubisky is the answer, and whether or not the Bears should just throw more often to develop him, victories be damned. These guys aren’t talking heads, they are talking bobble heads.
Look, it’s inevitable that young quarterbacks struggle, I was not in favor of replacing Glennon so soon. It’s not just their inexperience working against them. There are hoards of actual people working against them, most of the time with vast experience and knowledge. Coaches, players and these old guys in the stands, on the sidelines, and in video rooms… they are called scouts. They are trained lifers in their sport, to look for weaknesses and things that can be adjusted to and from. The talking bobble heads think everything is so easy, they don’t see the big picture. There is a reason that not every player improves every year with more experience and with better talent around them. It’s spelled s c o u t s. Just ask Derek Carr this year, ask Jameis Winston.
It seems to me that Mike Glennon completed passes at a 67% clip with this same receiving corps., which was good enough for 9th in the league still today. They said Trubisky would be more accurate, he’s less than 48% accurate, that he would also have more escapability and be more mobile. Well he still gets sacked, doesn’t walk on water, and he still throws interceptions late in games, just like Cutler did. In fact, he has been sacked more than Glennon, in the same amount of games 11-8. He has made a couple of plays the last couple of weeks, but you could easily argue that Trubisky’s 2-2 record as starter is more because of head coach John Fox going ultra-conservative in those two wins. When the possible defensive rookie of the year Eddie Jackson scored twice in one victory and Tarik Cohen passed for a touchdown in the other.
But Rich Campbell and hosts all over the Score-670 am, think the kid does no wrong and have contemplated replacing Fox with the defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in the off season. Like they are writing off this season already. Better not tell the Bears players that, if the Score wants interviews the rest of the year.
That these clowns offer no criticism of the offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is further infuriating. Last week I realized I was forgetting an l on his first name, the same way he must have forgotten to run the ball, when they were averaging 5.1 per rushing attempt against Drew Brees and the Saints. Double the rushing average when they beat the Carolina Panthers. He says the game plan was to run the ball, but Loggains eagerly chucked that, after the Bears fell behind early. They of course passed more than they had run against the Saints, and they lost a close game. Hmmm. On their final drive, when they had 3rd and 1, they passed, incomplete. When they had 4th and 1, they passed, incomplete. Gave up the ball and lost. Hey, you don’t have to give the ball to a running back, let Mitchell run with it since EVERYONE SAYS he’s soooo athletic. Sheesh! You could’ve ran 2 quarterback sneak’s and gotten the first down to continue the last drive.
They were wondering , hmmm, why have the Bears cut Tarik Cohen snaps from almost 60 % down to 27 % in the last 3 games. Why don’t you ask the coordinator? Instead they blame Fox for the Bears failure to get Cohen the ball in space. All they do is talk, talk…
It a sickness in this country right now. That people feel the need to defend their opinions so vigorously in the face of fact or considering other possibilities. They will talk themselves silly into corners and not consider the possibility that they might be wrong. I am often guilty of this and have adopted a new rule. They say at dinner time, if you want to lose a little weight, you should leave 10 or 20 percent of the food on your plate. I am going to admit that at least 10 to 20 percent of what I say is wrong, and will freely admit it.
In last weeks preview I called for screen passes to either Cohen or Howard, with both players on the field together. The Saints must’ve heard me because that’s exactly what they did to the Bears with their running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Drew Brees completed 9 passes, many of them screens, to Ingram and Kamara throughout the game to keep the Bears pass rush at bay, and pick up large chunks of yards. Considering that the Saints made first downs on 11 completed passes, shows this was a good game plan Now I know I could do Speigel and Parkins jobs better than they can, Rich Campbell and Dowell Loggains? Umm, could be… that’s all folks!
Coming soon–The mid term grades for everybody and everything. Have something you want graded? Text me.