It is predictable that the media, that poisonous media, that surrounds the Bears, and called for the benching of Mike Glennon, in favor of rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, is already losing patience. Now, 7 games in, they are starting to question the merits and whether or not Trubisky can be a successful quarterback for the Bears, something I questioned from the get go. Not to mention the trade package used to acquire him.
I JUST READ AN ARTICLE CALLING FOR THE BEARS TO DRAFT ANOTHER QUARTERBACK. Oh my god! Get some lorazapam for all the beat writers! All they do is feed off of each others regurgitation’s and negativity. I seriously wonder if these guys are like this around their families and friends. They flip flop so much, backtrack and critcize so much, it just makes them seem like the most miserable people, especially Rick Morrissey from the Sun-Times. There is nothing fresh there, just constantly tearing down people.
Aside from my own feelings about the quarterbacks on the Bears, there was one thing that I noticed when the Bears game was over and everyone was at midfield. Trubisky and Carson Wentz greeted each other at mid field and I was shocked at how much taller Wentz was over Trubisky. They say Wentz is 6 foot 5 inches tall, I believe it. They say Trubisky is 6 foot 3 inches tall and I say bullshit, I don’t even think he is 6 ft 2.
Wentz towered over Trubisky. Trubisky’s appearant lack of height is a problem for any quarterback in the NFL, not named Drew Brees or Russell Wilson, who are both 6 ft nothing, but awesome and probable Hall of Famer’s. The New Orleans Saints have a decade-old scheme for Brees that involves zone blocking, allows clear lanes for Brees to see, and throw through, so that his passes don’t get batted down. Wilson, one of the best athletes in the league, relies on his scrambling ability, which allows receivers extra time to get open.
Trubisky is not as athletic as advertised by the beat writers that called for his promotion. They touted his escapability as a reason to start him over Mike Glennon, who appeared awkward at times. But Trubisky has been taking sacks at an alarming rate and for big losses, and those same beat writers are now flip flopping, openly questioning now, whether or not, he is the Bears quarterback of the future.
Not to pick on Dowell Loggains again, but I hear he is 5 foot 8 inches, if that. That means he has never played quarterback, and I’m sorry, but I think the Bears should have a coordinator who has played quarterback before, at a high level.
Now I have been writing about the Bears all year, and since their season is starting to wind down, with a bit of a whimper, it is time to shift attention to some of the other teams in town with their current events and issues. People I know have clamored for something written about specific other teams in town, so here we go…
We all know that they fell short of the World Series this past year. You should also know that the Cubs gave up 7 players in their farm system in two deals, in the past 15 months. Four prospects to the Yankees, to rent Aroldis Chapman for a couple of months, that paid off with World Series rings, was very good at the time the Cubs won it all. Then this season, the Cubs dealt three more prospects to the White Sox, to acquire Jose Quintana, a pitcher the Cubs will have for 2 more seasons. Seven prospects for one pitcher in their rotation a year later, and not winning the Series again. Not to mention the fact that the Cubs are almost certain to lose Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis to free agency. This is not a sustainable way to keep winning in major league baseball, the shear volume is too much to give up.
That’s why when, Justin Verlander was available from the Tigers at the waiver-trade deadline of August 31st, the Cubs fell short in the bidding, because they had already traded away their top prospects. Verlander went to Houston right at the deadline for waiver-trades, where he won the World Series. You can easily argue that the Cubs could of, or would of, won the World Series had they allocated their resources a bit better.
They traded Jeimer Candelario, their top power hitting prospect, who plays third base and the outfield, along with two other prospects, for Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila, right at the deadline for trades on July 31st, and he wasn’t even on the roster for the second round of the playoffs. Avila declared for free agency as soon as the season ended. Candelario or possibly Kyle Schwarber should’ve been the piece they used to acquire Verlander, and then moved Mike Montgomery back to the bullpen full time.
You could argue that Kyle Schwarber, who has no real defensive position, would’ve made a more enticing package, and would have been better to trade to an American League team, where they have the Designated Hitter rule. Candelario finished the season in the major league with the Tigers at third base and played very well. The Cubs incumbent third baseman, Kris Bryant can also play outfield better than Schwarber. The Bryant-Candelario, combo may have represented a better future offensively and defensively, than Bryant-Schwarber, and I strongly believe Schwarber could’ve netted Verlander.
Theo Epstien and company missed big time on those deals, and I believe it cost Cub nation a second consecutive championship. Anyone who knows Theo’s past performance in Boston should not be surprised at missteps after winning it all. He did the exact same thing in Boston before the Cubs saved him with a contract to become their general manager. In 2012, both the team that Theo left, and the team he came to, finished in last place. An ending and a beginning both serving as possible warning signs of what will come to Cubs nation. Theo figures he won it all and that’s enough, is it?
Handing out HUGE SUMS OF MONEY to players like Hayward, Zobrist and Lester, who end up as vastly overpaid midway through their contracts, ends up crippling the depth of any team. Trades need to be made to plugs holes, and once you make one bad trade, you’ll make another out of sheer desperation. Trading away too many prospects is another way to deplete depth. Lately, Theo and the Cubs front office has been guilty of both. The trades I highlighted are just a small sample size of what they have given up. Go look at the transactions list of moves they have made the last two years (goto yahoo sports, look up Cubs) and see if you feel good about the direction of the team.
Now comes word this morning that the Cubs are letting reliever Hector Rondon and his $6 million contract go. They in turn signed a free agent reliever off the street, who makes the league minimum and was cut by his team two months ago. Now I’m not saying the Cubs are heading for last place… yet, but enjoy the 13 month anniversary of your World Series win. There probably won’t be another for a while. Unless they open a bank vault of money on the free agent marketplace!