Hot Take Tuesday: Total Domination!

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after stripping the football in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after stripping the football in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Hot Take Tuesday: The Incoherent Rantings of a Belligerent Bears fan.

The Chicago Bears are in first place with a 3-1 record. That’s not a bad place to be at the quarter pole of the NFL season. The Chicago Bears are on the bye this week, which you never like early, but with some banged up players, it might come at the right time. It would be great to have Prince Amukamara and Anthony Miller back against Miami.

Do I sound calm and reserved? Good, because I managed the smush the excitement down for one paragraph. The Bears are back, baby!

My Chicago Bears, your Chicago Bears, our Chicago Bears. Get excited, Bears’ fans, enjoy this ride! Yes, it’s early, yes, the Bears are going to lose some more games, but the Bears’ don’t suck. In 2017, the Bears sucked. In 2016, the Bears sucked. In 2015, the Bears sucked. In 2014, the Bears sucked. Sensing a pattern? Well, that pattern is broken , my friends.

I don’t know how good the Chicago Bears are. They might be great, they might be good, but they aren’t terrible and that’s a huge step in the right direction. But let’s enjoy this victory by the Bears. It’s not often the Bears drub an opponent like they did on Sunday.

Mitch Trubisky

Let’s start with Peyton Mann, er, Mitch Trubisky. That is how you put it all together if you are a young quarterback! Wait, listen for it, listen for it, there it is, the haters! “Who cares? Tampa’s defense is terrible.” Let them wallow in their misery. These people don’t want to be happy, and all they want is something to complain about.

If Trubisky does this to the Patriots, they’ll say, “Well New England isn’t as good as they’ve been in past years.” Don’t listen to these complainers. Trubisky played a bad defense; Trubisky torched a bad defense. You know what you are supposed to do when you play a bad defense? You torch them.

Drew Brees had a great game against Tampa, but he had less yards of offense and half as many TDs. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles had over 100 less yards of offense and only 1 TD. Ben Roethlisberger had half as many TDs and 100 less yards of offense as well.

Wait a minute, so Trubisky’s performance doesn’t matter because the Bucs are terrible but Brees lost to this team, and the two future hall of famers (Brees, Big Ben) combined for the same number of TDs as Trubisky? Shut up, haters. We don’t need to hear from you.

Bottom line with Mitch, it wasn’t just the numbers. He didn’t see ghosts, he was poised in the pocket, he hit his spots, made the proper reads, he looked off safeties, pump-faked and looked like a fantastic NFL quarterback. Heck, on the Allen Robinson TD, Mitch threw it to the spot before Robinson broke to the outside. He was that good.

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Khalil Mack

I haven’t spent too much time talking about Mack in these columns because he is getting so much love everywhere else, but I can’t stay quiet any longer. Mack is so good, even Gruden is taking the L now. Mack is cruising to defensive player of the year honors and if he keeps this up, he will be in the MVP conversation. With Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff playing like they are, it’ll almost inevitably end up going to a QB, but if it goes to a non-QB, Mack will be at the top of the list.

You know what Mack is? He’s Jordan. Yup, Michael Jordan. No, I’m not saying he’s to the NFL what Jordan is to the NBA, but every year, everyone in NBA circles knew Michael Jordan was the MVP and most of the time they gave it to someone else.

After watching Mack, and admittedly not watching him as much when he’s in Oakland, I’m convinced he’s the defensive player of the year every year, and they just choose to give it to someone else sometimes. Don’t stop me with Aaron Donald. I know all about Aaron Donald. He’s a monster. I’ve watched plenty of Donald, he’s not Mack.

Bye Week

It’s early, and that doesn’t bother me. Let’s get Anthony Miller and Prince Amukamara healthy. Let’s enjoy it. Go out to your local watering hole and raise a pint, the Bears are in first place, and that isn’t changing for at least a couple of weeks. It’s a beautiful time to be a Bears’ fans, so haters, pipe down, I don’t want to hear from you.

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Quick Hits

  • Bilal Nichols may be Ryan Pace’s best fifth round pick yet. That includes Adrian Amos in Jordan Howard. There is that much potential there.
  • James Daniels got out there and mowed some people down. Once he understands NFL blitz schemes, he’s going to be an All Pro. Not a Pro Bowler, an All Pro. Nobody that young should be manhandling NFL 1s the way he did against Tampa.
  • Cody Whitehair has really settled down after those yips, snaps aren’t an issue right now. Keep your fingers crossed.
  • There were some rumors that Jordan Howard left the game in a huff on Sunday because he wasn’t happy with his usage. If that’s true, shove off, Jordan. This is a team. If Trubisky is torching the secondary like he was, we don’t need 4-yard runs out of you. That’s the way it goes.
  • Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton all having big days just shows the versatility of this offense. Don’t forget, we are still waiting for the return of Adam Shaheen who is going to be a great red zone threat and a nice security blanket for Trubisky.
  • Aaron Lynch continues to prove that he was an excellent signing by Ryan Pace. I dogged the signing and was down on it especially with Lynch out all August. I was wrong.
  • Mitch F’n Trubisky- that was a thing of beauty, kid.