Akiem Hicks continues to talk trash on Twitter, and Bears’ fans love it.
Most athletes don’t say much on Twitter.
For the most part, athletes use social media to push their charity work, retweet some love from fans or some videos that include their highlight packages, or maybe they tweet out some very diplomatic comments about themselves or their team.
But of course there are always exceptions, and one of them is the Chicago Bears’ Akiem Hicks.
Hicks is a lot of fun on Twitter. He’s constantly interacting with fans and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
Recently, Pro Football Focus tweeted out something about their “grades” for the NFC North quarterbacks.
There are two things that are alarming there. First, is that PFF feels that Kirk Cousins is the best QB in the NFC North when the QBs are outside of the pocket. At least, that’s how they saw it last year.
If anyone watched Kirk Cousins last year, nobody would have thought he played particularly well. The idea that Aaron Rodgers performed worse than Cousins outside of the pocket is hard to imagine.
Am I going to go back and analyze the tape of every play last year? No. But I will trust my eyes and have my doubts that this is accurate.
I will also trust my eyes and audibly laugh at the idea that Mitch Trubisky’s grade outside the pocket is a 36.0. 36.0!?!? Out of 100? That is funny, folks.
So when Akiem Hicks came across this tweet on Twitter, his response was similar to mine.
Of course, we’d love to know exactly what Hicks is laughing at. Is he laughing at the idea that Trubisky is a 36 grade or that Kirk Cousins was the best in the division? Odds are, it’s both. Regardless, the laugh definitely comes at the expense of PFF and their grading system.
Any objective football fan knows that Trubisky wasn’t a 36 out of 100 when he’s outside of the pocket, whether you are a Trubisky supporter or not, that’s embarrassingly low.
Those same objective football fans know that Kirk Cousins is not the best QB in the NFC North when he’s outside of the pocket.
PFF claims their grades are objective looks at performance, but time and time again we see that they have narratives that they want to push about certain players. As positive as they are about guys like Adrian Amos and Kirk Cousins, they are just as negative about Mitch Trubisky.
Once those narratives begin, PFF rarely wants to change course and will continue to push their portrayals and refuse to change their opinion even when the tape doesn’t match the grade.