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Man this thread has me FIRED UP!

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Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen set to become Bears' thunder and lightning   

Jordan Howard is the Chicago Bears starting running back. There's little debate about that. But there's also little debate about the game-changing talent of Tarik Cohen, the smaller yet electrifying change-of-pace option.

Howard finished 2017 with 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns, a good season by any standard. It was his second-straight year with 1,000 yards, something no other running back in Bears history can say they've done to start a career. Still, there was something special about Cohen every time he touched the ball. He's a touchdown waiting to happen and one of the best offensive weapons on the Bears' roster. 

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Cohen proved he can have success on inside running plays last season and was a much better receiver out of the backfield than Howard. In fact, Cohen is something of a smaller version of Kareem Hunt, the running back Nagy coached to the rushing title in 2017.

But can Howard's workmanlike production really be ignored?

Guys like Howard never get the respect they deserve. He's not a flashy running back; he's not going to juke a defender en route to a 65-yard touchdown. Instead, he wears defenders down through a combination of hard yards and chunk plays. It isn't pretty, but it works.

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The Bears are likely headed for a true thunder and lightning situation this year, and that's not a bad thing. Defenses won't be able to prepare for one style of running back and that should give Nagy, who's been praised for his innovative playcalling, a significant advantage on Sundays.

With Howard thundering through would-be tacklers and Cohen electrifying fans in the passing game, the Bears' backfield may quickly become the most feared in the NFL.

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/jordan-howard-and-tarik-cohen-set-become-bears-thunder-and-lightning

I have to admit, I am a litttle giddy waiting to see just how good this offence will become.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen set to become Bears' thunder and lightning   

Jordan Howard is the Chicago Bears starting running back. There's little debate about that. But there's also little debate about the game-changing talent of Tarik Cohen, the smaller yet electrifying change-of-pace option.

Howard finished 2017 with 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns, a good season by any standard. It was his second-straight year with 1,000 yards, something no other running back in Bears history can say they've done to start a career. Still, there was something special about Cohen every time he touched the ball. He's a touchdown waiting to happen and one of the best offensive weapons on the Bears' roster. 

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Cohen proved he can have success on inside running plays last season and was a much better receiver out of the backfield than Howard. In fact, Cohen is something of a smaller version of Kareem Hunt, the running back Nagy coached to the rushing title in 2017.

But can Howard's workmanlike production really be ignored?

Guys like Howard never get the respect they deserve. He's not a flashy running back; he's not going to juke a defender en route to a 65-yard touchdown. Instead, he wears defenders down through a combination of hard yards and chunk plays. It isn't pretty, but it works.

*****

The Bears are likely headed for a true thunder and lightning situation this year, and that's not a bad thing. Defenses won't be able to prepare for one style of running back and that should give Nagy, who's been praised for his innovative playcalling, a significant advantage on Sundays.

With Howard thundering through would-be tacklers and Cohen electrifying fans in the passing game, the Bears' backfield may quickly become the most feared in the NFL.

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/jordan-howard-and-tarik-cohen-set-become-bears-thunder-and-lightning

I have to admit, I am a litttle giddy waiting to see just how good this offence will become.

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It seems, for now at least, the dogs have been called off general manager Ryan Pace, after he hit an absolute grand slam this Spring, spending money aggressively in free-agency, landing a bevy of sought after targets on the offensive side of the ball, hiring a fresh offensive-minded head coach from the prominent tree of Andy Reid‘s disciples, and obliterating the draft last month.

With faith and optimism flowing anew, this Summer feels like one we haven’t felt in quite some time as Bears fans. Even the most pessimistic of fans and pundits have afforded Ryan Pace and his master plan a period of good will.

So, just how good will the Chicago Bears be in 2018?

Well, barring injuries to key players, the roster and coaching staff in place should be able to bring Bears fans a product that ranges anywhere from; playoff berth dark-horse, to a fun and developing brand of football by a non-playoff team this season. Whichever end of the spectrum the 2018 version of the Bears fall into, it will be a breath of fresh air for one of the most devoted fan-bases in all of professional sports.

Word out of Halas Hall this Spring is, that Matt Nagy has made it his mission to set a new standard and culture for the storied, but recently embattled franchise. Mitch Trubisky has weapons every where he looks, and the defense that turned in a top-10 performance in 2017, was brought back intact, Vic Fangio and all.

Sprinkle in Roquan Smith and the rest of the A+ 2018 draft class, and you might just have yourself the surprise playoff contender of the 2018 NFL season.

We polled a handful of our Chicago Bears writers here at The Loop Sports, and Bears fans themselves, to try to take an early stab at what a healthy version of the 2018 Chicago Bears might be capable of in a few months.

Here’s the results:

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https://theloopsports.com/2018/05/18/what-will-paces-new-deal-mean-for-the-bears-in-2018/

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

It seems, for now at least, the dogs have been called off general manager Ryan Pace, after he hit an absolute grand slam this Spring, spending money aggressively in free-agency, landing a bevy of sought after targets on the offensive side of the ball, hiring a fresh offensive-minded head coach from the prominent tree of Andy Reid‘s disciples, and obliterating the draft last month.

With faith and optimism flowing anew, this Summer feels like one we haven’t felt in quite some time as Bears fans. Even the most pessimistic of fans and pundits have afforded Ryan Pace and his master plan a period of good will.

So, just how good will the Chicago Bears be in 2018?

Well, barring injuries to key players, the roster and coaching staff in place should be able to bring Bears fans a product that ranges anywhere from; playoff berth dark-horse, to a fun and developing brand of football by a non-playoff team this season. Whichever end of the spectrum the 2018 version of the Bears fall into, it will be a breath of fresh air for one of the most devoted fan-bases in all of professional sports.

Word out of Halas Hall this Spring is, that Matt Nagy has made it his mission to set a new standard and culture for the storied, but recently embattled franchise. Mitch Trubisky has weapons every where he looks, and the defense that turned in a top-10 performance in 2017, was brought back intact, Vic Fangio and all.

Sprinkle in Roquan Smith and the rest of the A+ 2018 draft class, and you might just have yourself the surprise playoff contender of the 2018 NFL season.

We polled a handful of our Chicago Bears writers here at The Loop Sports, and Bears fans themselves, to try to take an early stab at what a healthy version of the 2018 Chicago Bears might be capable of in a few months.

Here’s the results:

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https://theloopsports.com/2018/05/18/what-will-paces-new-deal-mean-for-the-bears-in-2018/

Interesting looking at the Packer games.....only 2 pick the Bears to win against them week 1.

But it's just the opposite in the rematch at Soldier Field. They must think it's going to take a few games to get this offensive unit running on all cylinders.

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Why Bears’ D is rallying around Mitch Trubisky:

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“I want to win a championship, and having Mitch here, that’s always the start,” he said after the Bears’ second organized-team-activity practice Wednesday. “The quarterback’s always the start, and just having Mitch and seeing his improvement and his effort . . . I’m sure some people saw, but even when Mitch was the backup, Mitch was staying after practice and always working hard. And you love seeing that in a quarterback, especially a backup.

‘‘I’ve always just saw greatness in him ever since then. I think this year he gets to really show it.”

Amukamara isn’t alone. Receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, who signed this offseason, hope Trubisky can get them a “third contract, or help them get their first ring,” Amukamara said.

“I think if guys came here to win, then, yeah, the quarterback should definitely be the first thing that you look at,” he said.

The second thing is how the team enables the quarterback to succeed. Amukamara has noticed the quickness of the new offense and a creativity that seemed to be absent under John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains the last two years. It’s only May, but he has seen enough to be excited about what the
offense can achieve going up against someone else’s defense.

“They’re throwing a lot of different looks at us, and that’s just Nagy’s offense,” he said. “If I was a receiver, I would love to play in this offense just because you get to do so many different things and you get so many different plays. It just looks fun over there.”

That’s a begrudging admission for a defender, but a hopeful one.

It would be easy for a grizzled Bears defense, which returns almost all of its starters and coaches, to try to minimize the impact of Trubisky, three new pass-catching starters and Nagy’s hybrid West Coast-spread offense. Or to grouse, the way defensive players did after Lovie Smith’s firing, about the hiring of an offensive-minded head coach. After all, defensive players are wired to despise elements of a game that’s increasingly focused on scoring and less on violence.

Only that hasn’t been the case. Outside linebacker Sam Acho laughed that, under Fox, the team was taught that jump balls should be caught by defensive backs eager for interceptions. Nagy preaches that receivers should expect to catch them.

Still, Acho concedes Nagy is a perfect fit.

“He’s an offensive coach,” Acho said, “but that’s what we need.”

Through one three-day minicamp and a week of organized team activities, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan also has been impressed by the speed of Nagy’s offense and its new players.

“It’s going to be tough, but those guys, they got the right pieces,” he said. “I like what I see out there. When somebody makes a play, they’re gone. Everybody can run over there. It’s the right fit for Mitch, it’s the right fit for the receivers, the running backs.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/why-bears-d-is-rallying-around-qb-mitch-trubisky-i-want-to-win-a-championship/

It seems impressive that this early the defense is having to give credit to the offense. Especially since the D is already established under Vic and the O is half new players and all new playbook. Hope its a good sign of whats to come.

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Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

By Bryan Perez May 19, 2018 4:06 PM

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him. 

According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.

No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears

There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround. 

The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.

Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.

Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.

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This Kool-Aid tastes funny????

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My 2018 Prediction...7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

By Bryan Perez May 19, 2018 4:06 PM

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him. 

According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.

No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears

There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround. 

The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.

Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.

Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.

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This Kool-Aid tastes funny????

Well, .... He is not still ranked last.... so that's an improvement.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Why Bears’ D is rallying around Mitch Trubisky:

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The second thing is how the team enables the quarterback to succeed. Amukamara has noticed the quickness of the new offense and a creativity that seemed to be absent under John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains the last two years. It’s only May, but he has seen enough to be excited about what the

offense can achieve going up against someone else’s defense.

“They’re throwing a lot of different looks at us, and that’s just Nagy’s offense,” he said. 

Creativity is great but to be honest that is not what Loggains offense lacked imo.  Loggains offense displayed flashes of creativity, what it lacked was consistent play calling on game day.  Play calling that countered what a defense was trying to do to stop it.  Adjustments in game that took advantage of specific matchups and specific opponents weaknesses versus this teams strengths.  

I have never felt the talent was the problem with this offense, and they have now added more which is great.  What will really make me get excited is seeing plays consistently roll out that either surprise me (and our opponent) or simply overwhelm opponents by imposing this teams strengths.  

 

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Run, Run, Pass ........is finally gone!

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