After a disappointing season, the Lions fired their head coach Jim Caldwell, and have replaced him with Matt Patricia, former defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. That was the first of many moves that need to be made this off-season. After ending his season a few weeks ago, Patricia and his newly assembled staff have work to do.
First up on their “To Do List” is free agency. They’ve got to make decisions on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and center Travis Swansonto name a few. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I would manage this, but if it were up to me, I’d let Ansah and Swanson go and rebuild in the draft for their positions. Ngata is a beast who I think the Lions could still use on the line this next season, so maybe just sign him to a shorter deal.
Open up a sports website or social media sites and you will find several NFL mock drafts to choose from. There are some that have pretty much the same players on their board, while others go for the less than big name prospects.
But how would the Chicago Bears 7-Round scenario look if all the favorites at the number eight spot pan out? Here is a brief summary of what that could look like.
The Chicago Bears have spent the last five to six years rebuilding, and it appears that they may have found the right coaching staff to take back the NFC North. But they have to make a splash in the 2018 NFL Draft with one pick in Rounds 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7, none in the 3rd and two in Round 4. Depending on trades, a third-round pick could surface. However, they could lose the 7th round pick from the Dontrelle Inman trade back in October.
The biggest offseason needs for the Bears are Wide Receiver, Right Tackle, Defensive End and Cornerback.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top five prospects at each positional need.
What Detroit Lions fans have known pretty much since week 15 (some figured this out even earlier), is that former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was going to be the next head coach. After a failure to make the playoffs this past season, Jim Caldwell‘s time was up. It was officially announced this past Monday, and there was great rejoicing among One Pride Nation.
After years of mediocre success and playoff losses, the Lions are finally starting to put something together it seems. Bob Quinn was brought in to take this team to the next level and he feels that Matt Patricia is the one to do it.
He was officially introduced today at a press conference. He came looking more polished then he normally does on the Patriots sideline.
Etched on the side of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a monument with the faces of four of our country’s most prolific presidents. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this remarkable memorial, a testament to those who have taken part in building this country.
But in the city of Chicago, they finally have their own monument of middle linebackers that will be forever embodied in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Chicago Bears have 27 players enshrined in the PFHOF and on August 3, 2018, the 28th member will be inducted; middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.
But in order to understand and embrace the romance and charisma these impact players made for Chicago, it would only be fitting to introduce the Mount Rushmore of Bears middle linebackers.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, was announced this past weekend. As always, my favorite selection is the one from the Senior Committee. These gentlemen have been over-looked and under-appreciated when compared to the modern-era players. And, most importantly, they are the heart, soul, beginnings of this game I love.
They wore leather helmets and pads that were a puny excuse for protection. They got paid so little that most had second jobs during the offseason. They played because they loved the game.
While it was before my time, my dad would tell me stories about these great men and they’ve always stayed with me. This year I was very excited to see that Jerry Kramer from the Green Bay Packers would finally be admitted into this great hall.
Immediately after the Marc Trestman short-term era, the Chicago Bears went into a “rebuild” mode, by replacing coaching staff and players. That rebuild brought in John Fox and company in hopes of winning the NFC North and getting back to a winning culture. Well, we all saw where that went and needless to say, it was back to the drawing board.
The Bears interviewed all prospective candidates and chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy to be the new head coach. No one is disappointed at this choice. His hunger to put a winning culture back in Chicago has fans and analysts giddy.
Sunday night’s game could not have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards, completing 26 passes of 33 with three touchdowns AND had a QB rating of 141.1 by the end of the game.
That’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback, by the way. The same guy who everyone wrote off, including (some) fans. The same guy who everyone doubted and quickly turned away from and refused to take seriously.
Last night, Foles played the best game of his career and despite a shaky and inconsistent first few games as Carson Wentz’s backup, he came through when the team needed him the most and did so beautifully.