Chicago Bears Dropping the Ball on Robinson

Wanda Wiedman,
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

With arms extended as far as he could reach, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson snatches a bullet from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in a mid-air horizontal catch. It was a sight to see and a head-scratcher as to why the Bears organization continues to delay extending the contract of this prolific athlete. 

Robinson’s ceiling for production is extremely high especially in the shape he is in now. His natural ability to stretch the field and grab the ball on the go is a testament to his dedication to the game and to this Chicago Bears team.

But in Bears have their sights set on $16M, while Robinson is seeking somewhere around $18 million. With players around the league getting their payday, Robinson patiently waits. But patience has a time limit and time is running out.

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Recapping week 2 in the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Back like we never left. It was great getting back to football, even if fans aren’t there in every stadium. It’s still football. Week 2 is in the rearview, and it looked better for some NFC North teams than it did for others.

Let’s take a look at Week 2 in the North. The winners, the losers, and the head-scratchers.

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The time for Trubisky to lead the Bears is now.

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

By now everyone is aware of the quarterback competition that was held between former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and 4th-year starter Mitchell Trubisky.

A once-promising franchise QB in Trubisky in the 2018 season, turned into a sloppy, mediocre performance the following year. Considering the lackluster performance, the Chicago Bears decided to bring in veteran Foles in hopes of igniting a fire under Trubisky and getting him back to the promising player he was envisioned to be.

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Previewing Week 1 in the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s finally Week 1.  We all made it!  I get to talk about actual games now!

Now it’s time to take a look at what Week 1 could potentially bring us. The 4 teams of the North play each other this week, so that makes things pretty easy for me to preview.  Plus, it’s also fun when rivalries are renewed!

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

This has always an interesting match up especially of late. The Bears ended last season winning 3 of their last 5 games, including one against the Lions.  Detroit, however, lost all 5 of their final games of the season.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Bobby Dillon

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

One of the sad realities of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is that sometimes a man passes away before his enshrinement.

Green Bay Packer legend, safety Bobby Dillon passed away August 22, 2019, so he never got the “Call from the Hall.”

However, he has been included in the Class of 2020 – The Centennial Class. While the ceremonies will have to wait until next year due to Covid-19, his legacy will live on.

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Detroit Lions have a good conversation

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

**The views expressed here don’t necessarily reflect the views of everyone at OurTurf Football**

The Detroit Lions rarely lead the way in anything. And if they do, it’s usually something not good, like being the first team to go 0-16, or plenty of other odd little things that you can come up with.

But on Tuesday, August 25th, the Lions took the lead on speaking up about current events.

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NFC North 2020 Preview

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Happy New Year!  Not really. But the new NFL season is upon us. Or is it?

As of now, it’s still on.  Let’s get down to my 2020 season preview of the NFC North before they change their minds!

Chicago Bears (8-8 record last season)

Earlier this offseason, the Bears decided to decline their quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s 5th-year option. They also traded for QB Nick Foles, which makes a quarterback competition inevitable at camp. Along with Foles, they added tight end Jimmy Graham and EDGE Robert Quinn. They also drafted TE Cole Kmet. The Bears defense is overall the same, with linebacker Khalil Mack leading the way.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Ed Sprinkle

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @Wandaw63

With the current NFL teams trying all sorts of schemes to gain an edge, we are seeing more and more versatile players on both sides of the ball. Throughout NFL history, players wore different hats.  The newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020, Ed Sprinkle is no stranger to playing different positions.

For 12 seasons Ed “The Meanest Man in Pro Football” Sprinkle played for the Chicago Bears, from 1944 to 1955, and was signed by Papa Bear George Halas himself. In the beginning of his career, Sprinkle played both defense and offense. As a tight end he caught 32 passes for 451 yards and seven touchdowns, while alternating as an offensive guard during the life of his career.

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OTFB Fan Forum: Good, bad, and a little weird. The 2020 Offseason.

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

In this edition of the OTFB Fan Forum, I decided to have everyone take a look at this odd offseason. The all-virtual, Zoom edition of an offseason.

Since free agents weren’t allowed into any facilities, it made signing them more difficult for teams. Rookies weren’t allowed anywhere near the rest of the team until training camp. It was a little weird. I was curious about how our forum members thought their team faired. Did they improve? Get worse by losing important pieces? Did they make any moves at all?

Or, seeing as the circumstances were, well… unusual, did they just hang on?

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jim Covert

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

James “Jimbo” Covert will finally be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, some 20 years after his first PFHF nomination in 1996. The former Pitt All-American left Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka with only one choice in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. “Jimbo is the guy we wanted from day one, we put him at left tackle and moved on.”

Covert began his collegiate career as a defensive lineman in 1978. After a shoulder injury sidelined him and the additional recommendation of the offensive line coach, Covert switched to offensive tackle.

He had the job of protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who was quoted as saying, “There were games when my uniform never got dirty and games that I never hit the ground. That’s incredible.” In 2003, Covert was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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