Some quarterback and coach combinations just have your number. This is a fact the Bears are familiar given their recent dealings in Green Bay. But it also extends outside of their division to a team they meet sparingly in the Patriots. During the illustrious run of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick over roughly the last two decades, Chicago has had only four opportunities (due to conference separation) to beat New England. They have fallen short every time, most often in humiliating fashion, to the modern class of the NFL.
With Brady now in his early 40s, 2018’s bar-setting matchup this October easily paints a picture of the Bears getting their last shot at overcoming greatness for once. Or, at least competing to the final whistle.
More importantly, from a franchise-building perspective since the Patriots’ outlook in the AFC is highly unlikely to affect the Bears unless the two were to meet in the Super Bowl (I’ll start the laughing): this game offers a young team with a first-time head coach and young quarterback an opportunity to set a bar. If Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky want to make their own mark as a budding head coach and quarterback duo, there’s no better place to start than beating Brady and Belichick, or at least dueling them shot for shot.
On the latest WCG Radio, I spoke with Brian Phillips of SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit to get a sense of the temperature around Foxborough’s 2018 off-season. Is there a schism between Belichick, Brady, and owner Robert Kraft? What do the Patriots have to do to come out on top in the Super Bowl again after falling short? How do we judge the Bears against this current iteration? We break down each of these topics and more.
On this episode of WCG Radio
Pats Pulpit’s Brian Phillips joins the show to break down Brady vs. Trubisky, Belichick vs. Nagy, and more.
- Drama in Foxborough: is there anything to a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick-Bob Kraft schism? (Is it boredom?)
- Guidelines of a Rob Gronkowski possible contract extension
- Are the Patriots “okay” at receiver? Can they survive without Brandin Cooks?
- Ranting about Chris Hogan, Adrian Amos, and Twitter
- Fresh off the heels of a loss in Super Bowl LII, what do the Patriots need to do return and finish the job?
- Georgia against Georgia: Patriots’ draft recap
- Jordan Matthews and free agency
- Where can the Bears attack the Patriots (Tarik Cohen’s time to shine)? What should Chicago be concerned about (late-game Brady heroics)?
- Success and expectations for the young Bears against the NFL’s upper crust
- What we’re unapologetically pedantic about in writing (“just” please “personally” stop)
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.