It’s one of those old coaching cliches that they like to throw out there: “stack good practices” or “stack good games.” Build off of it. That’s always the goal for young players.
It seems like a couple of young Bears offensive players are starting to do just that.
There was plenty of good in the Bears’ 31-24 win over the Cowboys Thursday and while the playoffs still seem like a pipe dream, we can still celebrate the good and hope that it sets up as a launching pad for 2020.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB - Last week, many of you called me out for leaving the embattled quarterback off the Thanksgiving stock up list. I honestly did nearly have him there, but I heard all the haters coming out in my mind saying ‘but it was only one game, against a bad defense!’ Either I shouldn’t have let that deter me or I just wanted one more week to see it wasn’t a one-off. Well after leading the offense to four touchdowns, I think he earned a spot and we can just hope that it keeps going.
Anthony Miller, WR - Just like his QB, Miller has come on strong the last couple of games. The trust between the two is building and if Miller continues to do whatever little things he needs to do in the details to stay on the good side of the coaches, then the Bears may finally have a strong contender to be the no. 2 to Allen Robinson, when just a couple weeks ago, we w=thought we’d be looking for more WRs this offseason.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB - Getting thrust into action early in a game on short notice is one thing, but to do that while having to fill in for one of the youngest and most dynamic players in Roquan Smith, while not making most of the audience realize that player was out? Well KPL pulled that off. He tallied five tackles, two PD, one tackle for loss and one QB hit. He was all over the field. We’re going to see a lot more of him in the final three games as well.
Leonard Floyd, OLB - Another week of Floyd disappearing on the field and in the box score. Despite playing 84 percent of the defensive snaps he had one tackle and that’s it.
Riley Ridley, WR - He caught his first NFL pass, for five yards. He lost his shoe though. He got dinged for a holding on a kick return, but that isn’t why he’s here. I’m just surprised that after 12 weeks on the practice squad he would be able to contribute more. He played 40 percent of the offensive snaps and garnered only one target.
Who did I miss? Was there someone else deserving of a down spot?