Some random thoughts about the season so far:
- I know Bryce Young didn’t play last week, and may not play this week, but I can still say the following: if Carolina is not careful they can ruin him–either by wrecking his confidence or his body. In my view, a short QB needs a really good OL–better than what a taller QB would need. Carolina doesn’t have that. I don’t think their run game and pass-catchers are good enough–not with this OL. To me, I would seriously have considered to either sit him or play a more run-based offense. With the latter, the idea is protect Young’s body and confidence. Rely on the run game, defense, and special teams. Call plays that Young can have success in. This approach might not lead to a good season, but I doubt such an approach exists. The roster isn’t good enough for that. The goal should be to develop Young–which includes protecting his body and mind.
- I only saw a few snaps of Stroud. Earlier, I said he looked stiff and awkward. He hasn’t look so awkward in the last two weeks.
- Jake Bobo, the undrafted rookie WR, is such a cool story. The guy ran a 4.99 40, which is slower than some offensive linemen. He’s 6′ 4″, though, and he’s proving to be a good blocker, which I love. He’s becoming a favorite.
- I don’t think Justin Fields is a very good QB, but I feel like the Bears are not helping him. My sense is that they want him to play in a more conventional offense, to help him develop in the pocket and see if he actually can develop in the pocket. There’s justification for this approach, but I think the Bears should create an offense like the Ravens (under Greg Roman) or the Eagles (Nick Sirianni). Mike Lombardi really hammered his co-host about this suggestion, saying Fields still has to make throws, and he can’t. My response is that the option offense can boost Fields’s confidence and morale, which can then put him in a better position to complete passes when he has to. There’s a good chance he won’t be a good passer, especially from the pocket, but I think this gives the Bears the best chance to win, and for Fields to develop. (Let him play in the QB-run offense for one or two years and then try to transition him. On the other hand, I’m guessing the Bears don’t want to wait that long. I suspect this year is the last chance for Fields.)