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Chicago sacrificed a ton of draft capital to move up for a running back with one marketable skill — one that is a sign of problems at the NFL level."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareThe Chicago Bears’ trade up for RB David Montgomery looks like a huge mistakeDennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsI’m finding myself a bit of a pessimist regarding the Green Bay Packers’ moves this offseason Ty Summers Jersey Mens , but thank the universe for the Chicago Bears, who have a legendary, almost preternatural ability to turn a frown upside down. The cause of the current joy is the fact that Chicago entered the draft with three picks in the first five rounds, at 87, 126, and 162. They also have two seventh rounders, picks that matter very little. They decided to commit several incredible mistakes in one fell swoop on Friday night by doing a bunch of things you should never do. Consider the following:Trading up outside of the first round,with the Patriots Youth Ty Summers Jersey , who are much smarter than everyone, for a running back,who is probably not as good as one they just gave away. The Bears traded up from pick 87 to 73, giving up pick 162 and a fourth-round selection in next year’s draft. They then used their newly-acquired pick to select Iowa State running back David Montgomery, leaving them with just their fourth-round pick at 126 and a couple of 7th-rounders remaining.Chicago may feel like they have a great foundation that only needs a few luxury accessories to truly dominate, but in truth they are paper thin. Wasting precious and scarce draft capital on a position that simply doesn’t matter when you could at least be adding depth to important areas is just adding weight to the top of that already heavy playoff window.As for the pick itself, take a look at Montgomery’s mediocre athleticism to start:Montgomery was a fine college running back and productive in the running and passing game, but he has several issues that make NFL success far from a sure thing. Anyone who wants to understand the folly of drafting a running back high (not that the third round is particularly high) White Ty Summers Jersey , should read this excellent piece by Bill Connelly. It combines my loving of not drafting running backs with outstanding analysis of Montgomery. Here’s the fun part:And that’s the rub. Montgomery’s athletic profile saw him dominating smaller college defenders, but he couldn’t avoid smaller college defenders, and he was too slow to run away from them. Having that many broken tackles is an enormous red flag, signaling a player’s need to break tackles all the time just to be effective. He might be okay, but there are running backs who are at least as good, and likely better, still on the board as I write this. The Bears dealt Jordan Howard to the Eagles because they saw him as a poor fit, and while Montgomery is a better receiver Davante Adams Jersey , he’s probably more similar to Howard than they understand. I’ve thought the Bears were doing a better job of running a front office as of late, but I think they really are enjoying a small renaissance based on a spending spree and some luck. Having lost Vic Fangio and with huge questions at quarterback, this move strikes me as pure hubris from an overly confident GM taking success for granted.Trading almost all of your draft capital to move up to take a risky player at a position of non-need and non-value is just about the Bearest move I can think of. Thank you to Ryan Pace and company for getting the weekend off to a fantastic start. Get ready for youth and energy on the Packers’ staff in 2019."February 19th is a notable date on this year’s NFL calendar. Today is the day that NFL teams may begin to utilize the franchise and transition tags. This year’s free agent class has several candidates for those tags, and we’ll get to them later on today. However, that will thin out the top of the free agent class, particularly for pass-rushers.In Green Bay, the Packers are unlikely to use a franchise tag on anyone this year. In fact, there are no free agents-to-be on the team remotely deserving of receiving a tag. Instead Ray Nitschke Jersey White , the team spent most of its energy on Monday introducing the 2019 coaching staff. Matt LaFleur and his coordinators held press conferences while their assistants spoke to the media in scrums in the afternoon.It’s a young staff, quite a bit younger than what we have seen from the Packers in recent years. That youth manifests itself in a few specific areas, some that may be more concerning than others. But one thing that youth brings is energy, and this team appears to have plenty of that as it prepares for 2019. In today’s curds, we look at some of the new faces on the staff and get a quick primer on the franchise tag process.Five things learned from the Packers’ new coaching staff | Packers.comFrom a coach who returns home to Wisconsin to an Illinois native with family ties to the Bears, this coaching staff appears full of excitement and energy. Perhaps nobody is more excited than running backs coach Ben Sirmans, however, as he sees the Packers poised to run the ball more in 2019.Matt LaFleur's staff lacks experience in vital spots | Packersnews.comTom Silverstein is very concerned about the youth and inexperience of the Packers' offensive line and wide receivers coaches. As he notes Aaron Rodgers Jersey White , those were two areas where Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy hired veteran coaches rather than men like Adam Stenavich and Alvis Whitted, who have not held those positions in the NFL before.Mike Pettine, the invaluable resource for Packers coach Matt LaFleur | Packers WireMeanwhile, Pettine expects to be a great fit with LaFleur and intends to be a sounding board for his ideas as a head coach. Pettine also promised to tell LaFleur what not to do, using his own experience in Cleveland to inform that advice.The NFL’s franchise tag is a scam. It’s time to kill it - SBNation.comThe tag started in 1992 as a way for the Broncos to keep John Elway around while they negotiated a long-term deal. It was always intended to be a bridge to those types of contracts, but nowadays it seems like a way of getting one more year out of a player before he hits the market.Franchise tag primer: Teams can start tagging players - NFL.comHere's a look at the options that teams have now that the tag period is open.Father spinning gun on finger accidentally shoots self at daughter's 16th birthday party | Click 2 HoustonThe man was reportedly spinning a gun on his finger when it went off. Just a thought, but maybe he should have left the safety on?
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