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  1. Extra Point

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    The Bears look set at quarterback. They have two good, young players in Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky. I think both of them can play. The Bears did a good job on the quarterback front.
     
  2. Extra Point

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    The Bears have a good player to build around in quarterback Mitch Trubisky. They were criticized for trading up one spot in the draft to get Trubisky but they made a good move.

    Trubisky looks like he might develop into a franchise quarterback.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    Roquan Smith is still unsigned and Danny Trevathan is injured (again). Meantime, Nick keeps pushing, pushing, pushing in spite of the team's best efforts to demote him.

    No holding back: LB Nick Kwiatkoski proving he belongs with Bears’ No. 1 defense

    ByAdam L. Jahns

    BOURBONNAIS — If inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski could replicate Saturday’s practice in an actual game, he’d be the toast of the town.

    He read the play and the eyes of the quarterback — in this case, Mitch Trubisky’s. Locked in, Kwiatkoski leaped at Trubisky’s throw, tipped the ball to himself for an interception, then raced into the end zone.

    In an actual game, it would be a highlight-reel pick-six. For now, it’s another sign of how well Kwiatkoski fits in the middle of coordinator Vic Fangio’s defense. He intercepted Trubisky in similar fashion earlier in camp.

    “I just want to take advantage of the opportunity and get better each day,” Kwiatkoski said.

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    Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. (AP)

    Rookie Roquan Smith’s contract holdout and Danny Trevathan’s ailing hamstring shouldn’t detract from Kwiatkoski’s impressive training camp. The Bears don’t view Kwiatkoski, a fourth-round selection in 2016, as the third wheel in their inside-linebacker competition. He has been in charge of the first-team defense since the first day of camp.

    “I don’t necessarily know if he’s No. 3,” coach Matt Nagy said. “You say that, but I told you this at the beginning: ‘You’ve got to earn your spot.’ [Kwiatkoski] is playing really well. You saw the pick [Saturday] that he had. He’s thumping people in the run game. I love his mentality.”

    He appears to have found his voice in his third season. Kwiatkoski is comfortable being in command of the calls and signals for Fangio’s defense. Throughout camp, he has maintained order against Nagy’s multilook offense.

    “It’s just getting that experience,” Kwiatkoski said. “Getting the repetitions, it builds confidence.”

    Overall, Kwiatkoski’s pairing with John Timu has proved to be functional and also quite encouraging, especially because of the defense’s overall success against Nagy’s offense. Timu is more than a capable reserve and special-teams stalwart.

    “I don’t look at it as I’m a starter,” Timu said. “I’m just filling in for [Trevathan] for when he gets back. It’s more of a fill-in role.

    “But at the same time, I’m just taking advantage of the opportunities, to be able to go against the [first team], work on my technique and master it with the best guys out there. It feels good, but I’m still remaining humble.”

    Kwiatkoski is, too. He smiles and shrugs off his big plays.

    “It’s early in camp,” he said. “I’ve been through a couple of camps now, and you never know what can happen.”

    But Kwiatkoski is giving the Bears what they want: true competition for Smith and Trevathan. He’s winning right now, too.

    “He didn’t blink when we drafted Roquan,” Nagy said. “He stepped right on in there and put the horse blinders on and went after it. . . . I’m excited for him; I’m proud of him.”

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-defense-nick-kwiatkoski-starter/
     
  4. Extra Point

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    Here's an interesting short interview with former Bears quarterback Bill Wade. Wade was the Bears quarterback in 1963 when they won the Championship.

     
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    Nick Kwiatkoski was NFL's top linebacker in Week 10

    by Bryan Perez

    Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is in a contract year. And if he keeps playing the way he did in Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions, Ryan Pace better get ready to pay up.

    Filling in for an injured Danny Trevathan, Kwiatkoski dominated the Lions offense to the tune of nine tackles, a sack and an interception. It was the second time this season that he stepped up in what could've been a crisis for the Bears defense. In Week 4 against the Vikings, Kwiatkoski filled-in for Roquan Smith who was deactivated shortly before kickoff for reasons still unknown. He was fantastic in that game, too.

    But Kwiatkoski's performance on Sunday was borderline special. In fact, he was so good that he earned Pro Football Focus' highest grade of any linebacker in the NFL in Week 10 with a 92.4.

    His ridiculous showing against Detroit pushed his season grade up to 88.2, which is second-best among Bears defenders with at least 100 snaps this season.

    So, yeah, he's going to get paid.

    Kwiatkoski's role moving forward is expected to change. He won't be coming off the bench filling in for Trevathan or Smith; he'll be starting for as long as Trevathan is on the mend. And with a starter's tag comes a week's worth of preparation by opposing offensive coordinators who will have more time to gameplan for his strengths and weaknesses. We'll find out real quick if his incredible flashes this season are sustainable as a traditional starter or if he'll be exposed in his newfound role.

    Regardless, Kwiatkoski's emergence has been a bright spot in a season that's been lacking many of them so far.

    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/nick-kwiatkoski-was-nfls-top-linebacker-week-10
     
  7. Truthteller

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    Don, I wish I could find the article, but a respected Bears beat writer in early September was breaking down the "Bubble Players" -- Chicago players fighting for the last spots on the 53 man roster. I don't remember the writers name, but I know he's been pretty much non-Caste. Anyway, he noted prior to the season that Kwiatkoski was a prime example of a player who is amazing against "backs ups", but can't "cut it" against 1st teamers? His suggestion was, the Bears keep Kevin, but relegate him to special teams.

    Hey, @sshole, check the film against the Vikings and Lions, then tell me Kwiatkoski can't "cut it" against 1st teamers? That said, Kevin has to be careful here and not make the same mistake Zach Zenner did. First of all, if Rodent Nagy is kept as head coach, he should not re-sign with the Bears at all. If he does, he should demand starters money. He should demand starters money regardless, if he can get it in the rancid, rabidly anti-white Jewish league.
     
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  8. Don Wassall

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    I get daily updates on Kwiatkowski and that's been the general theme of them for the past four years -- he's a solid backup to have who can start in a pinch but otherwise isn't starting material. But that's the case with virtually all White players who aren't picked in the first or second round. The number of first and second year White linebackers who have stepped in this season because of injury and instantly outperformed the black starter they were replacing is astounding even to someone like me who's been familiar with the Caste System for so long -- Anonymous Tackling Machines as we've dubbed them. And if you check the "scouting reports" and write-ups on them after they were drafted (or signed as free agents), just about all of them refer to them as being special teamers and possible backups. The anti-White bias in the Caste media is as predictable as the sunrise, and almost as predictable as how well most White defensive players perform when given an opportunity.
     

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