Chicago Bears awkwardly ask for Arizona Cardinals advice
In the Chicago Bears season-ending press conference, the Arizona Cardinals advice was solicited.
These two teams were already involved with playoff history with this year having the first ever #7 seed going to the Bears. What no one saw coming was that the Bears would go to the Cardinals for advice on whether or not to keep the trio of Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace and Mitchell Trubisky.
Audio is courtesy of the Bernstein & Rahimi Show of WSCR-670 “The Score” in Chicago, the station that helped broadcast the press conference live on Wednesday morning. To hear the two questions that led to the revealing of this story, click here and listen at the the 17 and 41 minute mark.
I mean, everyone has their own mentors and it’s flattering; however I have a few questions.
- Why would you reach out to the team who embarrassingly choked their playoff spot to your team? It’s like taking the entire bowl of candy from a young kid in front of you, getting caught and having to return all of it, only to ask that younger kid for half his candy.
- The Cardinals aren’t the greatest at when it comes to head coaching history. With maybe the most famous coach being Don Coryell back in the early 1970s, this team has struggled to land a coach that has lasted more than SIX years (rest in peace, Jim Hanifan)!
- On top of the aforementioned points, there is still the history of bad relations between the Halas and Bidwill families. Just take a look at this:
"When he [Charlie Bidwill] died in 1947, the Bears stock went to his widow, who shortly after sold it back to Halas. Mrs. Bidwill later told Halas that she would let him keep $50,000 he owed her, in return for third-string Quarterback Bobby Layne. As Mrs. Bidwill, now Mrs. Wolfner, tells the story, Halas refused the trade, sent Layne instead to the New York Bulldogs for $50,000 cash and inserted in the contract a clause which barred Layne from ever playing for the Cardinals. That started the feud."
Of course that was forever ago, but it’s stuff like that you don’t forget. This is no Hatfield vs. McCoy situation, yet it remains an under the radar feud between two of the league’s oldest teams.
The only logical reason for the Arizona Cardinals advice
It’s really simple. The Bears are most likely looking replace Trubisky, and are seeking help from the franchise that picked two quarterbacks in back-to-back years. The only difference here is that Trubisky has been around a lot longer, so the Bears’ call to the Cardinals is overdue in that regard.
As painful as this year was for the team and Cardinals fans, at least we’re not in the position the Bears are in- a team that’s in straight up denial. Asking for the Arizona Cardinals’ advice will link these two teams for years to come.