If Jaylon Johnson has proved anything in his first two seasons, it’s telling the truth as he sees it. Unfortunately, his truthfulness would not resonate well with the Chicago Bears.
The team consistently appreciates its culture, so it’s little surprise to learn that there’s a part of the roster gearing toward poor finishes.
“You have a little bit of both. You have the edge of the locker room that is starting to tank,” Johnson said earlier this week on the Red Line Radio podcast about how morale was inside the building. You have people who are still trying to fight and figure out how we can get better.”
Teams that have suffered losses – the Bears (4-9) have lost six of their last seven games – are often asked whether buyouts and commitments remain. It’s rare for a player to step out and admit that it’s a legitimate issue.
Over the past 20 seasons covering the Bears, a span that includes six separate losing streaks of five or more games, I’ve never heard a player say this publicly.
“It’s not about being a good quarter at certain times and moments,” Johnson said. “But to be able to really figure out how we can be good for four quarters and find ways to win a football game. But, I mean, you definitely have the ups and downs in the locker room as expected. There are ups, but keep as many people together as we can and keep fighting for the win.
Culture was one of the things the Bears wrapped their arms around and squeezed after last season when the New Orleans Saints finished 8-8 after losing a wild-card round.
“We have the perfect football culture that all teams strive for,” President/CEO Ted Phillips said in January.
Johnson’s reputation as a player may be bigger than his reputation as a straight shooter. Next Gen Stats, which are produced by the league, reported that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams had two receptions on five goals for 19 yards and a touchdown in a 45-30 loss at Lambeau Field last Sunday when Johnson was the closest defender. When Adams was matched with someone else, he caught eight passes and one touchdown on eight goals for 102 yards.
Adams took notice and wrote on Instagram: “You are a really good player…respect your game!!”
Johnson, a second-round pick from Utah in 2020, took to Instagram in October to complain about the fine he received from coach Matt Nagy for arriving late at the facility. Later, Johnson admitted that he was wrong, “I messed up.”
Negi’s position is vulnerable at best – with offense near the bottom of the league in several major categories. Now, injuries combined with a COVID-19 absence have limited the roster ahead of Monday’s prime-time meeting with the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Johnson’s claim that part of the locker room is starting to “tank” rises to a new level, but that’s not necessarily an opinion shared.
“I didn’t,” said defensive coordinator Sean Desai when asked if he had seen evidence of players being checked out. “I think you saw in that (last) game, our guys are competitive and I think they’re going to fight for everything they’ve got.”
Strong security Tashaun Gipson has more experience than his share of losing teams, spending four seasons in Cleveland and three in Jacksonville. He refutes the notion that there has been tanking.
“I don’t see any vacation in this locker room,” Gipson said. “It’s a tough season. Everything feels bad when you’re losing. Everything’s going well when you’re winning. Everyone’s happy. There’s no disruption. It’s just one big, happy one.” Family For and onwards playing for the team and logo.
“People still have things to play for. Guys can have outlining the things they want to play for – people want to play for a contract, people can play for a job next year. We have There’s still plenty to play with. There’s no vacation in this locker room. Obviously, no one wants to be embarrassed by going on national TV.
“We have another prime-time game on Monday. Sunday night (in Green Bay) didn’t go the way we wanted. So, I think people’s pride (are) big enough to understand that is, ‘Hey, you still have to go over there and get a job.’ No one has packed it. I’ll be the first to tell you. I’ve been on teams where people are shipping their cars out and getting ready (for the off season). Right now, the cars are home Being sent back. That’s not the point. I’m still driving my same car here. So, I didn’t send my car home. I still feel like we have a lot to play for.”
A full parking lot at Halas Hall is not a bad sign, but one person’s perception becomes his or her reality and one cannot say whether others agree with Johnson, even if they do not say so publicly.
If the Bears’ culture is as great as they suggest, then this tells you that culture doesn’t matter when it comes to winning football games. Otherwise, Halas Hall’s culture has averaged positively over the years – and it seems to be getting worse.
<चिह्न वर्ग = "hl_purple">Patrick Peterson, Vikings cornerback
Information on this report was obtained from NFL scouts.
Patrick Peterson, 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, is in his 11th NFL season and marks the first time the Vikings in Minnesota signed him to a one-year, $10 million deal, with the plan that he will be able to shore up a secondary. Will help those who were struggling in 2020. Originally a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, the fifth overall pick from LSU in 2011 was named to the Pro Bowl in their first eight seasons.
Pietersen has played nine games this season, spending time on injured reserve with a hamstring problem before returning in Week 11. He has been credited with 26 tackles and two pass breakups as opponents often worked on the other side of the field.
“At this point in his career, his pace of play has slowed down,” the scout said. “But he is still a good player for Minnesota because he is very smart, very brainy. His physical skills are not what they were earlier in his career, but he is leaning on his football intelligence and experience and a Understanding his role in zone-heavy defense. In the past, he was a legitimate, top-tier man corner.
“I think he’s really good at defending Mike Zimmer and looking for a Vikings cornerback. He’s had some problems in that position. His first-round pick from 2020 Jeff Gladney out of the league due to off-field issues Done. They took Cameron Dantzler out of Mississippi State last year and he’s developing. I like him because he’s a long press corner and he can play cover-2 for Zimmer and when he has to He can match and he will tackle.But he is still developing and he has some ups and downs.
“So, they go out and take on Peterson and I think they wanted a veteran voice in the room and he brings that in. Second, he has a really good plan at this point based on his symptoms. As in That I said, he doesn’t run like he used to or get the same bursts from his backpedal, but he’s very knowledgeable and he’s still so competitive what you see on film. He’s super-competitive and I think that He fuels him on the field. He understands route concepts. He knows everyone’s aggressive instincts so he can still play at a high level, he’s no longer in talks for the best corners in the league. At one point in time He was in that mix.”