If Jylon Johnson has proven anything in his first two seasons, it is that he is telling the truth as he sees it. Unfortunately, his truth won’t resonate with the Chicago Bears.
The team applauds their culture all the time, so it should have been a little surprised to find that part of the squad went offline in a season heading for a bad ending.
“You have a bit of both. You’ve got a dressing room side that starts to drain into the reservoir, ”Johnson said earlier this week on the Red Line Radio podcast when asked what morale was inside the building. “And you have guys still trying to fight and figure out how we can get better.”
Losing teams – The Bears (4-9) have lost six of their last seven games – are often asked if the buy-in and commitment remains. It is rare for a player to come out and admit that this is a legitimate problem.
In the previous 20 Bears seasons, during which there were six separate losing streaks of five or more games, I’ve never heard a player talk about it publicly.
“It’s not about one quarter being good at some points and moments,” Johnson said. “But we actually have the opportunity to understand how we can be good in four quarters and find ways to win football games. But, I mean, you definitely have ups and downs in the dressing room, as expected, but you can just keep as many guys together and keep fighting for the wins. ”
Culture has been one of those things the Bears have embraced and squeezed since last season, when the 8-8 finish gave way to an insane round loss to the New Orleans Saints.
“We have exactly the kind of football culture that all teams aspire to,” President / CEO Ted Phillips said in January.
Johnson’s reputation as a player may be greater than his reputation as a shooter. The league’s next generation statistics reveal that Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams hit two hits on five 19 yards and landed 45-30 last Sunday at Lambo Field when Johnson was closest defender. When Adams faced someone else, he caught eight assists on eight targets for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Adams noticed this 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 a fine he received from coach Matt Nagy for being late to a facility. Johnson later admitted he was wrong, saying, “I screwed up.”
Nadia’s status is shaky – at best – offense is at the bottom of the league in many key categories. Injuries, combined with a lack of COVID-19, have now limited the squad ahead of Monday’s prime time meeting with the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Johnson’s assertion that part of the dressing room is starting to move into the “reservoir” is taking off to a new level, but this is not necessarily a shared opinion.
“I didn’t see,” Defense Coordinator Shawn Desai said when asked if he saw evidence of players leaving the game. “I think you saw in that (last) game that our guys are rivals and I think they will fight and grab whatever they have.”
Tough Security Tashaun Gipson has more than enough experience with losing teams, spending four seasons in Cleveland and three in Jacksonville. He disputes the notion that there were cars.
“I don’t see any problem in this dressing room,” Gipson said. “This is a tough season. When you fail, everything seems bad. When you win, everything goes well. Everyone is happy. No glitches. It’s just a big, happy family. Obviously, people have no reason to look in the mirror. Most importantly, 4-9, 2-11, 9-4, after all, people play out of pride. People play for the name on the back of the shirt, for the team in the front, and for the logo.
“People still have something to play for. The guys might need to emphasize what they want to play for: guys might want to play on a contract, guys might play for work next year. We still have something to play with. There is no exit in this dressing room. It is clear that no one wants to go out on national television and be embarrassed.
“We have another prime time game on Monday. Sunday night (at Green Bay) didn’t go as we wanted. So I think the guys are proud enough to realize that, “Hey, you still need to go and work.” Nobobi put it together. I’ll be the first to tell you. I’ve been on teams where guys are unloading their cars and getting ready (for the offseason). At about the same time, cars are leaving for home. This is not true. I still drive my car here. So, I didn’t send my car home. I still feel like we have something to play for. ”
Full parking in Halas Hall is not a bad sign, but one person’s perception is becoming reality, and it’s impossible to tell if others agree with Johnson, even if they didn’t say so publicly.
If bear culture is as awesome as they thought it was, then it goes to show that culture doesn’t really matter when it comes to winning soccer games. Otherwise, the culture at Halas Hall has been positively average over the past few years – and it’s getting worse.
Patrick Peterson, Vikings quarterback
Information for this report was obtained from NFL Scouts.
Patrick Peterson, 6’1, 198 pounds, is leading his 11th season in the NFL and for the first time in Minnesota since the Vikings signed him a $ 10 million annual deal with the plan to help bolster a minor a team that tried their best. in 2020. Originally selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals, the fifth selected in 2011 from LSU was named to the Pro Bowl in its first eight seasons.
Peterson played in nine games this season, spending time in reserve with a hamstring injury before returning in week 11. He is credited with 26 tackles and two pass breaks as opponents often worked on the other side of the field.
“At this point in his career, his playing speed has slowed down,” said the scout. “But he’s still a good player for Minnesota because he’s very smart, very cerebral. His physical skills are not what they were earlier in his career, but he relies on his footballing intelligence and experience, as well as his understanding of his role in zone defense. In the past, he was a lawful person of the highest level.
“I think he is really good at defending Mike Zimmer and the Vikings were looking for corner-backs. They had problems in this position. Jeff Gladney, their first-round pick in 2020, dropped out of the league due to off-field issues. They took Cameron Danzler out of Mississippi last year and he’s growing. I like him because he puts pressure for a long time, and he can play Cover-2 for Zimmer and pick up when he needs to, and he will hit. But it is still developing and has had ups and downs.
“So they go and get Peterson, and I can imagine they wanted a veteran voice in the room, and he brought it. Secondly, he is really well suited to this scheme based on his personality traits. As I said, it doesn’t run like it used to and doesn’t have the same splash coming from its rear pedal, but it’s so savvy and still competitive from what you see in the movie. He’s very competitive and I think that fuels him on the pitch. He understands the concepts of routes. He knows all the attacking tendencies, so he can still play at a high level, he just no longer discusses the best corners in the league. He was once in this mixture. ”