Monster’s Mash: The Bears weigh in on the Presidential Election

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

LAKE FOREST – When it comes to athletes and politics, usually the best reaction can come from social media.

Many NFL players made their views known on Tuesday’s presidential election on Twitter or Facebook over the past week, with some doing so in the press as well.

Jay Cutler wouldn’t have figured to say much in either medium this week, but the Bears quarterback surprised a few when he did respond to a question about Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday.

“I’m happy with the results. I mean, I’ve supported Trump for a while,” said Cutler at his weekly news conference on Wednesday.. “I’m not going to dive into it, I know it’s a sensitive issue, but I like where it’s going.”

While a number of Bears players didn’t reveal their pick for the Oval Office a few did offer some perspective on the election, like linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

“Whoever is in the office we’ve got to hope that they do great because they represent everybody here,” said Freeman.

Offensive guard Kyle Long offered a broader perspective when asked about the election.

“Being in a locker room with the number of guys we have in here, coming from the multitude of backgrounds they have, you get an understanding and appreciation and a respect for the things that certain people have to go through for whatever reason it is, right or wrong, and it kinda gives you a little perspective,” said Long.

Is Vic The Reason For a Cubs Title?

With the Bears struggling to a 2-6 record this season, a lot of the focus of the Chicago sports landscape has been on the Cubs’ first World Series championship in 108 years.

While some don’t like to discuss it in Halas Hall, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is all for it. During the Cubs’ 2015 playoff run, he like to point that the Giants won two Fall Classic titles during his time in San Francisco.

So when the Cubs finally won the title this past week, Fangio was quick to soak it in. He brought a front page of the San Francisco Chronicle to his weekly news conference which read “Hell Freezes Over.”

“Best headline I saw,” said Fangio with a grin on his face.

It was from the morning after the Cubs beat the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series to capture their first title since 1908.

As you might imagine, Fangio was quite pleased.

“Only took me two years to be here to get it done,” said the defensive coordinator, who now has seen three baseball championships in the city he’s worked in since 2011.

Will Pernell keep them Angry?

It might not be a coincidence that arguably the Bears’ best defensive performance of the season came when Pernell McPhee was at his healthiest in 2016.

Against the Vikings on Monday night, the outside linebacker took his first significant snaps of the season, came up with his first sack of the year and forced a fumble in a surprise Bears’ win over Minnesota.

For better or worse, that came before the team’s bye week. The momentum of that victory could have faded a bit with 13 days between games. Yet it would figure that McPhee, an emotional leader of the defense, could sustain the feeling over two weeks.

In fact a reporter asked if the linebacker could keep the Bears “pissed off” over the bye week. McPhee answered in the affirmative.

“I did,” said the linebacker in response to the question. “Monday I told the guys that the main thing was to stay pissed off and know where we’re at and know where we could go and the sky’s the limit.

“The only thing we’ve got to do is stay focused.”

Stat of the Week – 4

The number of consecutive losses the Bears have on the road since their last victory away from home.

That came against their opponent at the same venue as they’ll have this Sunday – the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

On December 27th last season the Bears beat Tampa Bay 26-21 for their sixth and final win of the season.