1920 Football Drive: Episode Two
The second episode of “1920 Football Drive” provides an inside look at the QB competition. It also looks into how the defensive line copes with Eddie Goldman’s absence and much more.
The Chicago Bears released episode two of “1920 Football Drive” on Friday afternoon. The episode was originally scheduled for a Thursday night release. However, the team decided to postpone it for undisclosed reasons.
Nevertheless, Episode Two starts getting into the real football content which Episode One lacked.
Episode Two Rundown
The second installment of the 1920 Football drive kicks off with a quick intro that shows a few players working out in the weight room. Jeff Joniak then gives the viewers a quick glimpse of how crucial each rep in this QB competition will be. This transitions to an inside look of the quarterback’s meeting room where John DeFilippo (QB Coach) is breaking down film of each throw and the mechanics of the throws with Trubisky and Foles. As well as, oft forgotten, Tyler Bray.
In the next segment, 1920 Football Drive gives the fans a look inside the defensive line’s meeting room, where, DL Coach Jay Rodgers makes Akiem Hicks the focal point of the meeting, as well as highlighting how important Bilal Nichols, John Jenkins, and Roy Robertson-Harris will be in Eddie Goldman’s absence. Goldman had decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Next up, the Bears got an opportunity to hang out with Eddie Jackson as he was mic’d up for practice. Jackson and the other DBs were caught fooling around and for a moment at the expense of Kyle Fuller. The 2x Pro Bowler’s personality really radiates during this segment. He made the most mundane task, like hydrating, exhilarating. Whether that be his fascination with canned Gatorade or Deja Blue water. “Deja Blue. Man, I always think about you”.
In the words of Bobby Boucher, “That’s what I call high quality H20”.
It’s not just about hydration. Football players require a proper diet and a fast recovery for their bodies. As seen in the coming moments with Jenn Gibson, the team’s Sports Science Coordinator & Dietitian, who happens to be the first female in Chicago Bears history to have a role in football operations. As Joniak mentions while covering the story “Quite simply, Jenn Gibson feeds the Bears”. A few moments later, some of the players are seen entering Bears Fit, the fitness center created by the team, to get their cryotherapy session in. Cryotherapy supposedly aids in their recovery and relieves their muscle pain.
In the final segment of the episode, Head Coach Matt Nagy is mic’d up. He’s seen and heard talking to various players during practice and scrimmages. In this instance, Robert Quinn and rookie TE Cole Kmet. Also heard from Nagy was quite a bit of praise for Mitch Trubisky.
Thoughts on Episode Two
An instant improvement from Episode One was the length of the episode. 21 minutes of Bears content trumps 15 minutes of Bears content. That being said “1920 Football Drive” finally delivered what the fans really wanted to see…actual football content.
More importantly, they got to see how far along the team was with the QB competition, given the urgency for improved play from the position and the acquisition of Nick Foles. The insight on the battle is on top of all Bears fans’ minds and due to the limited media access, not much is being reported. The only reports are the usual “QB A looked better than QB B today”, which doesn’t really tell you much. It is weird that that the viewers got to see more of Trubisky and praise for him than they did Foles in this episode. I’m curious to know if that was by design?
This week the fans got to see a little bit of the DBs, DL, and QBs. Which positions will be focused on in Episode Three?
You can watch the second episode of “1920 Football Drive” in it’s entirety below.