Bulls aim to clean up turnover issues

735828.png

Bulls aim to clean up turnover issues

When observers look at the past two games for the Bulls, they might wonder why it would take an overtime period to relinquish the Pistons on Sunday and -- even with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng out on Monday -- how it's possible to lose to the Wizards, two teams with less combined wins than the Bulls' 46?

That Kevin Seraphin, he came out of nowhere, said Kyle Korver. Hes a good player, a big boy, heavy and strong boy. They just kind of beat us up down low.

Korver was referring to the Wizards second-year forward after his 21-point, 13-rebound and five blocks were key to Washingtons dominance over Chicago with a 48-22 edge in points in the paint.

Turnovers in particular have hurt the Bulls the past three games as theyre averaging 17 in that span. They gave away that amount on Wednesday and it helped the Wizards to 20 fast break points, while they could only muster two points in the open court.

We have to play a lot better, said Coach Tom Thibodeau. That part is on me. I have to get the team to play well, we have more than enough to win with. We didnt do our job tonight, I didnt do my job. It starts with me. I have to have them ready.

Added Korver: What makes us a good team is were a lot of pieces that fit really well together and we all bring something different and we all just need to do our jobs and do whatever it is that we do. They played a lot harder than we did tonight and that was the bottom line. They got a lot of guys who are playing for their careers and it just goes to show in the NBA you can win any night, you can lose any night.

We dont need to coast until the end of the season, we just have to win our games, he continued. Lets go win them. we can win them. We can win every single one. We have to get healthy, we have to get some timing, guys are beat up but we can. After the New York game on April 8, it was like the world is crashing down on us, then we won two big games and everything was amazing. We just have to get back to playing good basketball.

The Bulls seem to also fall into lulls during the game before picking up their intensity towards the end. That was on display in Sundays overtime win in Detroit and again vs. Washington -- only this time, their late push fell just short.

To be honest, thats the way weve been playing, said Thibodeau. That edge and that sense of urgency has to be there at the start of the game. Were scrambling at the end and executing well at the end, but thats not the way you win. Youre not going to be consistent by doing that.

As angry and disgusted as Thibodeau was after Mondays loss, Wednesdays game against the Charlotte Bobcats is the perfect matchup for a bounce-back performance foucing on correcting the mistakes that have plagued the team recently.

I think we just try to get a little too cute with the ball, said Korver. I think sometimes, its fun to make the pass that gets the assists and sometimes you just have to swing the ball and I think were making too many assist passes instead of making the easy play.

Bears Talk Podcast: Reacting to acquisition of QB Mitch Trubisky

trubisky_podcast.jpg
USA TODAY

Bears Talk Podcast: Reacting to acquisition of QB Mitch Trubisky

In the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears traded up to No. 2 overall and drafted QB Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina. Chris Boden, Alex Brown, and Hub Arkush sat down and talked about the moves made by Ryan Pace and what this means for the franchise's future. 

Also, hear from Trubisky himself speaking at the podium in Philadelphia as well as his former Tarheel Head Coach, Larry Fedora on what the signal caller can bring to the Bears. Finally, listen to the full podium availability of Pace after day one of the draft.

Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.

Bears will not have quarterback competition: ‘Glennon is our starter’

Bears will not have quarterback competition: ‘Glennon is our starter’

The Bears’ aggressive decision to trade up and draft Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick won’t create a quarterback competition this summer and fall, general manager Ryan Pace said. 

Pace made it clear that Mike Glennon, who the Bears signed in March, will be the team’s starting quarterback when they open the 2017 season Sept. 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. 

“There’s no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here,” Pace said. “Glennon is our starting quarterback. We’ll focus on Mitch’s development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears.”

Both Glennon and Trubisky, though, are no strangers to quarterback competitions — and coming out on the wrong side of them. Glennon, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, lost his starting job midway through the 2013 season to Josh McCown, then permanently was relegated to backup duty when Jamies Winston was picked first overall in 2014. 

Trubisky, too, was unable to beat out Marquise Williams for North Carolina’s starting quarterback job in 2014 and 2015, only taking over after the graduation of Williams, an undrafted free agent who didn’t stick on an NFL roster. Pace pointed to Williams having “chemistry” within the Tarheels’ offense, though, which powered North Carolina to an 11-win season in 2015. 

Pace said the Bears don’t have a timetable for when they expect Trubisky to take over as the team’s starter. But given Glennon’s contract is structured so the Bears could cut him for $2.5 million next year — bringing his guaranteed money to $18.5 million — there could be an opening for Trubisky as soon as 2018.

It’s worth noting, too, that it’s rare for quarterbacks in the same range as Trubisky to not play in their rookie years. The last quarterback drafted in the top 10 to not start a game their first year in the league was Tennessee’s Jake Locker (eighth overall) in 2011. And the last time a quarterback effectively was benched his entire rookie year was 2004, when fourth overall pick Philip Rivers appeared in two games and attempted eight passes for the San Diego Chargers.

But the Bears won’t plan on Trubisky taking playing time away from Glennon this fall, and feel they have an ideal situation set up to develop their highest draft pick since the AFL-NFL merger. 

“I talked to Mike tonight, he understands the competitiveness of our business at every single position,” Pace said. “Mike also understands he’s our starting quarterback. Mike’s been here working hard all the time, already developing leadership with his teammates. I’m extremely excited about Mike Glennon this season and I’m extremely excited about adding Mitch to our roster.”