Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Bears Twitter Welcomes JJ McCarthy To The NFL In Brilliant Fashion

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Caleb Williams wasn’t the only 1st round quarterback to join the NFC North division this year. The Minnesota Vikings selected JJ McCarthy 10th overall. The Michigan standout went 27-1 during his college career, winning a national title last season. Minnesota believes he can be the long-term replacement for Kirk Cousins. His championship pedigree may also finally get them back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976. Then again, he will have to go a reinvigorate division to get there, including the Chicago Bears.

The NFL is not college. While football fans can always talk trash, the pro level is a different beast compared to what he saw in Ann Arbor. They come at you from all angles, nowhere more so than social media. It seems one Bears fan decided to give him a taste of things to come. McCarthy, like most other 1st picks, attended a photo shoot for the NFLPA. He went through some basic throws to give people a look at him in full uniform. That was went @CHITOWNDREW23 struck.

JJ McCarthy won’t have the luxury of winning his old way anymore.

He succeeded at Michigan by being an outstanding game manager. He made good decisions, protected the football, and moved the sticks when needed. The running game and defense did the rest. That type of offense won’t fly in the NFL. Minnesota will need him to throw the football a lot more often, especially with how their current offense is constructed. Will that be a problem? McCarthy had four games in his college career where he threw 33 or more passes in a game, which is the league average. He had five touchdowns and three interceptions across that span. Teams are certain that he can carry a team on his right arm, which is why he was the fifth quarterback taken.

Maybe he will become a consummate winner in the NFL as well. Then again, winning a national title in college guarantees nothing at this level. Mac Jones, Jameis Winston, Vince Young, and Matt Leinart can all attest to that. JJ McCarthy comes in with a lot to prove and plenty of people eager to test him. The Bears defense is among them. They are among the best in the league once again, with a secondary that is difficult to attack. If he’s not careful, that video may end up being a warning from the future.

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Dr. Steven Sallie
Dr. Steven Sallie
May 21, 2024 1:53 pm

The last time I walked the Diagonal on campus was August 2016. At the bottom of it are pictures of student protests during the Vietnam War. That is when I met Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, one was principled and committed suicide, while the other wanted personal fame and became a stockbroker.

jam
jam
May 19, 2024 11:23 pm

Huge Michigan fan as from there. I think J.J. will be fine in the pros.

Since you lumped him with previous National Champion qb’s let’s also compare rosters of those same teams. How many 5* on Michigan roster at WR? Or any position period?! Compared to those other teams?

Jim Jones
May 19, 2024 10:14 am

In the past we trade JF and take McCarthy or Maye.

I dug Plank
I dug Plank
May 19, 2024 8:38 am

Let’s see: 1) Outstanding Game Manager. 2) Protected the football. 3) Made good decisions. 4) Moved the sticks. And by the way, 27-1. For how many seasons have we been begging for something like this for the Bears? I think McCarthy will thrive, but I think and truly hope CW will be special.

Dr. Steven Sallie
Dr. Steven Sallie
May 18, 2024 9:36 pm

Born in Minneapolis and did grad work at Ann Arbor. I really like both cities, but I am a fan of neither McCarthy nor Harbaugh.

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