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Bruner’s Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Why Dak Prescott is Getting Too Much Heat

by Evan Bruner Once again, The Dallas Cowboys found themselves on the losing end of a playoff game, falling to the red-hot 49ers, 19-12. The closely contested game was a stalemate for the first three quarters before the 49ers took control and sent Dallas packing for the second year in ...

Bruner’s Beat: What to Make of Brock Purdy’s Success

by Evan Bruner There are many reasons people are drawn to sports. The action, the complexity, the teamwork. Few activities can match the excitement of a sporting event. Sports don’t just make for great games, they make for great stories — ones that can be told for decades. For every ...

Bruner’s Beat: Kliff Kingsbury and the Failure of College Coaches in the NFL

by Evan Bruner The Arizona Cardinals officially moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday after a disappointing 4-13 season. To many, Kingsbury’s firing seemed inevitable. He was a controversial hire from the start. His uninspiring 35-40 record as head coach at Texas Tech did little to ease skeptics ...

Bruner’s Beat: Is J.J. McCarthy Really the Answer for Michigan?

by Evan Bruner 2022 went out in style, thanks to two thoroughly entertaining playoff games. The contests, which featured TCU taking down Big Ten Champion Michigan and top-ranked Georgia clawing out a victory against Ohio State, were decided by one score and came down to the final seconds. For college ...

Bruner’s Beat: Bears Drop Their Sixth Straight

The Chicago Bears’ skid continued in Week 13, as they fell to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a score of 28-19. The loss marks the Bears’ sixth straight and their eighth consecutive against their rival. Additionally, the defeat, combined with the Detroit Lions’ win, puts Chicago in ...

Bruner’s Beat: The Bears Drop Their Third Straight

by Evan Bruner The Chicago Bears dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling to the Detroit Lions 31-30. The team’s struggles from the past month persisted, as the offense’s solid play was overshadowed by the defense’s inability to make a stop. With the recent trades of Roquan Smith and Robert ...

Bruner’s Beat: Breaking Down the Chase Claypool Trade

by Evan Bruner   The Chicago Bears finished off the trade deadline with another splash move, acquiring wide receiver Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2023 second-round pick. Claypool, a second-round selection in the 2020 draft, has 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown on the year ...

Bruner’s Beat: Understanding Both Sides of the Roquan Smith Trade

by Evan Bruner The Chicago Bears continued to make headlines at the trade deadline, moving star linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens for a second and fifth-round pick. Smith, the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft, currently leads the league with 83 total tackles to go with 2.5 ...

Bruner’s Beat: The Bears Trade Robert Quinn to The Eagles

by Evan Bruner   Fresh off a big win on Monday Night Football, Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears wasted no time getting back to work, trading veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2023 fourth-round pick. Quinn, who signed with the Bears in the 2020 ...

Is the Christian McCaffrey Trade Really What the 49ers Needed?

by Evan Bruner   Shock waves were sent across the NFL Thursday night when Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2023 second-round pick, 2023 third-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick, and 2024 fifth-round pick. On the surface, this trade ...

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