Alabama’s permanent team captain – Minkah Fitzpatrick – unsurprisingly took home the Jim Thorpe award this evening. The junior safety was named the nation’s top defensive back on the same day that his defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, took the head coaching job at Tennessee. Unfortunately, neither of these accomplishments hold the same weight as does ‘Future Chicago Bear’.

After last year’s bidding war debacle against himself, nobody should trust Ryan Pace to have any say in a high-round draft strategy. Here’s an easy one: draft Alabama’s best defensive player. Eddie Jackson’s 2 TD game is evidence enough. Fitzpatrick will be a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft, and the Bears just lost to the 1-win 49ers on 5 field goals.

The game officially eliminated the Bears from playoff contention, as if sneaking into the wild card was a scenario even worth entertaining. (The LMBF staff definitely had a long discussion about the Bears playoff hopes after they beat the Panthers) If the previous few weeks hadn’t already indicated it, this past Sunday also marked the time to just flat out tank for the remainder of the season in hopes of ending up with another supposed cornerstone of the franchise.

More than anything, I hope that player is Minkah Fitzpatrick. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from the once-vaunted Bears defense this season. He’s poised to excel wherever he ends up, but adding him to a shaky secondary would be an absolute blessing. Minkah Fitzpatrick, congrats on the Thorpe Award, but that pales in comparison to becoming the next legendary Monster of the Midway.

Not that the Bears will do anything different the remainder of the season, but it’s time to #StinkForMinkah.