Good morning, here are some Bears Essentials, as the team prepares to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field:
-- Maybe you missed it, but during an interview on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger”, which airs Sunday on WMAQ-TV NBC Chicago, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said he likely would’ve signed the contract that maxed out at $2 million had the team been more candid during negotiations.
Sounds to me like Urlacher has had some time to reflect on the whole ordeal, and although he claims to not miss football, I think at least a small part of him wants to be a part of what’s taking place now with new head coach Marc Trestman at the helm.
-- Vikings team reporter Ben Goessling and I preview the matchup between Minnesota and Chicago, and give our predictions. Spoiler alert: we both picked the same team to win.
-- Bears right tackle Jordan Mills was listed at No. 8 on Mel Kiper Jr.’s NFL Rookie Rankings. Mills tried hard to play it cool at first, but he was smiling ear to ear while talking about how much he respects Kiper and the fact the draft guru placed him among the top 15 rookies.
-- Rick Telander says Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has way too much on his plate right now to be worrying about calling Urlacher. This is one of the smarter takes on the situation.
-- ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg debate four questions during the sites weekly Four Downs feature. Dickerson doesn’t believe in Cutler just yet, and made that abundantly clear in answering the question of whether the quarterback will make fewer mistakes this season in Marc Trestman’s offense.
Here’s what Dickerson wrote: “Fiction. Can't make that assumption based off just one week. Cutler had an excellent performance in Week 1, and if he consistently plays at that level, the Bears are in great shape. But it's too early to tell. Cutler is still prone to making bad decisions. Remember, he lit up the Colts last season in Week 1 with 333 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The next week in Green Bay he tossed four picks and posted a quarterback rating of 28.2.”
You write the truth, Dickerson. I agree for right now. One game is not a large enough body of work to make a definitive judgement.
-- Speaking of Cutler, CSNChicago.com’s John “Moon” Mullin ponders whether the quarterback is becoming a clutch player.