Chat with Jeff Dickerson and Jurko
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! Join us on Monday for our weekly Bears chat.
Jeff Dickerson kicks things off from 11 a.m.-noon; Jurko wraps it up from noon-12:30 p.m. (All times CT.)
Send your questions now and join the chat Monday at 11 a.m. CT/noon ET!
Jeff Dickerson (11:57 AM)
Greetings from Halas Hall on this victory Monday, sorta. Let's get started breaking down the 19-14 win over the Lions.
So besides that really bad call that went good for the Bears!! HOORAY!! How would you assess the Bears D?I think it looked pretty well yesterday.
Jeff Dickerson (12:00 PM)
I agree. Granted, Shaun Hill is awful, but I can list of several defenders who stood out on the field: Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers, Tinoisamoa, and even Mark Anderson and Izzy Idonije made contributions. Overall, the defense has nothing to be ashmaed about. They'll need to play at the same level, if not better, to beat Dallas on the road this Sunday.
Nick Munson (Iowa)
What do you think the Bears need to focus on to come out with a win against the Cowboys?
Jeff Dickerson (12:03 PM)
Number one, protect the football. The Bears simply cannot turn the ball over and expect to win. Second, the offensive line better come to play. From my vantage point, the Detroit D Line won the battle up front. The Cowboys should be even better in the trenches, which is scary. Finally, no chance the Bears can overcome poor calls by the coaching staff this week. Hopefully that gets cleaned up.
How inept does Lovie Smith have to be to get fired? Doesn't the debauchery of the 4th down goal line call further prove this (among many instances over the years)?
Jeff Dickerson (12:06 PM)
Lovie makes $5 million per year and has two years left on his deal. He won back-to-back division titles in 2005-06. Those two facts have bought him time to turn things around, but if the Bears miss the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year, I just don't know how, in this current NFL climate, a coach can keep his job.
After two embarresing stops at the goaline last game, is there a chance the Bears try out one of their big men in a Fridge-esk type role? I vote Anthony Adams.
Jeff Dickerson (12:09 PM)
Ha Ha. I'd love to see Adams go up over the top and fall into the endzone. That would be awesome. But seriously, the goal-line problems have existed for the last few years. Remember Carolina in 2008? A good offensive line should always be able to get you 1 yard or 6 inches. Clearly, you can't label the Bears a "good" offensive line at this juncture.
Micah (Ladd, IL)
JD, would you agree that as bad as Lovie has been that the Bears have the coaching advantage over Dallas this week? Wade Phillips is just HORRIBLE!
Jeff Dickerson (12:10 PM)
Let's just call it a draw.
Did you see anything in the o-line Sunday that eases your concerns about them?
Jeff Dickerson (12:11 PM)
Instead of alternating between the 2 backs, wouldn't it be better if Chester Taylor is the goal line back? According to ESPN's stats, Forte has 3 TDs in 33 goal-to-go carries. Hopefully the coaches see this.
Jeff Dickerson (12:12 PM)
That's a great point Pat. But c'mon, four chances to move the ball one yard. That offensive line needs to move the pile.
Naman P (Chicago)
I don't feel comfortable with that win, please explain why that wasn't a touchdown and why the lions didnt win. (i'm a bears fan but I still think the lions had that game)
Jeff Dickerson (12:15 PM)
The call was correct. A receiver must come down with control of the football to qualify as a catch. The spirit of the rule is up for debate, but the officials made the right decision. Don't feel bad about any win in the NFL. The Bears will probably have a game stolen from them at some point this season. It's called NFL karma.
What was the problem between Cutler and Knox? They seemed to be off the entire game.
Jeff Dickerson (12:16 PM)
I don't think Knox knew exactly where he was going yesterday. Probably not going to be a fun film session for him this week.
After being at the game and seeing the playing surface in person why is the Bears play on the worst field.Why won't the Bears or the Park District do something about it? I couldn't even see the hash marks or numbers clearly.
Jeff Dickerson (12:18 PM)
Chris, they installed new sod after the Arizona game. If it looked bad yesterday, think about the shape that field is going to be in come November and December.
Where was Devin Hester in the passing game? Seems as though the other Devin has claimed his role.
Jeff Dickerson (12:19 PM)
Hester had 1 ball thrown his way. 1 ball. No question Aromashodu is the No. 1 target for Cutler. No question about it.
esteban (austin tx)
can we beat dallas is the question
Jeff Dickerson (12:21 PM)
Sure, the Bears can win. Now, I don't think they will. Dallas didn't look like world-beaters last night versus Washington, and their offensive line is banged up. But Tony Romo is good. I remember the last time the Bears played Romo (2007), it looked like I was watching the "Matrix". Romo was avoiding the Bears pass rush like Keanu Reeves was doding those bullets.
J Waight (Nashville, TN)
What did you take from Martz's first game as OC? I think we saw some great signs offensively that were only negated by turnovers.
Jeff Dickerson (12:25 PM)
From a numbers standpoint, the Bears offense was really good. But yes, the turnovers killed them. Plus, at times, they looked out of sync and the line struggled all afternoon. But I thought Martz called a pretty decent game. Cutler made good decisions, with the exception of the INT, and also wisely scrambled out of the pocket a few times. I think Cutler's ability to make plays with his feet is a vastly underrated part of his game.
Gayle Sayers (Chicago)
After the first game, was I wrong about my pre-season analysis of the Bears?
Jeff Dickerson (12:25 PM)
Brian Urlacher wants to know how many rings you have Gayle.
Roger (Windy City)
Do you think the Bears can make the playoffs this year? Is it too early to break out the Shrimp Cocktails to celebrate?
Jeff Dickerson (12:27 PM)
Yeah, I'd leave the shrimp cocktail in the freezer for right now. But if they upset Dallas, they'll have a ton of momentum coming home to face GB on MNF the following week.
So Julius Peppers knocked Matthew Stafford out for the game but did he have a great debut as a Bears player???
Jeff Dickerson (12:29 PM)
If you define "great" as crippling the opponents chances of moving the ball down the field for nearly the entire second half...then yes..Peppers had a great debut.
Scott (New Hampshire)
Do you think Major Wright will have an impact on Special teams or will he become a starting LB when fully healthy?
Jeff Dickerson (12:31 PM)
Starting FS. That's the plan for Wright. Too early to know if he's starting this week, but if he's not, expect Wright to continue rotating in with Chris Harris. But did you notice who was at FS for the final drive.? Major Wright.
if we dont turn the ball over 4 times against the cowboys an our defense plays the way they did yesterday do we win by ten?
Jeff Dickerson (12:31 PM)
Jamal, the Bears probably win by 20 if they don't cough up the football.
i would love for us to go after vincent jackson. but would it not be better for the bears if we went after a good LT or G to improve a horrible line? we could go after LT mccniel from san diego or mankins from new england?
Jeff Dickerson (12:33 PM)
I think you make a solid point Keith. To me, I think the Bears need help on the offensive line, so I'd be in favor of any move made to help that area. They can live with their receivers, who are pretty decent, but this O Line...oh boy.
Al James (St. Paul, MN)
If Aromashodu, Knox, Olsen, and Forte are receiving the vast majority of the pass attempts from Cutler, would this be the best opportunity to bring back Hester to a full-time returners role? After only having ONE pass thrown to him all game, the coachin staff is just wasting his talent.
Jeff Dickerson (12:34 PM)
Here's why Al.....$$$$$.
Oy vey, oy vey, oy vey. The production of the wide receivers against a very questionable defenseive backfield of the Lions has me concerned. Leading receiver - easily - was Forte. The receivers, at times, looked like their feet were stuck in a vat of donut dough! Should I be worried?
Jeff Dickerson (12:37 PM)
I think it's clear Aromashodu and Know (when he knows where he's going) can make plays in this offense. Martz always uses his RBs in the passing game, so expect plenty of opportunities for Forte and Taylor. Throw in Olsen...and the Bears should be able to move the ball through the air. But they will face MUCH better secondaries over the next 15 weeks. Did anybody else see C.C. Brown keep clubbing Aromashodu yesterday. That was funny.
i HAVE TO SAY DESPITE THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY AND OUR COSTLY TURNOVERS I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY THE OFFENSE MOVED THE BALL.THAT BEING SAID DO YOU THINK WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO FEILD A LEGIT OFFENSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE?IF SO WITH THE WAY OUR D PLAYED I THINK WE COULD BE IN FOR A SURPRISINGLY GOOD YEAR.
Jeff Dickerson (12:40 PM)
MAYBE. BUT IF THE BEARS TURN THE BALL OVER, THEY WON'T WIN. MY PREDICTION FOR THE SEASON STILL STANDS AT 9-7. YESTERDAY DID NOT CHANGE THAT.
Ricky (Yuba City)
Do you think Alex Smith can lead the 49ers back to the playoffs? He has small hands and seems to the reaction time of a three toed sloth, and the field vision of a dead corpse.
Jeff Dickerson (12:43 PM)
Sounds like he played quarterback for the Bears in 2004. How about SF? I thought they were the team to beat in the NFC West? I bet Singletary puts on the pads this week and goes against his guys in practice. Either that or he drops his pants. Both would be funny.
Was that corey wooten on the field a lot sunday? Good to see
Jeff Dickerson (12:44 PM)
No, he was inactive.
Any word on the DeMarcus Ware injury? Hopefully he will be out against us next week.
Jeff Dickerson (12:45 PM)
Ware said today he's playing Sunday versus the Bears.
I can't get too excited about the defensive game yet. I mean, Stafford was average and Shaun Hill stood in the pocket, upright and immobile, like a frozen Otter Pop. We can't get too excited about going to the slate defensively yet, can we??
Jeff Dickerson (12:48 PM)
Don't go crazy and think the Bears are the #1 defense in the league, but also give them some credit. For the most part, they played well, especially the big-names like Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers. But the real test will be the next two weeks against Dallas and GB.
Do the Bears have the hammer strength to go to the slate with power and win the division? I love what Martz brings to the team.
Jeff Dickerson (12:50 PM)
Savi, I don't know exactly what you mean by "hammer strength", but I like the phrase. Can I use that moving forward?
What was the O-Line grade in game 1?
Jeff Dickerson (12:53 PM)
Wow. Um...I would have to say C- or D. We'll see what the Bears say about it. Maybe they saw things differently after watching the film. Maybe that wasn't Frank Omiyale I saw get pushed backwards 5 yards by Suh on the goal line in the first half. Perhaps I was mistaken. I'm kidding, of course.
Is Purple Drank an issue in the NFL? Or is that a JaMarcus Russell issue? JaMarcus lazy.
Jeff Dickerson (12:55 PM)
Purple Drank is a league wide issue, not exclusive to JaMarcus Russell or T.I. and his wife.
Sammy B (Houston)
JD - Here were the problems as I saw it (*heard it on the radio): TURNOVERS. RED ZONE (AGAIN). Turnovers they can fix...what do we do to get these guys to finish in the red zone? If they cut out the mistakes and finished in the red zone yesterday, that game could have been 35-0.How do they fix this?(Good to see Urlacher kickin' butt again too!)
Jeff Dickerson (12:58 PM)
The Bears turnovers yesterday are easily correctable. Hang on to the football Forte and Olsen...and don't throw the ball to a spot where 3 defenders are standing Cutler. All can be fixed. Actually fixing the problem is the issue. I bet Houston is bumping today. Big win for the Texans over Indy.
Jeff Dickerson (1:00 PM)
Great talking with everybody. Need to get ready for Lovie's press conference. Also, hosting tonight from 7-10 CT w/ Michael Wright. Tune in if you want to talk some Bears or need a break from MNF. Thanks again. You guys are great.
Jeff Dickerson (1:01 PM)
Oh man, I almost forgot. Now it's time to turn it over to former NFL defensive stud John Jurkovic. Take it away Jurko...........
Jurko (1:02 PM)
Nice win. A win is a win is a win. It's tough in the NFL to get wins.
greg (crown point)
I asked jay at the expo during Q and A if things were gonna change with our red zone offense this year and so far we are 0 for 4 and the playcalling is predictable and we seem to come out of attack mode. Why does it seem like they lose their edge in the red zone and when are we going to start using Aromashadu like the Vikings use Sidney Rice and throw some jump balls to this guy.
Jurko (1:04 PM)
First of all, the OL can't push people around. That's why they won't run in balls clsoe to the goal line. You also in the short field have a constricted area, and those normal windows you have, become smaller and you have to be more perfect. Why throw jump balls if you don't have to . I'm all for the long ball. DA should have had the pass in the end zone. Why not run efficiently run plays instead of a 50-50? They don't just throw jump balls to Rice. The fade is a hit-or-miss route. I like the fade, not liek DA is that much taller where it's an advantage.
I thought that call was garbage. What do you think of the "Process" call?
Jurko (1:05 PM)
The refs are there to ejudicate the game. The refs got it right. Blame the NFL and the competition committee b ecause it was a TD. Your eyes don't lie. The ref signaled a TD. Bad rule. Blame the NFL.
Jurko, with the CJ no-TD taking the spotlight, I thought that Cutler, Urlacher, and Briggs (Forte goes without mention) had good games. Who stood out to you?
Jurko (1:07 PM)
Briggs stood out to me, Peppers, Urlacher, Forte was exception. And I thought DA.
If the Bears pulled out a close one against Detroit, what does that say about rest of season.
Jurko (1:08 PM)
Doesn't say antyhing. Each week is an independent game. Players have to come out next week and execute game plan. Have to execute on every Sudnay. Bears executed well enough to win. They're catching Dallas how? Without 2 OTs and maybe without Ware. Might catch them at a good time.
Christopher (Mesa, AZ)
Hey Jurko, Watching Chris Williams at left tackle last year to this is that he looks stiff and is not moving his feet as well as last year. Question is is his back bothering him? He does not look the same as the last 4 games from last year.
Jurko (1:10 PM)
Wouldn't surprise me if his back were bothering him. But in this system, have to get a deeper set and you have to continue your block in a solid position. Omiyale just stopped blocking couple of times and got his QB killed. Took the guy out and figured I blocked the guy enough. Can't count to 3-4 and say I've done my job and stop.
I think the call was right, dont we see calls all the time where the receiver catches the ball in the air and then lands on the field and the ball pops loose and is ruled incomplete?
Jurko (1:11 PM)
This isn't the sideline. ONce he establishes possession in the end zone, it's a TD. He should have spiked it. You have to possesion to spike it don't you?
Jurko, Who's the worst player on the Bears offensive line?
Jurko (1:11 PM)
Right now Louis. From worst to best: Louis, Omi-God second worst, Garza third, Kreutz and Williams. We probably h ave one of the bottom 5 OLs in the NFL.
Why can't Jerry Angelo evaluate talent in the draft? No one cares that the top picks from 2009 did not make this team? Chris Williams is awful...when will he be held responsible?
Jurko (1:13 PM)
I hope the Bears win, guys. I don't want to see a ton of turnover, because I don't know if that helps. Even if they win and go 9-7, The Bears need to know what they have. Seems to me they can't judge whetther Angelo is a good GM and Smith is a good coach. Unfortunatley, might take a new owner.
patrick (phoenix, az)
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the bears using double tight end sets to protect cutler. Do you think this is something they can do week in and week out or is that a temporary patch?
Jurko (1:14 PM)
I think ti's a change of protection. Handful of max protection and two receiver routes. Every team has it. They're a staple of what Martz likes to do. That's cuz he knows the routes will take a long time to develop, so that's when you go max protect. Probalby did it four times. 4 of 70 not that bad.
This is going to be a long year if the Bears can't score in the red zone. Tunovers are going to kill them... Do you think Greg Olsen 's role will decrease given that he fumbled inside the ten yard line??
Jurko (1:16 PM)
No, I think they'll keep him out there unforutnately. Thank God he caught that one for a first down to keep the drive alive. Thank God. Looked like he didn't realize he needed to go in the middle utnil the guy pushed him there. To me he still doesnt' have recognition. YOu saw him catch balls and then cower. I'm not impressed, never bee impressed.
I thought there were more positives than negatives in the detroit game.. but people are already on the ledge.
Jurko (1:16 PM)
I'm not on the ledge. The Bears did enough great things where I think this offense will be better than a lot of pople give credit for. And the bark might be back for the defense.
While DA had a solid game, he dropped a touchdown pass and a 2 point conv. I know he was getting drilled, but he needs to work on holding onto some of these passes, this is the NFL and they hit hard.
Jurko (1:18 PM)
The conversion the guy's arm was in there. he dropped a TD pass, no gray area. he caught a couple balls where he was immedaitely stuck, and he hung on. He's not your problem. Knox not knowing where to go, that's your problem.
Lovie HAS to go! It's one thing to make the call to go on 4th down in the heat of the battle instead of opting for the lead, but to later defend it smugly as a no-brainer thing he would do 100% of the time is idiotic. He needs to be fired for his stubborn pride and the games it will cost us in the future. Agree or disagree?
Jurko (1:19 PM)
Agree. Might be the most idiotic decision I've ever seen a coach make. And if that wasn't firable, because they won, him stating he would do it over again would have him packing his bags at Halas today. By the fourth you know if yoru OL can dominate a D-line. That DL was dominating. To be ostrich like and put your head in the sand and thin it's going to work becuase you want it to work, diesn't work in the NFL. It's where the big boys play.
Jurko (1:20 PM)
By the way, the Bears running backs had 26 rushes for 79 yards. It's barely 3.0 ypc. That is indicative of your OL being rotten.
in your opinion... Is DA the Bears best WR?
Jurko (1:20 PM)
Yes, hands down. He has height, size and durability, and he knows where to go.
Two questions:Why do the Bears give the deep out to their opponents in the final two minutes when they have the lead (the final drive yesterday/Atlanta 2008)?With all the concern at O-Line, shouldn't they have dressed J'Marcus Webb/more than seven offensive linemen?
Jurko (1:22 PM)
They're not giving it to them. They're playing the game and the coverage you have to play. You don't give up the bomb in that situation. YOu give them deep route and hope you can break on it and make a play. Most teams keep only 7 OL active. SO i woldn' do it.
How about that play by briggs? A sack and stripping the ball?That was like Jefferson at riddell highesque. I wonder if they told briggs shawn hill messed with his t-bird before the game.
Jurko (1:23 PM)
First of all it wasn't a sack, it was a run play. Great forced fumble and recovery. That's what I expect from LBs when they're not blocked. Impact plays. Urlacher not blocked, sack. When nobody touches you, you better do something special.
Over/Under 8 wins for the bears - AND does Cutler make it through this season with our O-line being so miserable?
Jurko (1:23 PM)
Under. It will be a miracle if he sees Thanksgiving.
Any chance Angelo gets canned if Bears miss playoffs, or would it have to be a debacle of a year (only 3-4 wins)? Really do not want him running another draft.
Jurko (1:24 PM)
His ability to evaluate young talent is off the charts bad. Especially at the OL position. Unfortunately, I'm cheering for the Bears to surprise everyone and make the playoffs. But with this OL it will be tough.
Williams ahead of Kreutz? Williams has looked TERRIBLE!!!
Jurko (1:25 PM)
Kreutz gets pushed all over the field in the run.
Stonebreaker (Billings Montana)
Do you think that had we lost that game due to not kicking the go ahead field goal that it would have been a call worth firing Lovie? It was a no brainer to me and everyone at the bar.
Jurko (1:26 PM)
There was plenty of time. I would have kicked the field goal, in the fourth quarter you take the lead. You don't knwo if you'll get another opportunity. YOu take the lead. You're not paying the field position game at that point. That doesn't make sense. early in the game, when you're down there, maybe you go for it? I wouldn't blame a guy. In the fourth, you take a lead. He should have reversed the two decisions, nobody would be arguing about it.
SteveFitz (Chicago, IL)
I also thought there were more positives than negatives. The D looked good, regardless if it was vs Detroit or not. Best is a special back and it's nice to see the Bears D have it's speed back to control a speedy RB like Best.
Jurko (1:27 PM)
Yeah defense looked good. Made big plays, forced turnovers, now the offense has to take advantage. Was Tommie Harris on the field yesterday?
What issues do you think are correctable between now and next week? (Play calling, fumbles, dropped passes, receiver routes, etc.)
Jurko (1:28 PM)
Execution and holding onto the football. Being in the right spots and holding onto the football, very correctable. And understanding depth of sets for the OL. But you can't make guys smarter, tougher in a week.
Angleo's problem is that he thinks he is going to find adiamond in the rough every year... Gilbert was their first pick last year and they cut him becasue he didn't fit the "system"... I thought you drafted people to fit the system... what a joke.
Jurko (1:29 PM)
Gilbert was a system guy. He was tall, angular, 6-4, 260, that's what they like with their guys. Looka t them, they're all the same. Sometimes the answer is sitting in front of your fac eand you don't want to take it. The Bears should do what the Sox did and fire all their scouts.
Predictions on sacks for Peppers this year? I thought he had a shot at the record, the offensive lines are favorable matchups but i also expected 2 or 3 sacks against Lions
Jurko (1:30 PM)
My prediction is 13 sacks. He'll have a 3-sack game a couple of times, then 4 games when he doens't get one. Problem is nobody else is pressuring the QB.
Did you see if Tillman was shadowing Johnson the whole game? And how do you think Bowman fared?
Jurko (1:30 PM)
I think it was 50-50 depending on what side CJ went. I thought Bowman had a good day, just got outjmped at the end and saved by the NFL competition committee.
Jurko (1:31 PM)
It won't be easy, but it can be done in Dallas. Their offense still is trying to figurre out what they need to do. But if Ware plays, he might have five sacks, or Anthony Spencer.
Jurko (1:31 PM)
Thanks for all the questions. See you again on Thursday.