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Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! The Bears are coming off their fourth straight loss, but return home to face the St. Louis Rams. Join us on Thursday for our weekly Bears chat.
Jeff Dickerson kicks things off from 10:30-11 a.m.; NFL Insider Matt Williamson will take your Rams questions from 11-11:30 a.m.; Jon Greenberg jumps in from 11:30 a.m. - Noon; Jurko finishes things off from noon-12:30 p.m. (All times CT)
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Jeff Dickerson (11:31 AM)
What's up everybody! Let's break down Bears vs. Rams....just kidding. Fire away with all your questions (no pun intended).
do you believe the bears have contacted Colwer?
Jeff Dickerson (11:34 AM)
No. However, that's not to say that Cowher wouldn't be a great choice to replace Lovie. But at this very moment, the Bears are likely to bring back Smith in 2010. So if Lovie is coming back (barring a total disaster to Rams, Lions, etc), why would the team contact Cowher? John Clayton made that point very clear yesterday on the Afternoon Saloon.
Kyle McEntire (Springfield,MO)
I saw a rumor on Yahoo sports that the Bears could possibility be looking for a new GM. I know this is just a rumor but can I start to plan a party for the day Jerry Angelo get fired? we need someone that wants to win.
Jeff Dickerson (11:37 AM)
Jerry Angelo is under contract for four more years. Plus, the NFL is heading towards a lockout in 2011. The Bears probably don't think this is the best time to change general managers, given all those circumstances. However, Angelo's draft record since 2003/04 is very suspect. He deserves all the criticism coming his way. But I do think Jerry does want to win.
i like John Clayton, but trust Hub Arkish a little more. He said the Bears have reached out to Cowler so that's why i asked what you guys thought
Jeff Dickerson (11:39 AM)
I understand. I like Hub as well. Great guy...who used to always bring me free copies of PFW when I produced the Dick Jauron show in 2000. But it really doesn't make sense that the Bears would have already reached out to Cowher. Who reached out? Ted Phillips...no. Jeryy...no. Virginia...no. So, what McCaskey has the authority to make such a bold move. I don't question Hub, I just question the chain of command at Halas Hall. That's why I tend to think Cowher hasn't been contacted by anybody who can make that type of decision.
Tyler (Iowa City)
What Bears coaches do you expect to be fired after this season?
Jeff Dickerson (11:42 AM)
Lovie already fired some of his defensive staff last year (Lloyd Lee, Brick Haley), so all the changes will likely come on offense. All of the coaches on that side of the ball may be in trouble. We've discussed the names before, but usually when the offensive coordinator (Ron Turner) gets the axe, most of his staff goes with him. Although we should point out that only Harry Hiestand arrived with Turner in 2005. The rest were all Lovie picks in 2004.
lawrence (stowe vt)
Why wouldnt the bears bring in someone that Jay cutler knows and trusts like Mike shanahan
Jeff Dickerson (11:45 AM)
Fair point. My best guess is that Shanahan would cost roughly $10 million per season, and command about a 4-5 year contract. Then you would have to pay Lovie over $10 million sit out the next two years. Also remember that Shanahan would want a lot of control over personnel. How would he work with Jerry and his people? That's why it's not just a simple fix. In a perfect world, yes, the Bears would eat all that money and bring in one of these high profile coaches. But this isn't a perfect world.
Does Stephen Jackson run wild on the bears defense this week?
Jeff Dickerson (11:46 AM)
He better not. Although Jackson is really the only thing working for the Rams. Jackson did not practice on Wednesday because of back spasms, so hopefully that will slow him down this week. The Bears simply cannot afford to lose this game. Might as well cancel the final four games if that happens.
David (Oil city, PA)
What is the most important aspect to improve for the bears to get better on offense?
Jeff Dickerson (11:48 AM)
Line play. Both the offensive and defensive lines have been below average this year. They have to address the tackle spot (maybe Chris Williams is the ultimate answer at LT, can Omiyale play RT?). Also, has anybody else noticed that Olin Kreutz is having a very disappointing season? Should they look elsewhere at center in 2010. Might not be a bad idea. I think the defensive line problems speak for themselves. Get some people that can pressure the quarterback...please.
Peter (New Jersey)
Do you think the following will be with the bears next year?:-Pisa-Pace-Anderson-Oleguye-June-Manning
Jeff Dickerson (11:51 AM)
If 2010 is played without a salary cap -- Manning and Anderson will be restricted free agents. My guess is both would be back. Wale probaly leaves via free agency. Pace likely retires. I would bring Pisa back, because he is a very talented guy. And I have no idea about Cato June, I think we need to see him play before making any decision.
Jeff, who cares how much Shanahan or Cowher or anyone else would cost...if it means a championship, guess what? Pay for the head coach that will WIN the Super Bowl, not get us there then suffer the Super Bowl hangover then be out after 3 years from being there...see the trend?
Jeff Dickerson (11:52 AM)
Eric, you're preaching to the choir. But those financial issues matter to the Bears. They make the final call.
Jeff, after your last comment of mainly offensive coaches being removed this year, I have a question. How can that make any sense considering most are hand-picked by Lovie and he is controlling the defense and both sides of the ball are failing miserably. So is this season just considered a wash even with the terrible perfromances game after game?
Jeff Dickerson (11:56 AM)
Lovie has pick all these defensive coaches. When he initially put together his staff in 2004...Drake, Spencer, Boras (not Scott) all came in with the new regime. When Turner took over the next year, he brougt in Harry Hiestand. Pep Hamilton arrived in 2007, but let's not waste our time talking about him. Lovie also runs the defense and the scheme. Bottom line...life isn't fair in the NFL.
Sean (Erie, PA)
If Turner is fired and the Texans firing Kubiak after the season who would be a better fit in Chicago Kubiak or Wies?
Jeff Dickerson (11:58 AM)
Kubiak...no doubt about it. But I wonder if he'll go with Shanahan somewhere to be his coordinator.
Mr. SKIA (MrSportsKnowItAll)
Why wouldn't Jackson run wild on the Bears this weekend? Because the Rams are bad? The Bears defense is far worse than the Rams ground attack, so the idea that they might as well have to cancel the final four games if Jackson goes off has nothing to do with whether or not they'll actually be able to stop him.
Jeff Dickerson (11:59 AM)
If the Bears were smart (debatable), they'd put nine in the box. If Kyle Boller and Donnie Avery beat them through the air, then run for cover.
nathan (arlington heights)
would it be a good combo to hire cowher and weis as offensive coordinators.. then fire babich and replace him with lovie?
Jeff Dickerson (12:00 PM)
I think Smith and Babich are a package deal. No way Lovie takes that type of demotion.
Matt Williamson (12:00 PM)
Hey everyone. Matt Williamson from Scouts Inc. filling in for a half hour to talk Bears...let's keep this rolling.
Jeff, now that the Bears are eliminated from the playoffs, will we see more of the younger guys come in on offense such as Aromashadu and Bell? What kind of impact do you think they can make?
Jeff Dickerson (12:02 PM)
Very excited to see Aromashodu get more time. He needs to play. Also, let's see if Johnny Knox can handle being the primary receiver Sunday. Why not? The Bears need to use him consistently. Bell is a nice player, but I'd still like to see Forte try and finish up strong. They need a bounce back year from Forte in 2010.
Matt Williamson (12:02 PM)
That seems wise to me. Aromashadu is the more interesting player of the two for me. There is ability there and Chicago certainly needs a WR with his dimensions to step up for the future. As for Bell, he was impressive in very limited touches, but I want to see more before I am on board. Still, if he can step over these next few games and put together good enough tape to be convincing enough to be the #2 RB in 2009, that at least saves Chicago one need that needs filled.
jay (toledo ohio)
do you think that the problem with cutler is our mediocre receivers or our aging o line or cutler just not being used to the system
Matt Williamson (12:05 PM)
To me, the OL is far and away the #1 problem. Because of it, all the other problems have ensued. Just think if this offense had just an average running game. They don't at all and they have nothing to fall back on. Cutler has absolutely had to do it all since his arrival. It has really taken a toll on his from both a mental and physical perspective. He is throwing the ball like he is tired of getting hit and he doesn't trust anyone around him. I am not saying that he-or his WRs-do not deserve blame here as well, but I would start with adding linemen.
Matt Williamson (12:06 PM)
Even just one stud OT to this mix would go a very long way. If the new guy is a LT, then leave Williams on the right. If he is a big mauling guy that you can run behind, move Williams to the left. That isn't saying that I love Williams-or the other lineman, but I do think adding one big time guy would go a very long way. Now...how to get that guy?
jack (glen ellyn IL)
What happens if the bears lose to the Rams this weekend 21-17? How will ownership react?
Matt Williamson (12:07 PM)
That could happen by the way. Don't just chalk this game up as an easy win. I doubt ownership would do anything hasty, but at this point, surely they are evaluating everyone's job...and that wouldn't be a wonderful addition to anyone's resume if you get my drift.
Matt, I know how the Bears can get that mauling OT...they can draf...wait they don't have any picks because Angelo likes to trade them for overrated players!
Matt Williamson (12:09 PM)
Well, I will not dispute that Chicago now has very limited resources in order to go out and get what they need and yes, that is a massive problem. But, I still am in favor of the Cutler deal. You could add QB to the list of areas of need without doing that deal. Put Orton behind center this year in the Windy City and you think it would have been any better? To me, this league is made up of three types of teams: 1. Teams with QBs. 2. Teams without QBs. 3. Teams that might have a QB who is developing. Chicago is in the first group.
Do you think Gaines Adams will improve and make a difference?
Matt Williamson (12:10 PM)
Thought that we would see more out of him by now than we have to be frank. Still, there is an abundance of talent there and I do trust Marinelli's track record to develop him.
Toronado (El Camino)
Once Virginia is gone, will the Bears bring back cheerleaders?
Matt Williamson (12:10 PM)
I have no idea whatsoever
nathan (arlington heights)
can the bears win out? can we be that good now with cato? why did it take so long to sign him? we should have done that win Piso went out a couple of weeks ago
Matt Williamson (12:12 PM)
The Bears will not win out and do not get too excited about Cato June. He does fit this scheme very well and has been productive playing in it...but that was a while ago. He is not the same player. I contend that it was a good signing, but don't think for a minute that all the Bears' defensive woes are all of sudden gone now.
Charles (Omaha NE)
I think Turner is gone regardless at the end of the season. However, I think if Lovie goes 6-10 (wins versus Rams and Lions) his job is saved. Anything short of going 6-10 and he is fired...Unfortunately, I don't think JA will be going with him...Does this sound about right?
Matt Williamson (12:13 PM)
That makes a lot of sense. I do see Turner not returning. Maybe I am in the minority here, but if it were up to me, I probably would not bring Lovie back. If you look at all the NFL jobs that might be opening up, Chicago is one of the most attractive for a big name head coach in my opinion. Why you ask? Cutler.
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
It's still funny to me that Lovie's job hinges on the Bears beating the Rams and Lions. Geez, talk about low. I'm almost wanting the Bears to lose out just to see what happens, but the fan in me always wants the Bears to win.
Matt Williamson (12:15 PM)
Sure. You want to see the players actually hold their heads high and gain some confidence for the long term. In the meantime, you do need to see what you have in some of the younger project players.
I think Shanahan is waiting for the Chicago job to open up. The Broncos still owe him $14mil over the next 2 years which would be more than enough to compensate for Lovie's contract. A Shanahan-Bates or Shanahan-Kubiak combo would be the best bit for the Bears. What are your thoughts?
Matt Williamson (12:16 PM)
I really can't argue with that. But-my one concern about Shanny is if he is in charge of all the personnel decisions as well. I would imagine that he will shoot for that-and probably get it somewhere. But, during his last few years in Denver, he really did not do a good job in that area. But-heck of a football coach.
Everytime I see Gaines Adams get picked up off the ground by the opposing teams tackle it drives me crazy...how can anyone see something in this guy on film?
Matt Williamson (12:17 PM)
He does have an awful lot of natural ability. Curious about his competitiveness however and desire to be great. I hear ya though-there is a lot of risk with him.
DJ (Rockton IL)
I understand that the bears have not and that Cowher has integrity and won't speak of teams while coaches are under contract, but he is on record for liking the Bears and Texans as places he would not mind going to, so why don't the bears secretly contact him and see if there any chance of a possible coaching change after the season, they have nothing to lose.
Matt Williamson (12:18 PM)
Don't be so sure that that isn't happening. A lot goes on behind the scenes or with third parties to judge the level of interest. Why does Cowher like Chicago and Houston? Because they have QBs.
Danny (Normal, IL)
Assuming the bears fire turner after the season is over, what do you think about the possibility of bring in Mike Martz as an offensive coordinator?
Matt Williamson (12:19 PM)
That would worry me, just because Martz rarely keeps extra blockers in to protect and his QB takes a ton of hits. With this OL, it could get very ugly. Plus, he isn't dedicated to running the football and in the elements this time of year in Chicago, the Bears must have a substantial running game to be successful over the long haul.
John S (Chicago, Illinois)
Would the Bears consider Jason Garrett for Head Coach? He fits their profile of hiring a coordinator, so as not to spend big coin on coaching. Also, I think he's a great offensive mind (Sean Payton-esque). They can bring in a hired gun to run their defense.
Matt Williamson (12:20 PM)
I think Garrett's stock has fallen through the floor and is no longer on the fast track to a head job.
chris (knoville. tn)
do you think hester is number 1 reciever quality
Matt Williamson (12:22 PM)
No, but I think he can be very effective and lethal downfield with Cutler throwing the ball. The term #1WR is one that I will just throw around. VERY few of those beasts in this league right now. Maybe a dozen or so. Andre J/Calvin J types. I do think you can win and have a very good passing game without a true
Brian Sullivan (Chicago IL)
Hi Matt, Can someone please address the fact that the McCaskey's consistenly hire stoic, mellow, below average defenisve coaches that they can control even though they have below average results? Lovie, Dick and Dave are not qualified to be Head Coaches in the NFL. Do you see the obvious pattern?
Matt Williamson (12:23 PM)
Obvious pattern recognized.
Michael Rome (Gurnee)
All I have to say is Marvin Harrison Cutler= First downs and TD's
Matt Williamson (12:23 PM)
Marvin is done bro
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
Matt, it's not the picks the Bears lost for Cutler, that was a deal that needed to be made, it was the likely HIGH 2nd round pick the Bears gave away for Gains Adams. Terrible!
Matt Williamson (12:24 PM)
Surely that deal can be scrutinized and yes, looking back at it, I would rather have the 40th pick overall (or so) than Adams right now. Tampa would too!
JD Dayal (Austin, TX)
With Hester not having that #1 quality. Who is slated to be a free agent next year that could be da bears #1?
Matt Williamson (12:26 PM)
Vincent Jackson is up. While he would be a great addition, I would rather use my resources on the offensive side of the ball on the OL.
Is there anyone the bears would be willing to trade to get back into the first or second round of the draft to try to draft maybe taylor mays and an offensive lineman. Would they trade hester?
Matt Williamson (12:27 PM)
I guess Hester could be one candidate since Knox does have a similar skill set and Chicago has plenty of returners as well. Maybe. Would have to get good value in order to take a play maker AWAY from this O.
The lack of discipline irks me the most. How many times can they have neutral zone infractions? Lovie has to go, he has lost the team, how can there be discipline if they know he wont bench anyone.
Matt Williamson (12:28 PM)
I agree and feel like their level of commitment right now has really fallen off. Players look like they are starting to make their off season vacation plans.
Sean (Erie, PA)
I know the line is a big concern for the Bears in the offseason, but what are the chances of Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall being with the bears next year?
Matt Williamson (12:28 PM)
Slim. Doubt Marshall leaves Denver. Boldin will prob be on the move, but plenty of teams (with much more bargaining power) will be after him...think Baltimore.
Matt Williamson (12:29 PM)
Okay everyone. My half hour is up. Great stuff by everyone. I enjoyed it. Take care.
The Bears didn't NEED to make that deal for Cutler...Orton is fine, he's a winner, his record indicates that. What they needed those picks for was for OL, DL, secondary and WR help. They don't have picks to get those guys anymore.
Jon (12:32 PM)
Eric, I don't know if too many people would have agreed with you last spring when the deal was made. The fact is, the Bears made the deal without any pieces to put around Cutler and made some bad gambles on the O-line. Imagine how much help Bernard Berrian would be for Cutler, but there was no way the team would have, or should have, shelled out the cash to keep him. I still would do the deal.
GET COWHER... NOW!!!!!!
Jon (12:34 PM)
STOP YELLING AT ME! ... Seriously, I'm all for Cowher. If they can get him, they should make a run on him. He's still young, he'll turn 53 in May, and he won a lot of games in Pittsburgh. As a long time Steelers fan, I've seen his success first-hand. He had some problems too, and coached some lousy teams and made some lousy picks (Troy Edwards?), so he's not perfect. Ah well, pipe dreams.
Matt (Cbus, Ohio)
Did you see that article recently about the Bears draft picks for defense over the last 5 years? It amazes me that we have drafted so terribly.
Jon (12:37 PM)
Yeah, it was by Kevin Seifert. I referenced it directly in a story I wrote yesterday that's not up yet. Seifert really isolated a major flaw on this team. Now the question is: Do the people above Angelo and Smith blame Angelo, Bobby DePaul and Co. for the draft or Lovie/Babich for not getting anything out of these guys?
Are the Bears' problems due more to inability to assess talent - so they have poor players - or the inability to utilize and develop talent - so they haven't maximized their players' potential? I'm just wondering if we have good players that with the right coaching staff and scheme can be successful or if we need a total rehaul.
Jon (12:39 PM)
See, James gets what I just wrote. I hope someone in charge is really thinking about this issue: Who is to blame for the lack of development? To be honest, the onus might fall on the players themselves. Lovie treats them like men, and Angelo has shown something rare for a NFL GM: loyalty. But the players aren't holding up their end of the bargain, for whatever reasons.
I have heard that Jarron Gilbert is not very good and that is why he is not seeing and play time. Do you think this correct?
If I really want Jerry, Lovie and Ron gone this year should I be rooting for the Rams on Sunday?
Jon (12:43 PM)
Yes. But does it make you a bad fan? Should fans be loyal to a fault to their team? it's an interesting question.
Jon (12:44 PM)
As for the Gilbert question, my computer froze for a second. Here's my pseudo answer:Angelo said in a Bears chat that Gilbert's ready to go, but that it's a numbers game. So take that for what you will. He's good, but not good enough.
Whats up Jon, How much more time do you give Urlacher before the Bears put a fork in him?
Jon (12:47 PM)
Urlacher's built up enough street cred to pop off now and again. The guy has basically giving up his future health by lining up at MLB every game over the past decade. (What are the odds he can turn his head in 20 years?) I think his value is through his experience and calling signals in the middle. They really miss him there and they'll need him next year for sure.
Rob (Macomb, IL)
I know the o-line is bad right now. But I still think the first two spots they need to fill is a playmaking Free Safety (Ed Reed type) and a WR that can get up and get the ball instead of just run under it. That ball to Knox, though under thrown, had a great chance of being caught by a guy like Boldin or Marshall. I think Cutler is throwing passes to give his receivers chance after chance to make a play for him, but they are completely letting him down in that area. He has to throw a perfect pass every time to have a chance....something Favre, Brady, Manning, Brees, Rivers, or Warner have to do...they are the top guys in the league and what do they have? Playmakers
Jon (12:50 PM)
I tend to agree with you here. I've seen way too many passes across the middle to be happy with Payne, Manning, Afalava, whomever. And receiver is a must. HOw do you not address receiver in the offseason? It's like buying a Jaguar (the Cutler of luxury cars) and giving it donut tires.
Is there any way Turner is still with this team next year?
Jon (12:52 PM)
I've been tough on Turner in my columns and I don't see how they could bring him back. That being said (/Curb), it's not his fault the line stinks and Angelo didn't/couldn't add a playmaker at WR or another back to complement Forte. When receivers run wrong routes, it's not Turner's fault either. But what's the upside in keeping Turner? He's well respected in football, but outside of that one year in Champaign, what's he really accomplished in charge?
Jon (12:53 PM)
Sure, if you want someone to fill your whirlpool and sit on your training table. He's a difference maker but he's always injured, like a younger Mike Brown.
if by some chance the bears did end up with cowher would they switch to a 3-4 defense? an if that were the case would tommie harris be a suitable 3-4 d-end? would d-ends such as mark anderson and gaines adams or possibly alex brown be suitable 3-4 outside linebackers?
Jon (12:54 PM)
Good question. Adams, who is pretty skinny for a DE, might have value as a LB, but since we haven't seen him play, who knows?Harris would be intriguing in the 3-4, which I love as a defense.
Matt (Cbus, Ohio)
Wow, I took a look at some of the players that were drafted again, Mark Bradley in the 2nd round in 2005. He doesn't even play that well for KC. Can we hire in someone from the Patriots as a consultant? I feel like we have Mike Brown of the Bengals making decisions for us.
Jon (12:55 PM)
It's not pretty.
Is it just me, or does Jimmy Clausen look like Ash from Fantastic Mr. Fox? Also, which is the better series of children's books: The Berenstain Bears, or Frog and Toad?
Jon (12:56 PM)
Haven't seen it yet, my hipster friend, but I'll take your word for it. I'll go with Frog and Toad. Berenstain Bears were like the Kmart of kids books, kind of generic.
Myron Rolle is the answer at safety with Afalava if Rolle falls to the 3rd round...the Rhodes Scholar studying at Oxford right now would be a huge plus for the Bears...guy has academic and football smarts, can't teach that.
Jon (12:58 PM)
Wherever he ends up Rolle will get the red carpet treatment from the media for his academic bonafides. I'd take him, he was pretty nasty for FSU.
You mention possibly trading Hester to get draft picks, with Angelo's history of drafting players do you really think it is a good idea?
Jon (1:00 PM)
I kind of like this idea. Angelo needs to make some bold moves, if he's still around, and as much as I've critiqued him, he's got some good moves in his CV, along with the bad ones. Maybe he'll surprise all of us.That's it for me. Have fun with the Good Kid, whom I saw working the Hawks locker room this week.
Jurko (1:01 PM)
What's up? 1996 Jaguars were 4-7 and won their last five to go 9-7 and make the playoffs. They defeated Buffalo 30-27 then beat the Broncos 30-27 before succumbing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, 20-6. with that being said, the Bears are not making the playoffs. Shoot!
How important is it for the bears, at the very least, to compete with the packers in the final game of the year? When Lovie came in that was the one game he said he had circled every year. Also, after the first game of the year going the way it did it seems like this would be a good game to show that the team has "improved" over the year.
Jurko (1:02 PM)
It's important for them to compete in the last five games, not just against the Packer.s i'd be looking for improvement since the first four games of the season I haven't seen it. Just beating the Packers in the final game doesn't make this disappointing season taste any better.
Jordan (Ankeny, Iowa)
With Cutler being known as a great passer on the run, how come we don't see more designed rollouts? Not to mention the fact that it would be easier on our weak o-line.
Jurko (1:04 PM)
Both the NFL Network and Fox have metioned the fact that he is pretty goood on the run. Your dilemma is that now you're only thropwing to half the field. With Turner as OC, I don't trust him to put Cutler in a win-win situation.
What do u think about this plan? bears FIRE Ron Turner, DEMOTE Love smith the defensive coordinator, bring in Charlie Weis as the offensive coordinator and find a new head coach, possibly Mike Shanahan? I think that this is the ideal offseason for the bears, could bring them a superbowl
Jurko (1:05 PM)
There's no head coach in the world worth his salt that would ever agree to those conditions. The Mike Tices of the world that just want a head-coaching job are not what the Bears need.
i want to know why there is noone puting pressure on rod marennelli cause when he came in to ttraining camp every one thought this line was gunna be good now wat
Jurko (1:06 PM)
Not only that, he made the recommendation to bring Gaines Adams here. I credit the players when they play well. Assistant coaches are like the rails in bumper bowling: when the player looks like he's heading to the gutter, the position coach steers him back into the lane. That's why I give Charlie Weis no credit for Tom Brady.
Why are bears still using tampa2 defense, when it?s not working. Why does Lovie want to live in denial or is he scared to accept that his defense schema isn?t working anymore. I feel sorry for cutler; he should have gone to Minnesota Vikings where he could have had a great year.
Jurko (1:07 PM)
I still see it being played around the league. Hunter got depth last week and didn't make a play on the ball in the Tampa 2. Simply put, the Bears don't have the personnel to run it and definitely don't have the pressure it takes to run it.
DJ (Logan Square)
Missy Isaacson said Ron Turner doesn't deserve the blame for the offense. he's bad, but aren't all the bear coaches bad at their jobs? also, what do you think of her claim?
Jurko (1:09 PM)
He deserves the blame in this regard: He hasn't recognized the level of talent he has and made adjustments off their limited skill. He's still strying to run stuff with what he thought was a talented offense. And it's not.
Scott Pajewski (Chicago)
Do you think the Bears just don't have the fire and the passion?
Jurko (1:09 PM)
To play in the NFL fire and passion is a given. They've got that, they've just gotten old in front of our eyes.
Doug (Virginia Beach)
I know Olsen is like Cutlers best friend and all but why does he always have to focus in on him and force the ball? Why doesnt he try to spread it around more?
Jurko (1:11 PM)
The same reason Jerry Rice was forced the ball. You have to have a go-to guy in your offense. In Dallas it was Emmitt smith and then everybody else benefited. In Fricso it was Rice. In Minnesota it was Randy Moss way back when.
It's no secret that the Bears need to reconstruct their Offensive and Defensive lines, My question is who do you think they could get in either free agency or via draft to help them?
Jurko (1:11 PM)
Free agency is going to be difficult next year. We don't know who is available. There will be more clarity when we find out whether next year will be a capped or uncapped year.
Assuming the highly improbable, that the Bears cleaned house and got new coaches, would we be looking at a situation as dire as the Lions last year with a total rebuild of the team, or could new coaches make it work with these players?
Jurko (1:13 PM)
You're looking at a moderate rebuild. Offensively, Cutler, Forte, Olsen, Knox and Williams are your five core players. Defensively, Peanut, Briggs, Pisa, Brown, and hopefully Afalava are your core moving forward.
mike (bloomington in)
what do you think about jon gruden for head coach i think he would be great for getting the team really fired up to win some games they seem to lack the passion to win this year.
Jurko (1:14 PM)
I love Jon Gruden. With the combination of Holmgren as GM and Gruden as head coach I talked about two weeks ago. One problem with Ruskell stepping down in Seattle, it looks like that is what they are going to do.
DJ (Logan Square)
What did you think of John Clayton's assessing Lance Briggs value as only a 4th or 5th round pick? also, isn't lance briggs the last defensive player you want to give up?
Jurko (1:15 PM)
I think John undervalued him. But if you could give up a second-rounder for Gaines Adams, don';t you think Briggs is worth at least a second-rounder? Briggs has more value staying with the Bears.
Charles (Omaha NE)
Is it just me or does it seems like Lovie (TB '01-'03, STL '04) and Jerry (TB '87-2000) rely too much on their former ties/lineage with Tampa and St. Louis? It seems like a bad case of cronyism to me! The last time I checked, other than a few seasons, the Rams and Bucs have not been historically successful franchises. I mean, Jerry hires Lovie, who then brings in Babich (STL), Marinelli (TB '99-'03), Gil Byrd (STL '03-'06)
Jurko (1:16 PM)
All coaches do that. They go back to what they are familiar with and who they trust.
I think Kruetz has been done for 3yrs now. Shame on them for never drafting a young center. It also makes me sick everytime i see Danielle Manning tackle high trying to strip and giving up another 10yds. Sorry im ranting .
Jurko (1:17 PM)
Kreutz has two more years left in him. He won't be the best offensive lineman anymore but on this line he's still the best option you have. They really missed on Omiyale.
Are there any moves you think the Bears can make to pick up one or two more draft picks? Something like trading Tommie Harris, Johnny Knox or Devin Hester for like 2nd or 3rd rounders
Jurko (1:19 PM)
Tommie Harris won't pass another team's NFL physical. The only team he can play on is the Bears because they have invested money in him and given him a pass on the physical. Hester should have been traded two years ago when his value was high and Johnny Knox's trade value doesn't equate to that of more than a fourth- or fifth-rounder.
SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)
I'm not sure why Matt Forte is all upset about someone saying he can't break tackles. He can't. Then he says if he couldn't break tackles he wouldn't be in the NFL, well, keep not breaking tackles like you are now and in 2-3 years you won't be in the NFL.
Jurko (1:21 PM)
That's not what was said. What was said was Forte couldn't make anyone miss. And Forte has been able to make people miss. One old Green Bay scout, when talking about Leshon Johnson out of NIU, said he couldn't juke a tree stump in a 10-acre field. Forte doesn't belong in that category. Urlacher is coming to the point, and he better embrace it, where he is on the 18th hole of his career.
John (Tempe AZ (formerly chicago))
Do you think Matt Forte will bounce back from this disastrous year next season? Does it all depend on if we get the right people on the O-Line next year?
Jurko (1:22 PM)
It will really be dependent on the quality of the offensivel ine. Look at what New Orleans does for their runners, the amount of space they have. You can only run itnto a wall so manby times until you become hesitant.
Speaking of trade value...does Cutler have any? I mean surely we can get a football air pump for him!
Jurko (1:22 PM)
Yes, but you're not going to get what you paid for him.
DJ (Logan Square)
You mentioned the Bears front office inability to be smart and there loyalty. Does this mean Wale will be back next year?
Jurko (1:23 PM)
Wale will not be back next year. When he came here, I asked him if his high sack total was a result of playing alongside Jason Taylor or if he had pass rush ability. Time has proven that Jason Taylor played a big part in Wale's sacks.
After seeing how Matt Forte is playing this year, do you think the Bears would get rid of Adrian Peterson and Garret Wolfe to bring in a more serviceable back up....I'm not sold on Kahlil Bell filling that role either.
Jurko (1:24 PM)
The Bears' dilemmas are, not everybosdy on their roster has the ability to start. The one thing Ron Wolf always did was bring guys in who had the ability, in case of injury, to start. And if not, he moved them out and got somebody else in there.
Do you think Omiyale will be better suited at OT? Don't they always say that OT's can play guard, but OG's can't pay OT? If thats true and he couldn't play guard, then I have no reason to think he could play OT.
Jurko (1:29 PM)
Not necessarily. If a guy has played tackle his whole life that's what he is conditioned to play. His inability at the guard may be that everything is usually outside to a tackle and you're stepping flatter on run downs and just have to be in the way as a tackle (would prefer a road grader). At the guard position, you have to participate in opower double teams to the backer. I could play great defensive tackle. I could never play end. And Reggie White was a great end and hated playing over the guard. Didn't like it.
Chris (Iowa City)
Why is Forte not getting the ball at all this year. I understand that the Oline is worthless and he isn't playing as good as last year but when your QB is struggling shouldn't you try to establish the run? Especially inside the redzone when you QB leads the NFL in redzone picks. Turner RUN THE BALL!! Also is there any chance that you see the Bears drafting a stud safety like Taylor Mays int he draft. The D was so dominant when Brown was healthy.
Jurko (1:30 PM)
They had 38 plays last week as an offense. They have tried to run the ball in a goal line situation and they haven't gained any yards. Then you get in third and gioal and the d-line has their ears pinned back. The offensive line is to blame for Forte's woes.
Jurko (1:30 PM)
Good-bye, good luck and have a good life. Hopefully the Bears can beat a very bad team Sunday.