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October 8, 11:30 AM ET
Chat with JD, Jurko & Nick Friedell

ESPNChicago.com
  (11:33 AM)

Hi everybody! Jeff should be here any minute.

Trevor (Portage, MI)

Bears could easily be undefeated if Matt Forte decided to show up earlier in the season!

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:36 AM)

I totally disagree with that. The Bears could be 4-0 if Vasher and Payne didn't blow that coverage against Green Bay. The Bears could be 4-0 if the OL did a better job blocking. It's unfair to pin it one guy.

Marc (Charlotte)

Trevor, Matt Forte doesn't call the plays.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:37 AM)

I think the play calling is a work in progress.

Riley (Logan Square)

If Pisa's ACL was torn, will he really be ready to go next week? Seems like that's unrealistic.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:38 AM)

It was the PCL that was torn, and yes he will be ready to go. It is remarkable, but the guy is just a really fast healer. they're expecting him to start, barring any setbacks here. He seemed very happy yesterday when I talked to him, seemed like he had a good practice.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:39 AM)

Most of the Bears will just be relaxing this weekend during the bye. I know Adewale Ogunleye is going to New York for his sister's wedding. And a lot of the guys are flying home as soon as practice wraps up today. Jay Cutler is headed back to Nashville.

Chris (St. Cloud, MN)

I can't decide who's more effective... Roach or Hillenmeyer. Any thoughts?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:40 AM)

I think Roach is, just because he's a lot faster. Hunter is a very good player, but Roach's speed just makes him very dangerous, stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback. He'll never be as good as Urlacher, but nobody can be that good.

Tony (San Diego)

The bears will win there next four games because of the threat of knox and hester which will open things up for Forte, teams will have to respect knox and no longer double hester

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:41 AM)

Well that would be great if it happens that way. I'm still curious to see how Ron Turner is going to use Knox moving forward. They've been playing Earl Bennett in the slot a lot the last two games, which sort of signals that Knox could become the No. 2 receiver. He still is a rookie, so I hesitate to place unreal expectations on him the next couple games.

Margaret (Naperville)

Will Hillenmeyer be given his job back when he's healthy? Or has Roach been effective enough to stay where he is?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:42 AM)

I think Roach has done enough to stay where he is. He led the team with 10 tackles last week, and Lovie Smith has gone out of his way to praise him on multiple occasions the last few days. I think it's a good bet that Roach is in the middle vs. Atlanta.

Phil (New Lenox)

So will Hester be ready to roll next Sunday? He really seemed to be getting comfortable. I'd hate for this to slow him down.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:43 AM)

Hester said on Wednesday that he will play against Atlanta. Call this injury a "srained neck muscle." He's taking it easy this week, but says he expects to be back at practice next week.

Jake (Chicago)

where has iglasius (spell check?) been this whole year? i thought he had a lot of talent coming out of oklahoma and i dont think i have seen him on the field this year

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:44 AM)

He's been inactive every game, and there have been no indications that he will be active at all this year, barring injury. They seem to be looking at this like a redshirt year for him but he really didn't much in training camp, so I don't know exactly what kind of future he's going to have here.

Andrew (Indy)

By strained neck, does that mean he got whiplash from that hit?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:45 AM)

He got crunched on that hit. I don't know if it was whiplash or a bad stinger. He was not wearing a neck brace on Wednesday, so that was a really good sign.

Chris (St. Cloud, MN)

Jared Allen made the left side of the Packers O-line look like middle schoolers. How will that side of the Bears O-line match up against #69?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:46 AM)

Allen is an absolute beast. He's almost unblockable when the Vikings are at home for 3 reasons: 1. it's so loud in there that OL have a difficult time hearing the snap count; 2. He's so fast on artificial turf; 3. It almost looks like he lines up offsides every play. He'll be a handful for the Bears OL.

Paul (Chicago)

What do you think of Atlanta's Gonzalez going up against our middle of the defense? If the Lions can tear apart the middle, I am scared to see what Tony could do.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:47 AM)

Great point. That's one area the Bears have to get cleaned up. Way too much space in the middle, especially when the Bears are in nickel. Not just the MLB responsibility. The safeties also seem to be giving away way too much. I'm sure Altanta will try to exploit.

Nathan (Chicago)

What do you predict will be the bears record for this season? are we contenders for the Super Bowl? we have looked pretty solid even with all the injuries

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:48 AM)

I think the Bears are contenders to make the playoffs. I think I've always predicted somewhere around 9-10 wins. I'll stand by that. For right now, I do feel like the Vikings and Giants are the top teams in the NFC. I would put the Bears in the next tier.

alex (livonia)

how much is Urlacher being on the sidelines gonna hurt the team against those big offensive teams?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:49 AM)

Urlacher not playing hurts. It doesn't matter who they're facing. They'd always be better off with their star linebacker. It's just really disappointing to see him out for the year, considedring all the hard work he put in to be ready.

Tony (San Diego)

Do you think two teams from the north will get into the playoffs?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:50 AM)

Yeah, I think so. Right now, I'd say it would be the Vikings and the Bears. I'm just not sold on Green Bay's offensive line. I think that ultimately be their undoing.

Miles (Williamsburg, VA)

The Bears were tied at halftime against the Lions, made some adjustments, and thoroughly dominated them in the second half. The Vikings trailed the Lions at halftime and then did the same thing. Yet according to ESPN and many other analysts the Vikings are God's gift to earth and the Bears are the worst 3-1 team in the NFL (according to ESPN's newest power rankings). Jeff, what gives?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:51 AM)

Well the Bears certainly aren't the worst 3-1 team in the NFL. And the Vikings aren't the greatest team to ever play the game. I don't know why some analysts are down on the Bears. I'm very encouraged by their 3-1 record,since they havne't played well at times this year. They seem to just be scratching the surface on how good of a team they can actually be.

Corey (Chicago)

Since I can ever remember, the Bears never utilize the screen pass as much as they should. Every couple of games I see it, but thats it. It can be such an effective play call in certain situations, especially with the vision and quick feet Forte has. Why don't they use the screen pass more often, and do you agree with me?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:53 AM)

They actually target Forte a lot in the passing game, maybe not on a scren play. But as a safety valve dump off pass for Cutler. I agree, I like the screen pass. It's better than the lame draw they run at the end of the first half all the time. Maybe that will be something they utilize more moving forward.

Bill (East Chicago)

What do you think about Matt Ryan? Do you expect him to pick apart the Bears' secondary next week?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:54 AM)

I think Matt Ryan is becoming one of the best QBs in the NFL. I was blown away by his arm strength and accuracy last year when the Bears played in the Georgia Dome. I do think the Bears secondary is much better this year with Bowman, Afalava and Manning at free safety.

JD (Austin)

When are da bears going to incorporate some "trickery" into the offense? Even some misdirection runs for Forte would be great b/c obvisouly running up the middle isn't working.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:55 AM)

I know they have plenty of razzle dazzle plays in the playbook. Ron Turner always says you need to wait for the opportune time to use those, maybe he doens't feel the proper opportunity has presented itself.

Steve (Lombard)

Do you think the Bears should have made a move for Braylon Edwards?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:56 AM)

With the way their receivers are playing right now, I can understand why they didn't. Plus, they would have had to give up some picks and players to get him. I'm not sure if they're in a position to do that right now. Edwards has been a great player in the past, but he hasn't played well recently. Plus punching out LeBron's friend didn't help.

Paul Schulenburg (Chicago, IL)

JD- When are we going to start seeing more downfield passing from Jay Cutler? I know that the conservative approach to the last few games as built confidence in Jay and bottom line has won us some games. However, teams aren't going to respect the pass and they are still going to load the box against the run until we provide a legitmate downfield threat.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:57 AM)

I'm very surprised Cutler hasn't gone deep besides that one pass to Knox in the first game. I bet after the bye, this offense starts taking some serious shots down the field. That's the best thing Hester brings to the table.

Mike (Portland IN)

If the bears get to the playoffs will Brian be ready to go back in?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:57 AM)

No, when you're on injured reserve, you're done for the whole year.

Scott (Houston)

My biggest concern for the Bears is their 3rd down defense, especially on the 3rd and long. The running game will develop over time, especially if Cutler is efficient as he has been in the last 3 wins. My question is, is Lovie doing anything to try and fix the problems on our 3rd down defense, I haven't seen or heard anything about it.

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:58 AM)

Yes, that's a major point of emphasis with Lovie. Back in 2005 and '06, opposing teams never converted on third-and-long, but it's been a major problem the last couple of years. I know it's something they're working on.

Frank (Lowell, IN)

Do you think having Marinelli on the sideline helped the Bears better adjust to the Lions at halftime?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:59 AM)

I think having Marinelli on the staff helped the Bears prepare for the Lions in the first place. Lovie is still the guy who makes most of the halftime adjustments, but getting input from Marinelli couldn't hurt.

Phil (Chicago)

Is Pisa playing on a ruptured PCL similar in any way to Merriman's injury last year where he thought he could play on it (and quickly made it worse and sat out the rest of the year)?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:00 PM)

I'd have to look up exatly what Merriman did to himself. I think if it was that severe, the Bears would have shut him down. Pisa's been running on that knee for a couple of weeks so it really does sound that physically he's going to be able to play.

Corey (Chicago)

What do you think of the Bowman's play this year as our corner. From all the talk and writing in training camp he sounded like the real deal, a real confident corner who can make a lot of plays. I haven't seen it yet this year, but I know the kid has all the ability.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:01 PM)

He played well against Pittsburgh and Seattle, but obviously Calvin Johnson ate him in the first half last week. He really does have a ton of ability, and my guess is he is going to start making some plays here. Because teams will make it a point to challenge him every single week. If he can stay healthy, I think Bears fans are going to like this guy.

Paul (Denver)

Kevin Seifert- espn blogger for the north said Roach was better against the run, and Hillenmeyer was better in coverage. He also mentioned this was the reason why Detroit and Seattle had so much space to throw in the middle of the field. Do you buy this?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:03 PM)

Kevin knows what he's talking about. Roach was trailing at times on coverage down the middle of hte field. However, he really wasn't getting a lot of help from the safety. Hillenmeyer if you remember was having the same problesm when he hurt his rib.

Greg (Southside)

Hey Jeff, it is commonly understood that the WR position might be one of the harder positions to learn to play well in the NFL. Wouldn't it make sense to clearly define a WR's position to them and have them learn that position? Especially with the bear's lack of experience at the position, wouldn't it make sense to say "Devin, your #1, Earl your #2, and Johnny your #3?Wouldn't that simplifly the play book for each of them, and in turn get them to learn those positions and make them better at each of those spots?I think this constant, who's #1, #2, and #3 has to be figured out, determined and then we move forward, that way Jay has 3 solid options instead of 3 incosistent route runners....

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:05 PM)

I think Ron Turner learned from his mistakes last year when he tried to make earl Bennett learn all 3 receiver positions. earl was lost. He really made it a point to not just simplify, but define everybody's role this summer. I think for the most part it's working and I would attribute some of Knox's success to the fact the Bears aren't making him think too much. Sometimes when rookies think too much that's dangerous.

Mike (Evanston)

What is Corey Graham up to these days? Where is he lined up in practice?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:05 PM)

He's playing corner in practice and just speical teams on game days. He's doing a pretty good job on the coverage teams. I've always been a big fan of Corey's, and I do think one day he'll be starting again in this league.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:06 PM)

Ok guys, I'm handing off to my colleague, Nick Friedell. Thanks for the great questions.

Nick Friedell
  (12:06 PM)

Hi guys, let's keep this rolling.

Krystal (Naperville, IL)

Is the Bears lack of run production because of: 1) other teams still don't believe the Bears are a threat in the air or 2) the O-line is just not as good as last year?

Nick Friedell
  (12:07 PM)

I'd have to say that's option No. 2. The OL hasn't peformed very well this year and I think that's the biggest reason Matt Forte has struggled, except for his two big runs last Sunday against Detroit.

Miles (Williamsburg, VA)

Can you talk about the high level of play Peanut Tillman has shown recently? And do you think he can keep it up against Roddy White and Matt Ryan in two weeks?

Nick Friedell
  (12:09 PM)

Peanut definitely ahs played a little better over the last couple of weeks, but I do think he's goign to struggle once he faces Ryan and Roddy White, especially because White has speed to burn and Peanut is going to have to show he can stop them early in the game. I'm not sure he'll be able to do it.

Matt (Pasadena CA)

It's obvious that certain parts of our team still need to improve (ie receiving, running, secondary). What part of the Bear's game do you see with the most potential that will continue to improve throughout the season?

Nick Friedell
  (12:11 PM)

If you listen to the Bears players, the part of the team that will improve the most over the rest of the year is the OL. Forte continues to tell everyone he's confident they can turn it around once they start to play a litlte more together. i don't have that kind of optimism, but I do think they'll continue to perform better as the season goes along.

Eric (Norman, OK)

Are the Bears a contender this year?

Nick Friedell
  (12:12 PM)

Absolutely, over the first four weeks they've shown they can win games at the end, and that's a trademark of any good team in the NFl. You have to think with their schedule, there are several more winnable games. And the way theyv'e been playing, you get the sense they'd be able to play with anyone.

Dan (Lake Zurich)

I haven't been that impressed with Omiyale, whats it going to take for Beekman to get back in the starting lineup?

Nick Friedell
  (12:17 PM)

Omiyale definitely hasn't play great up to this point, but the coaching staff seems intent on leaving him with the starters for the time being. If Omiyale continues to perform poorly on film, there's no doubt that Beekman will find a way back into the lineup with the rest of the first-string offense.

Matt (Orland Park, IL)

do u think the bears should utilize the screen pass more when they play the vikings because of that disrupting pass rush

Nick Friedell
  (12:18 PM)

Matt, They're going to have to until they can get the running game going. I'm sure we'll see plenty of screen passes when the team plays Atlanta next week.

Sojo (Chicago, IL)

Do you think the Bears would ever consider using the Wildcat, with the likes of Forte,Hester and Knox? It might work at times.

Nick Friedell
  (12:21 PM)

Sojo, I think everyone in the league has bounced around the idea of using the Wildcat, and I'm sure the Bears are no different. I think Forte, Hester and Knox would do very well in that formation, but I don't think anyone would consider using it here until the running game gets going.

Bob (Nashville, TN)

What do you think the Bears will do with Ogunleye at seasons end? Assuming he continues playing at a pro-bowl level.

Nick Friedell
  (12:22 PM)

Bob, They're going to have to find a way to re-sign him. Wale has proven he is one of the most consistent players on the team and can dominate games at times.

Matt (Champaign, IL)

What do you think the chances are that Brett Farve makes it all the way to the last game of the season and how do you think he will fair in cold weather, especially in the monday night game at Soldier field on December 28th?

Nick Friedell
  (12:25 PM)

The chances are pretty good considering he hasn't missed a start in about 15 years. I also don't think he'll have much of a problem with the weather considering he played in Green Bay for most of his career.

mike (El Paso, Tx)

doyou think that robbie gould making a 5 2 yard field goal answers some skeptics questions about his leg strength?

Nick Friedell
  (12:28 PM)

Absolutely. I think it will help him mentally as well. The knock on Gould has always been that he is automatic inside 50 yards -- if he starts consistently making field goals from 50 or more yards out he won't have anymore skeptics at all.

Mike (Portland IN)

How About Darryl MaGee ? How do you get his JOb?

Nick Friedell
  (12:29 PM)

Mike, You've got to know the right people, I guess. It doesn't hurt that he's extremely fast either.

Anthony (Waco)

Can you explain how marinelli has impacted the d-line? i was skeptical in the offseason that he could make a difference but i can admit i was wrong so far

Nick Friedell
  (12:31 PM)

Anthony, I think the biggest impact is that he has earned the respect of the players quickly. They trust him completely and would run through a wall for him. He is constantly teaching his players and pushing them to get better. His presence seems to give them extra confidence during the games.

Adam (Houston)

The secondary still seems weak, causing the D to have problems getting off the field on 3rd down. Any thoughts?

Nick Friedell
  (12:35 PM)

The secondary has been a problem throughout the year. At times, they make big plays, but they give up a few big plays each game. Lovie doesn't seem that concerned, but my guess is that this will be an ongoing issue throughout the year.

Mike (Burr Ridge, IL)

How come we (the Bears) are not getting alot of national talk time? I mean we are 3-1. We beat the Steelers, and the Seahawks are not a pushover team. Is it because people still dont think we have good receviers?

Nick Friedell
  (12:36 PM)

Mike, The Bears will get their due -- they just have to keep winning. I think a lot of people across the country are starting to see that the team is actually pretty good this year.

Vic (Naperville)

At what point should we expect Ron Turner to finally unleash Cutler's arm? These little 3 yrd slants and 5 yrd routes are not going to cut it in the playoffs. Looks like the same "game management" plan they used for Orton. Less than 200 yds passing coupled with a near nonexistent running game is cause for concern.

Nick Friedell
  (12:38 PM)

Vic, My guess is that Turner is still waiting for the running game to come alive. Once it does, Cutler will probably take a few more chances down the field. Until then, why fix something that isn't broken? The Bears are 3-1 and are on the right track.

esteban (austin texas)

does knox seem like a favorite for offensive rookie of the year

Nick Friedell
  (12:41 PM)

He'd have to be one of the early favorites. There can't be too many rookies out there who have made as many game-changing plays as he has. Still, if I had to pick one rookie right now, I'd have to go with Mark Sanchez. The voters usually seem to lean towards picking quarterbacks.

Jarome (Waukegan,IL)

do u think da bears have da best special teams all around in da nfl?

Nick Friedell
  (12:42 PM)

Yes, I do. I think they've proven that over the last three weeks.

mike (El Paso, Tx)

With the outstanding play of the receiving core this season, where exactlly does Aromashodu fit in wiht this ball club? Is he a good special teams player that is making a big difference?

Nick Friedell
  (12:44 PM)

Aromashodu has become the Bears' insurance policy. If Hester, Knox or Bennett go down, he'll be the guy that the team turns towards.

Miles (Williamsburg, VA)

I don't know much about how coaches salaries are structured, but Dave Toub's deal is up after this year. Is it a priority for the Bears to resign him, especially with the way the special teams has performed, or does he have higher aspirations (D-Coordinator or maybe head coach down the line)?

Nick Friedell
  (12:46 PM)

Miles, I'm sure Lovie will push the organization to re-sign Toub. While I haven't heard anyone ask Toub what his future goals are, I'm sure he is like most coaches -- he'd like to run his own team one day, if possible.

ben (south holland, IL)

what are the chances the bears make a big splash in the offseason towards a legit number 1 reciever

Nick Friedell
  (12:48 PM)

I'm sure there will be a push. But after the first four weeks of the season the present group has proven they can get the job done. If they continue to play well there won't be as much pressure to go out and find a "number one" WR.

Tom (Bolingbrook)

I look back at last year and they talked of how Atlanta was just "one game" and I know they had another late and bad loss in the middle. well it ended up costing them the playoffs. Do you think they will look back at the Packers loss this year as the same kind of game?

Nick Friedell
  (12:50 PM)

No way. It was the first game of the season and they were still coming together as a team. They have improved every week since.

Scott (Houston)

In regards to 3rd again, JD said it's a concern for Lovie, and now you say it's an ongoing problem throughout the season. Since we have a good amount of depth on the D-Line barring injury, would we possibly make a move to improve the secondary? (not re-signing Rod Hood for 5 days again)

Nick Friedell
  (12:52 PM)

As Lovie would say: "We are always looking to improve our football team." Having said that, I think the coaching staff still believes in the secondary and is convinced they will play better as the season rolls along.

Mike (Burr Ridge, IL)

looking ahead to minnesota, what do you think the bears are going to need to do to beat the vikings?

Nick Friedell
  (12:54 PM)

Mike, In my mind it comes down to one thing: Slowing down Arian Peterson. If the Bears D-Line plays the way it has over the last couple weeks there is a solid chance they will be able to do that. I wouldn't worry too much about that game right now though -- it's still a long way away.

rob (great lakes, il)

do you think the bears should try and trade for shawne merriman this season or possibly sign him next season. the way things are looking, he is on his way out of san diego.

Nick Friedell
  (12:55 PM)

I'm sure they'll look into it, but signing Merriman is not a need. The need for the Bears on D is in the secondary.

Paul (Louisville, KY)

With our AP hurt and possibly out against ATL, are there any plans or talk of the Bears signing another RB, or are they confident in Garrett Wolfe?

Nick Friedell
  (12:57 PM)

Paul, I haven't heard any. I think the team has faith that Wolfe can be a solid backup for a few weeks.

Kevin (Chicago)

Why don't the Bears use a shotgun formation? I think Cutler could dice up the defense from here

Nick Friedell
  (12:58 PM)

Kevin, That's a good question. Right now, I think one of the big reasons is that the O-line hasn't constantly shown that they can protect Cutler for that long.

Brad (Chicago)

Forget WR, o-line is the concern both this year and going forward. Simply put, we look old and slow and can't push anyone off the ball. How does the get better both in the short term (this season) and the long term (next few seasons) considering Angelo has not proven very adept at evaluating O-line talent?

Nick Friedell
  (1:01 PM)

In the short-term, the only thing that will make them better is to play more together. In the long-term, Angelo is going to have to find a couple good prospects in the draft. He proved he found a diamond in the rough with Knox -- now he'll have to do that again.

Jurko
  (1:02 PM)

Hello Chicago, I am over my Olympic malaise. Let's talk Bears.

rob (great lakes il)

why don't the bears use the wildcat offense. i think it will help the run game to get going. i think hester will be great in the wildcat offrnse.

Nick Friedell
  (1:02 PM)

All right everybody, it was great chatting with you guys. Stay tuned for a lot more coverage this week. Jurko will be here in just a few moments. Talk to you next week.

Jurko
  (1:03 PM)

I think it's something they have looked at, and if Kyle Orton were still the QB, they would hav eput it into play. But with Cutler being one of your premier playmakers in the league, why take the ball out of his hands? not only that, but let's let Devin worry about one thing at a time.

Matt (Orland Park, IL)

how is jarron gilbert doing and will we see him have ne playing time this year

Jurko
  (1:04 PM)

Depending upon injuries at DT, that will dictate his playing time. He's progressing. He's a DE trying to learn the 3 technique.

tony (riverdale. IL)

why are the bears going to atlanta in back to back years ?

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

Just a quirk of the schedule. I played for the Packers and we went to Dallas 7 straight times. Some of them were playoffs, but that's how it works out sometimes.

skokie nirav (skokie)

which QBs in the league would you take over Jay Cutler right now. Consider his age and the number of years that he has left in him also.

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

I'd taking Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and maybe Drew Brees.

Brad (Chicago)

You can't really call Wale consistent, can you? He's up and down like the rest of the defense. He's doing well right now, but there's nothing in his past that says he will keep it up for an extended period of time (multiple seasons)

Jurko
  (1:06 PM)

I agree. You have to be very careful when looking at Wale's work. He's motivated now. He's playing for a contract. Some pundits will say he's best in the world, but to me, a guy who turns it on in a contract year and turns it off other years, is really not the kind of guy you want to reward with a big-money contract, especially at his age.

Chris (LA)

The Bears do not have an elite receiver that can go up and rip the ball out of the sky. While I have been impressed with the receivers thus far, I think a taller and more athletic receiver could help balance out their speed guys. When can Aromashodu get some playing time?

Jurko
  (1:08 PM)

I think they're worrie about his healthy and they're only keeping 4 WRs active. Not much room now. Until guys get beat up and Aromashodu can contribute on special teams ..

Tom (Bolingbrook)

Due to the Bye week this I am looking to cut back on some foods this weekend. So what do you think Jurk, Do I go with Italian Sausage or just stick with the basic Deep Dish Pizza this sunday

Jurko
  (1:08 PM)

Go deep dish pizza, go spinach, all veggie on the deep dish. I think you'll be happy.

Miles (Williamsburg, VA)

You mention the secondary as a need. The Bears drafted D.J. Moore out of VanderBear University. I know he's small, but he was a ball hawk in college. Has he not proved himself to be what the Bears expected, or does the team expect him to contribute next year and in the future?

Jurko
  (1:10 PM)

Some guys get the benefit of the doubt that they may develop into something. When I was with the Dolphins in 90, they drafted Bobby Harden out of the Univeristy of Miami. he was injured. They knew full well he wasn't going to be able to be productive in first year, but they knew he was good and slipped way down in draft. And they picked him up cuz they knew he'd be one helluva safety.

Jamse (Dayton, OH)

The Bears offense has always seemed to utilize the tight ends well in passing and I-formation. With three tight ends on the roster and Olsen being the obvious #1, will Kellen Davis, due to his recent success, start to become the #2 option with his size and catching ability? If so, could this be one of the last seasons we have Desmond?

Jurko
  (1:11 PM)

This will be the last season you have Desmond, if Desmond doesn't take a pay cut. The older a player gets, the more likely he is asked to take a pay cut. Davis is young, faster and more of a viable threat in this offense. You have to teach him how to block, and he has to want to block.

skokie nirav (skokie)

what is Jay Cutlers biggest strength and biggest weakness?

Jurko
  (1:12 PM)

Biggest strength is experience, even though he's young; arm strength; pocket presence. Weakness and it's his only one, trying to fit passes in where they don't belong.

Paul (Louisville, KY)

I would like to see what the D-Line would look like with Gilbert lining up next to Brown and Harris in a pass rushing situation, your thoughts?

Jurko
  (1:13 PM)

That's the first type of experience Gilbert will get. When he starts to play, it will be in games the Bears have a lead of 10 or more in the 4th. They'll put him and say don't worry about anything, just rush the passer. Probably happen in second half of season, not first half.

Ryan (Antioch) (hey)

Hey, with the big emergence of Johnny Know, do you see him as a potential #1 wide receiver with the Bears?

Jurko
  (1:14 PM)

I think he has the potential. I'd like to see more meat on his bones. Steve Smith isn't the biggest guy in the world, but as far as muscles, he's phenomenal. But the potential is there.

Matt (napeville)

How do you think Orlando Pace has played?

Jurko
  (1:15 PM)

I think he's better blocking for the pass than the run. It's his age. His knee bend isn't there anymore. His pad level is too high.

Chris (Chesterton, IN)

With the Bears on the bye this week, what better to do then sit back and watch the roar be restored at the UC. Go Hawks, Go Bears! I wonder if any of the Bears can skate?

Jurko
  (1:15 PM)

I'm sure there's one Bear who can skate. I'm sure there's one who can get on the ice and be proficient. I can't wait for tonight's game against Detroit. Hopefully they play uptempo and have good goaltending.

Andrew (Wichita, KS)

Jurk -With the Bears being on a bye, and the Bears playing so well, I'm hungry for some good games to watch this weekend. What are some of the games on your radar screen this weekend? Particularly with some possible division or conference implications for the Bears.

Jurko
  (1:17 PM)

I have Tennessee beating Indianapolis in a must-win situation. Denver-New England is a game I'll check out. New England is the class of the AFC and Denver is undefeated.

Matt (Orland Park)

do you see the bears making a splash this offseason for a big time wide out or defensive back

Jurko
  (1:17 PM)

No and no. They learned from Muhsin experience that you don't have to overpay for a WR when you have a QB who can get the ball out there.

skokie nirav (skokie)

Did you think it was careless by Lovie to not take Cutler out of the game vs detroit in the 4th quarter when they were up by so much. There was one play late in the 4th when the game was essentially over, you see cutler downfield making a block. Is that careless on lovies part?

Jurko
  (1:19 PM)

No. To me their game plan was to run and hand the ball off. And this QB is still getting used to these guys.

chris (New Jersey)

Th O line seems OK pass blocking yet I haven't seen a deep throw since the 1st quater at Seattle. Do you think it would help the run game to stretch the field more?

Jurko
  (1:20 PM)

Just because you don't throw the deep route doesn't mean somebody isn't runing the deep route. Just because you're not throwing deep, it can be effective. With that being said, I'd still like to see them throw downfield at least 3 times. I like the home run ball.

nate (chicago)

back when Hester was converted to reciever they tried the reverse and fake reverse almost every series.Dont you think with Knox you should gamble on the gimmick

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

I think they ran it once. I've seen it run, it didn't work, but I've seen it run. I like the reverse, the motion. It forces the DE to stay and respect it, which could open up a hole for you.

Diego (Rogers Park)

I thought Johnny Knox was the best candidate to be the Eddie Royal of this year...lots of people said that wasn't going to happen, but I feel like he's well on his way to 60 catches.

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

I'm not going to put a number of it, only because he's throwing to a number of WRs. I think you're going to have a bunch of guys around 60 catches, maybe one with 70.

skokie nirav (skokie)

with all the depth the bears have at linebacker, do you think we would be productive in a 3-4 defense?

Jurko
  (1:22 PM)

No. And this is why, as good as the LBs have been, these are LBs who are accustomed to a 4-3 defense. And even more than that, your DL I don't think translate well to a 3-4 defense. When you have to do that 2-gapping stuff, that's no fun.

Paul (Louisville, KY)

with lovie taking over the play calling on defense, will the Bears re-sign Bob Babich?

Jurko
  (1:23 PM)

Yeah, because he's perfect where he's at. He's a good LB coach. He was a fish out of water last year.

Scott (Quad Cities)

Whats you take on the Vikings. they played from behind in weeks 1 and 2, should have lost to the niners and played a horrible 4th Q against the Packers. they have rams, ravens, steelers and packers in GB next 4 weeks. i would love to see 1-3 and i think thats very possible. whats your take?

Jurko
  (1:24 PM)

When we looked at sked at beginning of season, everybody predicted the Vikes would jump out to a 5-0 start and then get tough. We'll find out what they're about after the Rams game. I think they're the best in the NFC North and as long as Favre stays healthy, legit shot to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Hector Martinez (Kenosha, WI)

why do you think all the so called football experts love aaron rodgers when he hasn't proven anything and the one chance he had his team went 6-10.

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

I think you have to understand why the Packers went 6-10. Not because he couldn't play QB, but because their defense was terrible. If you understand what's happening, you understand it's not his fault they're not winning games.

Louis (Cleveland)

How long do you think that Lovie will stay in Chicago?I really feel that he has done a decent job with the team so far.

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

As long as they win, he'll be here another 6-7 years. All about winning. As long as Cutler is the QB, they'll have a chance to win.

Miguel (Chicago)

Any chance they will just let Roach play in the middle for the remainder of the season. I understand the leadership/ morale Hillenmeyer brings to the D, but Konerko might be able to out run him.

Jurko
  (1:27 PM)

I think Roach needs a litle more time as the LB position. He was out of position on a couple of draws where he didn't recognize run/pass. Things come with experience, but that experience comes when you're up, not when you're trying to win football games.

Scott (Vernon Hills)

Where do you see the Bears in the Playoff hunt? Competing for the Division crown or fighting for the Wild Card? All along i have see them as a 10-6 team. Would that be good enough this year in the NFC?

Jurko
  (1:28 PM)

They'll finish 11-5. They'll compete for the Div. title. But will settle for the Wild Card. I've got them advancing to the Super Bowl, and they'll have to do it through WC position.

Steven (Miami)

What has happened to the Bears ground game??? Cetric Benson averaged one yard a carry before he departed. This year it s nowMatt!

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

I think the OL is not opening up holes. Because of that, your RB has become shellshocked. With the OL beocming more comfortable, I think we'll start seeing more holes and a more confident RB.

skokie nirav (skokie)

finish this statement...charles tillman is the best CB the bears have had since...and charles tillman is the best at causing turnovers since...and you cant say rashaan salaam..

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

Since Virgil Livers ... Richard Dent ...

Jurko
  (1:30 PM)

Ok guys, thanks for the great questions. Come back next week and we'll talk Falcons.