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November 19, 11:30 AM ET
Chat Bears with ESPNChicago.com

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:31 AM)

Hello again! Let's get to work and try and figure out how the Bears can somehow salvage this season.

john (chicago)

Will Devin Hester ever be a true number one receiver

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:34 AM)

No. Hester is developing into a very good #2 or #3 WR, but he'll never be an elite receiver until he learns to avoid mental mistakes (penalties, stopping his route when he bumps into an official, etc). I just don't really see that ever happening. Bears would be wise to add a star receiver to their offseason shopping list.

Tyler (Iowa City )

Will we be seeing more of Aromashodu?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:37 AM)

Maybe a little vs. Philadelphia, although Ron Turner certainly didn't give Aromashodu a huge vote of confidence on Wednesday. On the other hand, Jay Cutler did, so I guess we'll see who has more the power in that relationship.

Andy A. (Chicago, IL)

Do you think the BEARS will go away from the Cover 2 next year? Maybe try a 3-4 like the Packers? We don't have the personnel to run the Cover 2 anymore!

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:38 AM)

That depends on the head coach. If Lovie Smith is back in 2010, the Bears will still be a Cover-2 team. Frankly, Lovie doesn't know anything else. If Lovie is gone, then maybe changing the defensive scheme is a possibility.

Corey (Chicago)

What will it take for the Bears to clean house and oust Jerry, Lovie, and Ron?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:39 AM)

I'd say a 4-12 or 5-11 finish.But it's going to be tough for Turner to keep his job regardless of the final record.

Jeff (Mokena)

Is there anything the Bears can do with our current personnel (starters or not) to help the running game?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:41 AM)

Use Desmond Clark and Jason McKie on every run play -- might be tough now that Clark has an injured neck. Bench Pace, and put Omiyale at one of the tackle spots.Send Greg Olsen down the field. Do not ask him to block.That might be a good start.

Varun (Chicago, IL)

With two concussions in the last month and several other injuries that are slowing Westbrook, do you think he is done for the season? And if so, is LeSean McCoy ready to be a feature back for the Eagles?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:43 AM)

The good news is that the Eagles say Westrbook will make a full recovery. Two concussions in less than a month probably means he's done for the year. LeSean McCoy is decent, but without Westbrook, I'd expect McNabb to throw most of the time.

Chris (Chicago)

Does Wolfe make it back this year?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:44 AM)

I think so. The Bears are optomistic the kidney injury will only keep Wolfe on the shelf for at most a month.

Eric (Chicago)

Jeff, does Cutler have any trade value for the offseason? I'm thinking the Bears could possibly trade him to Washington for Campbell and a 1st or 2nd round pick, then draft a QB with the 1st rounder or OL with the 2nd round pick and maybe sign Campbell to a one year deal? Or could we get more for Cutler?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:45 AM)

C'mon Eric. Don't bail on Cutler after nine games. Of course, he needs to make better decisions in the redzone, but he's going to be okay. Now it's up to the Bears to surround him with better people moving forward.

Tony V (Cincinnati)

Do you look back on the moment you told me that you weren't worried about the Bengals game, and think, "wow, I was way off"?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:46 AM)

Yes. Almost every single day. A part of me died that afternoon in the Queen City.

Tim (Chicago)

Is Gaines Adams still alive?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:49 AM)

I swore I saw him walking off the practice field yesterday. The Adams thing doesn't make much sense. If he were good enough to help this team...wouldn't the Bears use him in games? Does he stink? It's hard to say right now.

Miguel (Chicago)

Is there any hope that the bears will get the running game going?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:50 AM)

Maybe they'll be able to run versus St. Louis and Detroit.

Ed (Chicago)

how are the bears going to match up with all the dynamic eagle receivers, as if jackson and maclin weren't enough, avant goes off for 150 plus last week, what can the bears do to slow down the eagles passing attack considering how badly the cardinals destroyed them minus boldin?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:51 AM)

#1 Pressure McNabb#2 Pressure McNabb3 Pressure McNabbI think they need to pressure McNabb.

Bobby (Palos)

Has anyone besides Alafava from this years draft even hit the field?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:54 AM)

Johnny Knox.Other than that:Gilbert - Active 2 games, played in oneIglesias - Inactive every gameMoore - Active 1 gameMelton - IRFreeman - CutLouis - Inactive every gameKinder - CutNice.

Kevin (Minneapolis)

Call me crazy but if you look at the bears schedule if they win all their home games and I know that is a big if. It would just take one win at Detroit and one upset win at Balt or Minn to get to 10,what do you think?

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:55 AM)

That's true....if the Bears can win all of their home games. It's just tough to see that happening when you consider how inconsistent the Bears have been this year.

Diego (Chicago)

Jeff, Please tell all Bears fans named "Eric" to take an IQ test

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:56 AM)

I have no issue with Eric. I just think we're wasting our time as a city this week. We shouldn't be worried about trading Cutler, or Dr. Dan Grossman, or the Bears blowing off NBC...let's focus on the football!

Chris (Northbrook)

What's up with Tommie Harris? He played well last week. What do we need to do to stop the Offensive Penalties? We're killing ourselves

Jeff Dickerson
  (11:58 AM)

Tommie was okay last week. Let's see him put together back to back good games. Penalties are a major problem. 10 last week. Way too many.

SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)

Jeff, what is your take on all the bad writting about the Bears refusing to available to to media? Sour grapes by the media? Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:00 PM)

I just don't know why any Bears fan should care about that stuff. If I were paying tons of money to attend games, I'd be more concerned about the team, and how they can get better. Just my own opinion.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:01 PM)

Thanks everybody. Next up is my buddy Jon Greenberg from ESPNChicago.com. Treat him well.

Jon
  (12:01 PM)

Forget the Bears, let's talk UIC hoops. Just kidding.

Andy A. (Chicago, IL)

Now that Westbrook is out for Sunday's game, do you think our D-Line will take advantage and try experiment with some stunts or disguises at the line to get to Mcnabb?

Jon
  (12:03 PM)

Well, I hope they planned to do that anyway. This line isn't over-powering people right now, not the good teams anyway. The Iggles' line has given up 22 sacks this year.

Eric (Chicago)

Jon, can you explain what an interior defensive lineman does before the snap of the ball? It seems like too many are lined up in the neutral zone. Are they watching the ball, listening to the snap count, something else? What gives?

Jon
  (12:04 PM)

I think you should wait until Jurko comes on for the d-line chalk talk. I played a deep, deep safety my two years of junior high football. All I was thinking about was "Don't throw it near me."

Chris (Chicago)

Jon, read your article this morning...You really think the Bears can't win one of those games against Minnesota? Even week 16 after they locked up the division and a home playoff game?

Jon
  (12:06 PM)

So you're the one who read it. No, I don't. The Vikings will still be playing for home field advantage, most likely, with the Saints. Maybe if they rest Favre and Peterson, I guess. But I'm adamantly against resting guys for a whole game. It steals your momentum.

J (Milwaukee)

What was the opinion of Dick Jauron during his Chicago days? Was it much different than it is now (conservative coach who was bad on game days?)

Jon
  (12:08 PM)

Yeah, that's pretty much it. In 2005, former Bears CB R.W. McQuarters offered this quote about Jauron, which is meant to emphasize the boring coach's dependability and personality."Dick is Dick," McQuarters began. "When I say Dick is Dick, Dick is Dick."

D.J. ((Sleepy Hollow, IL))

Hey John, what do you have to say about a certain ophthalmologist's comments on the Bears organization? I personally agreed with everything he was saying. It is a passing league, we can't continue to have the run first mentality if we expect to win. Thanks!

Jon
  (12:10 PM)

I loved that the Tribune devoted two days of front pages to Dr. Grossman. I'm thinking of calling Moses Moreno's pop next. Dr. Grossman knows a ton about football, he and his father were Indiana QBs, but it was kind of a simplistic, "you don't say" critique. Is there anyone out there who thinks the Bears are a dynamic offensive team?Plenty of teams still run the ball, as they should. You can't be pass-only and expect to win.

Neal (Dallas)

With Lovie being in charge of the defense this year do you think they will be in search for an defensive coordinator this off season to clear his plate a little?

Jon
  (12:12 PM)

Yeah, I think they should. But then again, Lovie's not exactly pulling the strings on the offense, is he? So he's going to be involved on the defense regardless. He didn't like Rivera, so he installed his guy and it didn't work. Lovie can coach defense, that much we know.

Chris (Chicago)

Charlie Weiss to replace Turner next year? He can keep his house in South Bend at least.

Jon
  (12:13 PM)

He can make the South Bend-Chicago commute like Hawk Harrelson, though Halas Hall is a good deal farther than the Cell.I'd endorse Weis if he can get the defensive play calls like he did in New England.

Diego (Chicago)

Lots of people want Lovie and Angelo gone (among others). If they go, what sort of talent is left on this team for another staff to build on?

Jon
  (12:16 PM)

Well, let's do an anecdotal list (research?!):Offense: Cutler, Knox, Hester, Bennett, Forte (maybe), McKie, OlsenDefense: Briggs, Urlacher, Manning, Tillman, Afalava (maybe), Brown, Gaines Adams (maybe), HarrisNot a lot there, but it's not a complete disaster.

KImberly (Hottieville)

Why dont the bears have cheerleaders like the rst of the league I think it would help

Jon
  (12:16 PM)

I agree Kimberly. Call your friends from Hottieville Community College and tell them to protest at the game this Sunday.

Jerry (Bloomington)

Do they really believe that Turner should be the O.Q? I meet look at his days at U of I, one good year and a lot more bad.

Jon
  (12:17 PM)

He must be a great interviewer.

Tom (Chicago)

Has anyone ever thought of reintroducing a Fullback to block for forte? It seems like Eddie George's most productive years were with a full back. Could help?

Jon
  (12:17 PM)

Jason McKie resents your inference.

Luke (Chicago)

Ever since 2006 I've been a huge Rex Grossman fan and thought it was unfair how we treated him. I thought it was clear he had a lot of talent but something was missing. Now a proven Pro-Bowl QB is leading the league in INTs. Why havent the Bears made changes on offense (fire turner!) yet? its unreal that this organization could do this to a proven QB and makes me wonder how many QBs we had that would have been great on other teams. Its fair to be unhappy with Cutler's play but clearly something is wrong considering his success with a good offense. Orton is having a lot of success as well and Benson is a MVP candidate. who would have thought that after his time in Chicago?

Jon
  (12:19 PM)

Well, I'd go easy on the Rex love. He couldn't handle snaps and got really nervous back there. He didn't exactly inspire confidence. But I agree, something's wrong.The Bears need to make a commitment to improving their offense and building around Cutler. Tony Dungy said as much in a Q&A with Crain's Chicago this week.

Ronald (Kennesaw)

Have you ever seen a worse pair of corners? Tillman abd Bowman couldnt cover me

Jon
  (12:19 PM)

What's your 40 time?

Chris B (Jessup PA)

Can't think of a better o.c. candidate than Mike Martz. Especially with the way he can utilize Forte as a receiver out of the backfield. Would he be willing to just be an O.C.? Would he want more money than the Bears would ever pay a coordinator? Personally, I thought Turner would be gone last Friday.

Jon
  (12:20 PM)

I think that's feasible, depending on how much $$$ he wants. I think Martz would love coaching on a national stage again with a project like Cutler. Supposedly Cutler is a sponge in the film room. I think he just needs a guiding hand, a sensei if you will.

Stan (Chicago)

Don't you mean McKie resents the implication???

Jon
  (12:21 PM)

Yes, thank you Stan. Now back to work at the Chicago Manual of Style.

Doug (Buffalo Grove)

Have you ever heard of an offensive line tanking on purpose because a new quarterback got paid with many pics and the former quarterback did not have as many pics and was traded away? Can there be some sour apples in the locker room?

Jon
  (12:23 PM)

No, I haven't. As a wise man once said, in "Major League," "This isn't the California penal league. Guys don't tank plays for personal reasons."So no. Cutler's not the locker room jerk you might think he is. I heard he was a lot more aloof his rookie year in Denver.

mrmick (Phoenix)

Aaron Kampman becomes a free agent after this season. do you think the Bears will be smart enough to sign him ?

Jon
  (12:24 PM)

No, because they just wasted, I mean traded a 2nd round pick for Gaines Adams. The Bears need to focus on signing: An offensive lineman or twoA big receiverA backup running backA playmaking linebacker

Jon
  (12:24 PM)

Oh, and another safety.

Dave (St. Joseph MI)

Does Lovie give any input on play calls during the game? Does he tell Turner "Run the ball here"?

Jon
  (12:25 PM)

Yeah, he does. Unfortunately, I'm not privvy to them as I'm in the press box wrestling heavyset sidlers for the last sandwich.

Chris (Chicago)

Major League analogy is incorrect Jon, Dorn was booting those balls on purpose. Hopefully Jay isn't sleeping with anyones wife.

Jon
  (12:26 PM)

Ha ha, very true on Dorn. You know if he wants to be an interior designer, that's his own business, but some of us still need this team...Anyway, no, I think Cutler is a good teammate regardless.

Phil (Champagne)

Would Cowher be a good fit in Chicago?

Jon
  (12:28 PM)

Yes, but he'd demand control, or at least a very strong say on draft picks. He won a power battle in Pittsburgh with the GM, Tom Donahue. Cowher is a great, great coach and his thick mustache, well-groomed hair, leather jacket style would endear him to our many Grabowskis.

Corey (Chicago)

Do you think its fair Jay has gotten so much heat this year for his play? It seems like maybe half of his interceptions aren't his fault because of receivers and tight ends falling down or running a bad route. Yeah, he has been bad in the redzone but the running game is so poor he is just trying to make something happen. He needs help.

Jon
  (12:30 PM)

Yeah, because he's the quarterback. And to be honest, he's handled the critcism pretty well. I know he looks prickly in the post-game pressers, but on Wednesday's he's a real standup guy. That being said, the offensive play calls aren't the best, and his receivers, while good, aren't covering up his mistakes often enough.His red zone play leaves a lot to be desired.

Jon
  (12:30 PM)

Ok, that's it for me. Enjoy your weekend.

Mosley
  (12:30 PM)

Hopefully I'm not cutting Jeff off here, but I've been scheduled for the next 30 minutes. If you have questions about Sunday night's matchup, fire away. I've spent the past month with the Eagles. Happy to help out.

anthony (chicago)

does anyone think that if ron rivera stayed our defense wouldnt be playing as bad as it has in some of the games this year?

Mosley
  (12:32 PM)

Anthony, I just finished watching a Ron Rivera-coached defense. What he's done with a banged up squad in San Diego is pretty remarkable. So yes, I think losing Rivera probably hurt in terms of continuity.

Matt (Barcelona)

Do we have any possible trades available to pick up extra draft picks in the early rounds?

Mosley
  (12:33 PM)

Matt, from what I recall you guys used up a lot of draft picks on a certain quarterback. I don't see any potential trades that would you land you anything meaningful at this point.

Rich (London)

Matt - what can we expect to see from LeSean McCoy this Sunday?

Mosley
  (12:34 PM)

I think Andy Reid's giving him a ton of reps in practice this week. The biggest concern with McCoy is that he's really struggled picking up the blitz. That's the case with a lot of rookie running backs, though. But if the ball's in his hands, he doesn't have to worry about running. I could see him having 17-20 carries for 85 yards in this game. Very good quickness. But struggles in the short yardage situations.

Eric (Chicago)

Mosley, no Westbrook and McNabb constantly dropping back to pass...do the Bears get the pass rush on McNabb to get sacks and force him into INTs?

Mosley
  (12:37 PM)

McNabb sometimes feels pressure even when it's not there. The Eagles are vulnerable on the left side where Jason Peters is trying to return from an ankle injury. Against all odds, Winston Justice has held up fairly well at right tackle. Of course, he's getting a little more help than Peters. But yes, I think there will be some opportunities for the Bears' pass-rush. There's not a lot of continuity along the Eagles' offensive line because of all the injuries. And Reid hates to run the ball, so that leads to sacks.

TC (chicago)

How is Jason Avant regarded in Philly and how do you rank him as a WR?

Mosley
  (12:38 PM)

He's regarded as a clutch third-down receiver who sort of faded into the background with the emergence of Maclin and Jackson. Avant single-handedly kept the Eagles in that game Sunday against the Chargers.

Christian (Staten Island, NY)

Matt, could it just be possible the Eagles played two pretty good teams the past two weeks, and in the next two games they get back on track?

Mosley
  (12:39 PM)

It's certainly possible, but I looked at "how" they played as much as whether they won or lost. Donovan McNabb performed poorly in both losses. Right now, the Eagles' defense is so banged up that they have obscure guys like Ramzee Robinson running around back there.

Chris (Chicago)

Have you figured out Andy Reids play calling strategy yet

Mosley
  (12:39 PM)

Historians will spend the next 200 years trying to get to the bottom of that, Chris.

Christian (Staten Island, NY)

Could more Leonard Weaver be the solution to thr Eagles' short yardage woes?

Mosley
  (12:40 PM)

Well, he certainly wasn't the answer on first-and-goal from the Chargers' 1-yard line last week. This isn't something you change overnight. The Eagles are a finesse team. They're going to be bad in those type situations.

Christian (Staten Island, NY)

Matt, Macho Harris was drafted as a corner back. Could getting him on the field as a corner help some of the Eagles' depth problems at the position? Why can't Jack Igkegwonu (might have mispelled) get on the field?

Mosley
  (12:41 PM)

I don't think the team trusts Ikegwuonu at this point and they don't want to put too much on Harris' plate. Plus, the guy's fighting through an eye infection this week and can barely get on the field.

mrmick (Phoenix)

Since you've been covering the Eagles recently, how do you think the Bears DB's match up against their WR's ?

Mosley
  (12:43 PM)

I honestly don't think anyone matches up favorably with DeSean Jackson these days. He has elite speed -- and his double moves have sunk many a corner. But the guy you need to worry about the most is Brent Celek. If you try to cover him with one of your LBs (Urlacher), he'll light you up. One of the best players in the league that folks don't know about.

Chris (Chicago)

Is Westbrook out of Philly after this season?

Mosley
  (12:44 PM)

I think there's a good chance of that, Chris. They can opt out of 2010. With the brain injuries and other issues (ankle, knee), it might be time to move on down the road. Of course, there are salary-cap implications.

Jeremy (Las Vegas)

Can you list the three weaknesses the Eagles have that the Bears need to exploit?

Mosley
  (12:46 PM)

Chris Gocong is playing out of position at MLB, so he's thinking too much rather than reacting right now...Moise Fokou is a rookie starting on the strong-side. That's a mistake waiting to happen...And the Eagles don't have enough bodies in the secondary. When you have Dimitri Patterson covering Antonio Gates one-on-one late in a game, you have big-time problems.

Mike (Chicago)

I dont know about everyone else, but why isnt Hester (probably one of the best returners) returning kickoffs anymore? A couple years ago, when he was back there, kickers were scared to kick to him and we would be able to start almost at the 40 every drive?

Mosley
  (12:48 PM)

He's probably become so valuable as a WR that coaches are afraid to expose him back there. The Cowboys are struggling with whether to use Felix Jones in that capacity. But he's not used as much at RB as Hester's used at WR. Let's keep the Eagles questions coming. I'm not a Bears expert -- as you can probably tell.

Alex (Chicago)

Not sure if you heard, but Urlacher is out for season, so I don't think he'll be covering Celek much this week. What have you notcied as the biggest weakness on the Eagles defense?

Mosley
  (12:49 PM)

oops, I had heard that. I was living in the past. Forgive me. Insert another LB in there please.

Alex (Chicago)

What do you think of the way Garza and Williams have played this year? I think Garza needs to be ugraded and Willams needs to move to LT. If we lose 7 games this year, they need to throw in the towe; and try some stuff for next year. What do you think?

Mosley
  (12:53 PM)

You guys have any more Eagles questions? If not, I'll turn it over to Jon.

Christian (Staten Island, NY)

How would you assess Sean McDermott's performance at this point of the season?

Mosley
  (12:55 PM)

Christian, I think he's had his moments. The lopsided win over the Giants was an example of him not having to use the blitz as much. But he brings a ton of blitzes in the game plan each week. I think he's being forced to play without any appreciable depth right now. And it's showing. Overall, though, I think he's done an admirable job.

Mike (AH)

Do the NY Giants have win in them this week?

Mosley
  (12:56 PM)

I think the Giants lucked out that the Eagles and Cowboys both lost. With a week under their belts to get re-focused, I could see them running off several wins.

Rich (London)

Do the Eagles feel desperate that this has to be their year since they finally have weapons around McNabb and their defense is also getting old? Will they keep McNabb past this year?

Mosley
  (12:59 PM)

I'm not sure their defense is getting that old. And unless he just has a total meltdown, McNabb will be the starter next season. I will say that that Kevin Kolb was pretty impressive in his two starts -- and that's one reason Vick will be elsewhere next season.

Mike (AH)

How is Philly's red zone defense?

Mosley
  (1:01 PM)

Horrid lately in red-zone offense, but they do a pretty decent job defending in the red zone. They put the Giants in a lot of FG situations three weeks ago -- and the Cowboys didn't exactly light them up in the red zone. It took a late Miles Austin TD. This just in: Urlacher out for the season!Thanks guys. Enjoy Jurko!

Jurko
  (1:02 PM)

Bears find themselves in an absolute must-win situation if they can salvage any semblance of a playoff chance here. Ready for questions.

Jurko
  (1:03 PM)

They'll keep McNabb past this year. Not much of an issue. Do they feel desperate, absolutely. You can't risk falling behind another game in the wildcard chase. Two desperate teams playing Sunday night.

Steve (Northbrook)

I've heard alot of speculation about the reasons for Jay Cutler's struggles this year, but one of the things that hasn't been talked about is maybe he's just been a little slower learning the offense then anticipated. I think you combine that with an inexperienced receiving corps, and you have a situation that looks alot like a 4-5 record would indicate. What's your thoughts Jurko about that?

Jurko
  (1:04 PM)

My No. 1 factor is inexperienced receiving corps. No. 2 is poor decision making, especially in the red zone. And No. 2 an OL that is horrid. That's why Cutler's struggling. I think he's fine with the offense.

Nate (Wisconsin)

What kind of free agent O-line help is going to be available this offseason

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

Nobody knows right now. If next year is uncapped, free agency changes from four to six years, so nobody knows who's going to be available right now.

Carl (Kenosha)

Is there anyway of redoing our trade with tampa for Gaines Adams? I think that was the worst move in the history of trading for players! We just wasted a 2nd round pick for another bust! What was Angelo thinking??

Jurko
  (1:08 PM)

Gaines Adams is a question mark. He is obviously a project. Why any GM in the league would give up what possibly could be the 45th pick in the draft next year for what is a project is beyond the realm of comprehension.

Jurko
  (1:10 PM)

Devin Hester hasn't been the same return guy since Devin and the Bears wanted to make a wide receiver. You don't see the special teams impact you once did and he's become less of a factor at the WR postion compared to special teams guy.

mrmick (Phoenix)

Jurko, I asked JD earlier, and was wonder what your thoughts were about the Bears aquiring Aaron Kampman after this season. He will be a FA and is not happy with the 3-4

Jurko
  (1:12 PM)

I wouldn't overpay for him. The Packers would be trading him when his value his lowest. It depends on what they want and can the Bears really afford to give up another draft choice.

Hector Martinez (Kenosha, WI)

Do you think if the Bears clean up their turnovers and penalties that they can get hot and go on a playoff run?

Jurko
  (1:13 PM)

Anything is possible. And to me, the running game is not getting better. So a run would be predicated on the receivers and Cutler playing as efficiently as possible. And that's not likely to happen this year.

Phil (Chicago)

Out of Omiyale, Schaffer, Pace and Beekman... who is the left side of your ideal (and I use that term loosely) o-Line?

Jurko
  (1:15 PM)

Williams, Beekman, Kreutz for right now, Garza and Schaffer should be our starting line right now. Not because Schaffer is good or bad, but get Williams back to the left side where he belongs. Couple years ago, I was watching college football and I was asked who should the Bears take, and I said Lyle Sendelein. He's the C for the Cardinals. At that time I commented Kreutz isn't getting any younger and you should start looking for a replacement now. Looks like that's the move the Bears should have made.

Dave (St. Joseph MI)

Jurko:How much self scouting do the Bears do on their offense. I was a high school coach and I can predict Turner's plays most of the time, now I have watched him since the early 90's but I do not have film to watch like the opposing coordinators do? How can he be so predictable?

Jurko
  (1:17 PM)

Defensively, when I used to watch film, down and distance, formation, personnel groups, and studying the tendencies would be able to narrow you down to a set number of plays, so you can kind of predict what might happen. But the biggest thing it helps you with is it eliminates what they won't do. With all that being said, you know they won't draw, or run a screen, or do this or that, run a reverse, so what it helps you do is eliminat the possibilities of what they won't do to help you narrow in on what they will do. That's why Turner is so predictable.

brian (minnesota)

i ike the bears in a upset this week what do u think

Jurko
  (1:18 PM)

I've got Philly winning this game. I've got no faith in the Bears. No pass rush on McNabb. A secondary that looks like a MASH unit. I've got no choice but to take Philly.

Brandon (Peoria, IL)

many fans are salivating over a possible Shanahan - Cutler reunion. How possible is that, given he would want powers that Angelo wouldn't give up, so we'd have to dump him too?

Jurko
  (1:19 PM)

What he wants and what he can get are two different things. If Shanahan wants to work with Cutler again, he'll have to be willing only to be the head coach. If he wants both, there's no way in hell he ends up in Chicago.

GriefOne (Elgin Transplant)

With the amount of INT's Cutler has been throwing, should JA consider making the Bears #1 reciever a defensive back? Opposing DBs seem to catch his passes quite well.... wait, nevermind, I forgot, our #1 receiver is a converted DB. Nevermind, answered my own question.

Jurko
  (1:20 PM)

Funny. You're hilarious.

Alex (Chicago)

I sort of like our WR's, but don't think Hester will ever be a #1. I really wouldn't mind looking to trade him in the offseason for a 2nd rounder or better if there were any takers. Any thoughts?

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

That ship has sailed. After his second season, before they gave him his contract extension, is when they shouldn't have gotten rid of him. Now the whole league knows he's not a No. 1 receiver. Second-rounder? Please. Only if the Bears could trade him to themselves.

Dave (Chicago)

I haven't seen the Bears even try to throw it deep for a few weeks now. With speed guys like Hester and Knox it baffles me that we haven't even taken a shot. is that Turner or more a reflection of the fact that the O-Line can't provide Cutler enough time in the pocket to go deep?

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

Combination of both. Most things are a combination of thigns in the NFL. We went deep against Cleveland wiht some success. Receivers need to get themselves open. That would be nice.

munisher55 (Springfield,IL)

How is Ron Turner still an NFL offensive Coordinator?

Jurko
  (1:22 PM)

Only because the season's not over yet. Then he'll go someplace else with more talented players and we'll say why couldn't he do that with us.

Matt (Mt. Carmel, IL)

Odds are Lovie will return next year. Who might the Bears use to fill the hopefully vacant OQ post any maybe a new DQ?

Jurko
  (1:23 PM)

Would have to look around the league. QBs coach for the Saints might be a possibility. Depends on who gets fired. Don't want Charlie Weis, his arrogance or anything to do with him.

Dave (St. Joseph MI)

Do you think Tuner needs to go? He has not updated his strategy as the game has changed?

Jurko
  (1:24 PM)

For me, with Ron Turner, it's why is everyone having problems picking up his offense. In that case, you need to change or teach it differently. That's more an indictment of him than the OL being horrid.

Alex (Chicago)

Do you think Garza is still serviceable or do you think we need 4 new OL(Willams is staying obviously)?

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

You can't replace four guys. Williams will be there. Garza is salvageable, Beekman is salvageable. Might squeeze another year out of Kreutz. The time is now to replace Kreutz.

Cordell (Montreal )

Are the offensive calls really bad or is it the players? The Bears seem to hope for the YAC yardarge on 3rd and long still, like its the Schoop era all over again? What do you think?

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

Every team relies on YAC. I listen to Gruden on Monday night and he's talking about YAC yardage. Every team relies on it.

Matt (Chicago)

I agree that Philly ends the few remaining hopes left for this Bears team. Please help us amateurs understand why the defensive line has stopped getting pressure and playing well in recent weeks?

Jurko
  (1:27 PM)

You have to win individual battles. When you pass rush, you have to pass rush only half the body. Most offensivel linemen in this league, you have one or two opportunities to bull rush him. You have to have a move and a counter. Right now, too many guys have one move and counter is substandard. That's why can't rush passer.

Dave (St. Joseph MI)

What are the chances Gruden leaves the ESPN booth? It would be nice for the Bears to have an offensive coach, last one was Ditka?

Jurko
  (1:28 PM)

I think there's a 70 percent chance he leaves and becomes a coach. I think there's a 10 percent chance he's with the Bears.

Paul (Denver)

The biggest reason the Bears need to win is to shut-up the Donkey fans clamoring for a high draft pick next year! Bears win 23-20.

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

Whatever provides motivation for a team to win, is fine by me. If that's it, let it motivate you, play your butt off. I have a theory the players will go in self-preservation mode. They'll make sure what they're doing is 100 percent correct and if they lose the game they'll say I did everything I was supposed to do.

Hani K. (Chicago Ridge, IL)

What do you this is more important to work on during the off season -- Finding a new OQ or working on our O-Line?

Jurko
  (1:30 PM)

I think finding a new OC is the easy fix. It would be the popular fix. The people would applaud. He'd take a look at this OL and realize his work is cut out for him. Fixing the OL would help the team more than replacing the OC.

Paul (Denver)

What do you think of D. Manning's progression as a FS? Finally, he's sticking somewhere!

Jurko
  (1:31 PM)

He's sticking somewhere because he has to stick somewhere. They can't go lower on the depth chart. By default, he has stuck somewhere.

Gustavo (Miami)

What FA WRs would like to see in a Bears uniform next year??? Since we dont have to spend any money on are 1st or 2nd rd pick any chance we can get Brandon Marshall next year??

Jurko
  (1:32 PM)

Nobody knows who's going to be a FA until get this CBA done.

Jurko
  (1:33 PM)

Hopefully this City of Brotherly Love doesn't hand it to the Bears. But the Bears are going to have to prove it to this skeptic to believe in them. Congrats to Carm and Karyn. They'll have fun in Aruba. See you next week!