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October 11, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dickerson, Jurko

ESPNChicago.com
  (11:57 AM)

Guys, JD will handle the first hour of the chat, beginning in a few minutes. I noticed some Jurko questions in the queue, but wait until 12 CT for Jurko. Thanks!

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:07 PM)

Back from Charlotte...let's get started.

Tom (Chicago)

Will the Bears running game continue or was it a one week wonder?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:09 PM)

Tom, I really hope this is not a one week wonder. It's obvious Matt Forte and Chester Taylor are two of the most talented skill position players on the team. Martz needs to keep using these guys. The worst thing that can happen is if Cutler comes back and Martz doesn't run. That can't happen. And I hope it doesn't.

ACE (Los Angeles, CA)

Jeff, last week Jurko was kind of enough to address my question about the new found cut throat attitude of Lovie Smith and Bears management. (I.E - benching Tommie Harris, pulling Bowman for missing a tackle, etc.) So what gives? Why did the Lovie wait for Collins to throw 4 interceptions, and not pull him at half time? I believe Caleb Hanie has put in the time and worked hard, and has made some good throws down the field in his limited action this year. He's mobile, and secured the win by igniting the offense and getting the first downs needed. In sum, why don't the Bears have faith in Hanie? Thanks...

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:13 PM)

First off Ace, Martz handles all offensive issues. Lovie pretty much gives him free reign, so Martz is the one who decides about the QB. I agree with you about Hanie. He has the potential to be a very good player. I think now they realize Hanie should be the No. 2 moving forward. As for the Bowman decision, you have to give Tim Jennings credit. He certainly hasn't played himself out of the spot since being given the chance to see action versus Green Bay.

Russ (NY)

Did the addition of Web and Eddie Williams firm up the Left side of that offensive line? Or was it that the Panthers were just that bad.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:13 PM)

Webb and Williams were on the right side, but I thought they both did okay. But man, the Panthers are awful. They were way worse than I expected.

Bobby (Notre Dame)

If you are Mike Tice, do you consider holding off on putting Chris Williams back in the lineup once he's healthy to give the existing O-line an opportunity to mesh?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:18 PM)

I don't think so Bobby. When Williams is healthy, and it's possible it could be this week, he goes back into the starting lineup. But once Williams returns, they must settle on a combination. That is an important issue moving forward.

Chris (Chicago)

When will get an idea of what the status of Jay Cutler for week 6? I mean Seattle is better than Carolina and we may need him this week for a win heading into a game against Washington!

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:21 PM)

By Wednesday we should have a clear idea. If Cutler is cleared to fully participate in practice, then it's a likely indication he's going to play against Seattle. If not, well....that means the Bears aren't totally convinced yet.

Curtis (Chicago)

In this new era of "accountability", what should the Bears do with Todd Collins outside of moving him to 3rd string? Also, now that it looks as if the running game has a breath of new life how should M. Martz utilize it next week when and if Cutler comes back 2 weeks removed from live play

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:23 PM)

Colllins is a vested veteran, which means his salary is guaranteed. Because he has 16 years in the league, Collins is making decent money. I don't know why they would cut him at this point in the season. Make Hanie the No. 2, and Collins the No. 3.

Jon (KS)

JD, is DA out of the dog house?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:24 PM)

It was encouraging to see D.A. actually get a few snaps at WR, but let's see what happens when Cutler comes back. That might be our real indication if D.A. is out of the dog house. Yesterday wasn't a very good game to judge the impact of any WR.

Caleb VanZee (Fowler, MI)

Jeff, are you related to Dan Dickerson?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:25 PM)

No, I'm not. Dan Dickerson calls Detroit Tigers games, correct?

D.J. (Decatur, IL)

It seems to me that the media continually focuses on the negatives of this Bear team when in reality the are 4-1, a MUCH better start than anyone expected. The only negative of the win yesterday was the incompetence of Collins. Cutler is going to be back next week and that negative will be gone. Yet we get headlines everywhere saying it was an ugly win. With that being said, what side do you take - the pessimistic media, or the side of the true fan?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:28 PM)

Let's all face it; the entire NFL is mediocre. Are the Bears great? No. But does that matter? No. The Bears are 4-1, with two homes games, a bye, and then a terrible Bills team on the road. Things are looking good. Enjoy the ride.

Drew (Chicago)

Could this be Bears fans worst nightmare? Lucking and fluking there way to a division win and then Angelo and Smith get extensions? Please tell me no.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:29 PM)

With the threat of a lockout, I don't know if anybody is going to get an extension. Lovie still has one more year left on his deal. But let's wait and see how this entire season plays out before looking that far ahead.

Adam (Schaumburg)

Yesterdays game was one of the worst QB performances i have ever seen from both sides, do you feel that the bears were lucky to get that win yesterday and that this defense is back to being the defense it was back in 06 when they went to the Superbowl?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:31 PM)

I don't believe the Bears were lucky yesterday. They pretty much dominated that game yesterday. Carolina is garbage, and never really put up a fight. The defense is good. So are special teams. If they ever put all three phases together...look out.

oscar (chicago)

idonji played alot better yesterday, did he just get more of a opportunity with anderson out or is carolina just really really bad

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:37 PM)

Izzy stepped up. Those guys on the defensive line knew the pressure was on. Somebody had to produce opposite Peppers, and it turned out to be Idonije. What's more impressive; Izzy has been battling a foot injury, plus he was lining up against Jordan Gross -- a pretty good LT. Carolina is bad, but Izzy deserves a pat on the back after yesterday.

Devale (Southside)

Hey JD, in your opinion has Julius Peppers been a defensive player of the year canidate so far? numbers might not show it but he dominates.

Henry Burris (Canada)

Watching Todd Collins try to throw the football reminded you of me. Didn't it?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:40 PM)

I don't know how many votes he would get league wide, but next to Brian Urlacher, Peppers has been the player of the year for the Bears -- despite the lack of numbers.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:41 PM)

Actually Henry, you had a live arm. Watching Collins reminded me more of Jonathan Quinn, circa 2004.

Ric (Chicago)

Why sign Charles Grant and not play him? Is there some dartboard ritual for determining who dresses?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:42 PM)

Good question. The plan heading into the weekend was to let Grant play, but something changed the morning before the game. Let's see if Lovie Smith addresses that coming up at 12:30.

Andres (Miami)

Is Briggs' injury serious?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:45 PM)

Briggs said he was going to be okay after the game, but we need to wait and see how his ankle responds this week to treatment. Lance was in a lot of pain when the injury occurred yesterday, and was wearing a walking boot in the locker room. The key for Briggs is to be able to practice one day this week. Even if it's only Friday. That's all he needs.

sam (iowa city)

Why is Dez Clark on the bench?!?? he is our most well rounded TE. do they anctually think kellen Davis will provide more help than him??

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:46 PM)

Desmond Clark is on the bench because of Brandon Manumaleuna. That is strictly a Mike Martz decision. But I agree, Dez is the most well rounded TE on the roster, Funny how certain things work in the NFL.

Phil (Chicago)

What are your thoughts about Jimmy Clausen's future as a pro? He looked awful yesterday.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:48 PM)

What future? No, seriously, the Panthers played 3 rookie WRs and David Clowney. Clausen didn't have much to work with. But he still didn't look very good. That Carolina franchise is in some serious trouble.

Zack (MI)

I got the Bears going 10-6, maybe 11-5 this season. Is this realistic? What do you think their record will be?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:52 PM)

After a 4-1 start, yes, I believe 10 wins is realistic. I predicted 9-7 before the season.

Brodie (Quad Cities)

I am so confused by the Hanie situation. They didn't sign Bulger because they were confident in Hanie as a backup. They sign Todd Collins because Hanie gets hurt. Hanie gets healthy.. and they start Collins. On top of that, they STILL start him in the 2nd half? Makes no sense.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:53 PM)

Martz wanted a veteran. Plain and simple. And Collins did play well in that final preseason game in Cleveland, which only strenghted Martz's belief that Collins should be the No. 2.

Zack (Chicago)

I love Jamarcus Webb on the right side. He's a big body with a ton of potential. There is a reason he went to Texas before transferring. Do you think that with a little discipline he could become a future every day player?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:58 PM)

Mike Tice is a huge J'Marcus Webb fan. The Bears do believe Webb can become a future starter. I agree, Webb does have talent and potential. The reason Tice was brought here was to develop young players like Webb. I guarantee you he gets plenty of opportunities in the future.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:59 PM)

Thanks everybody. We're about to start a few press conferences here at Halas Hall. We'll keep you posted.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:59 PM)

Here's Jurko.....

Jurko
  (1:02 PM)

Hey, what's up. It wasn't pretty but it's still 4-1, baby.

Tim (Nbrook)

What up Jurk? I think we all had a nice refresher course on what it is like not to have a legit QB in there. How much does this silence some of the Cutler haters?

Jurko
  (1:02 PM)

Carolina is a god awful team. But the Bears do not need to apologize. I hope they make Hanie their second QB and Cutler is ready to go.

Corey (Denver)

Will Todd Collins be cut?

Jurko
  (1:03 PM)

No. He just had a bad game but should be demoted. I would sign a QB to the practice squad like Juice Williams and try to develop him over the next four weeks.

Tom (LA)

A win on the road with your backup QB is a rare thing in the NFL, let's just enjoy the W and when Cutler comes back teams will be forced to deal with the running game. Relax everyone...

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

We all saw the successful runs yesterday, right? After the victory, I smoked a cigar because victories are hard to come by in the NFL. Three big runs by Forte, nice to see. But we saw the rest of the game. And we saw a lot of unsuccessful running plays. This offensive line will never resemble the Electric Company of Buffalo Bills of min-70s fame or the Hogs of the 80s.

Scott (Florida)

Jurk, why did Martz call a pass play on the one yard line? I believe a stretch run play would have scored. Your thoughts.

Jurko
  (1:06 PM)

The Bears have been unable to run in obvious run situations. Example: goal line and short yardage. I don't blame Martz for play-action pass. I blame QB for dumb decision.

Matt (Chicago)

Whats up Jurko! Kind of confused why the panthers didn't have more guys in the box early on in the game knowing that we were going to run. If they did that the beginning of the game could of turned out differently being as that they did a much better job putting a stop to our run game later in the game. Also, do you think Martz will game plan for next week with more run heavy even if Jay is back?Also, Collins is horrible! Jurko, you could play better!

Jurko
  (1:07 PM)

They had the eighth guy in the box on the 68-yard TD run and he ran himself out of the play. [No. 30]got himself out of position and basically blocked himself by taking a bad angle. So they had it there, they just are bad.

John (LA)

After watching the game yesterday, I'm still confused as to why the bears play daniel Manning at Safety. He is out of position all the time and misses tons of tackles. When Major Wright comes back for injury will he play?

Jurko
  (1:08 PM)

Major Wright is not back from injury. Manning is the tallest midget. He's the best you have. Sometimes you have no choice of who you are going to play.

Dennis (IN)

Any shot this accountability system hits Malumaleuna soon? He blocked his guy well on the long Forte run and on some other good runs, but was beat a lot yesterday. As well as many times before that. I say give Davis a shot or put Clark back in.

Jurko
  (1:09 PM)

His pass blocking isn't what it was advertised as. His technique is poor and he was supposed to shore up and complement the offensive line. He has not.

Brodie (Quad Cities)

Coret Wooten.. what'd you think? Is he on the game day roster from here on out?

Jurko
  (1:10 PM)

Raw. Raw. Raw. It's going to take some time for him to get used to things that are happening around him. He still has that deer in the headlight look. But the only way he gets rid of that is by being on the field.

Brett Favre (Minnesota)

Jurko will I see my consecutive start record end due to some "inappropriate texts" and if so should I really be suspended for trying to get a little on the side?

Jurko
  (1:11 PM)

The NFL might very well suspend him for a couple of weeks. You can't lie about texts. The police can go back and find any text you've ever sent in your life. If they don't suspend him that means he proved that it wasn't him in the photos.

MANIMAL (Chicago)

Tommie Harris dissapears again. He was awful. This D reminds me of '06 minus Tommie. Thank God we have Peppers. Izzy played with energy too.

Jurko
  (1:12 PM)

For the last time, after his injuries, he is now just a normal, grinding DT. Not a Pro Bowler, not an all-Pro, just an average run of the mill DT.

Bryan (The STC)

While I do hope the Bears run the ball more, you do know that Forte's long run was on a cut-back because the play was bottled up where it was designed to go, right? I'll give the Bears the "Flip 90", but let's not go on thinking that that the running game has been miraciously fixed. Even the flip was a misdirection. This team will go as far as Cutler's arm, the defense, and the special teams will take them.

Jurko
  (1:13 PM)

Last week I told you guys if the running game was going to be successful they would have to do it with smoke and mirrors, misdirection and deception. They cannot line up like the Jets and just beat up on people.

Christian (Central America)

IF lovie and JA are replaced after this season who are some of the likely candidares to replace them?

Jurko
  (1:15 PM)

If they win games and make the playoffs, LS and JA aren't going anywhere. Nobody has to like it but you better start embracing the notion that contract extensions are around the corner if this team finishes with a 6-5 record the rest of the way. That will put them at 10-6 and in the playoffs. We don't have to love it but we better learn to like it.

Zach (Schaumburg, IL)

I think the Packers going down yesterday was just as big as the Bears win. What's the deal with the Packers? Are they just not as good as they were built up to be and do you see the Vikings sneaking up and knocking on the Bears door? I think we have a really good shot to take this division down.

Jurko
  (1:17 PM)

Offensively, the Packers aren't operating at full efficiency. Their O-line might just be a smidge better than the Bears'. No Finley, no Donald Lee, Jones dropping balls left and right and the next thing you know you're in a dogfight in Washington. They've got as many holes now as the Bears do and most teams in the NFC.

duece (mokena)

Does jay cutler need a loan to buy some new clothes. What was up with that 5x shirt yesterday. That would have been big on you jurko

Jurko
  (1:18 PM)

That shirt is given to him by the equipment man, Tony Medlin. He doesn't have an option of what to wear. It is assigned to him.

The Sane Madman (Bears Nation) [via mobile]

"If they don't suspend him that means he proved that it wasn't him in the photos"... Boy...how bad is a man's life when he has to do that sort of verification.

Jurko
  (1:18 PM)

We'll see. But if he's exonerated and not suspended, that means he proved it.

Tim (New Jersey)

With a labor holdout looming, will that have any effect on the Draft, in terms of when it will be held? or if some players decide not to come out early and stay an extra year in college?

Jurko
  (1:19 PM)

From everything I've been told the draft will be the third or fourth weekend of April like usual.

Jay (Chicago)

Robbie Gould is a stud. 53 yarder that would have been good from 60. Will he finally make the pro bowl this year? Cause he deserves it.

Jurko
  (1:20 PM)

It's great to see Lovie finally trusting in his kicker. It started last year and continues now. If you are other kickers in the league, the fact that he had never kicked a 50-yarder up to last year was a major knock against him.

Jurko (lala)

Who am I?

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

Tall, thin, handsome, right-handed, Croatian with thinning hair and a slight limp. Thank you for asking me.

Adam (San Diego)

No way Farve gets out of this one...

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

I think he's caught red-handed. But let's not jump to conclusions.

calebb (bolingbrook)

jurko, can you evaluate pino's play. I think he is the most underappreciated player on the defense

Jurko
  (1:23 PM)

I hope you mean Pisa. When they named Roach the starter in the preseason I was upset. The limited plays that Pisa played last year, you could see he made an impact. He wasn't there long but he did make an impact.

Lady Gaga (California)

Are you a fan of my music?

Jurko
  (1:23 PM)

Bigger fan of Fergie. Sorry. And Katie Perry, too.

Steven (Ohio)

Trade deadline is in a lil over a week. C'mon, let's make a deal. You don't actually think we'll hold onto both our 1st and 2nd round draft picks this year do you??

Jurko
  (1:24 PM)

I would trade a second-rounder for Logan Mankins. First-round picks are way too valuable now because it gives you cost certainty.

Jay (Chicago)

How about Johnny Knox's block on Matt Forte's first TD run? That a boy.

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

Great downfield blocks. That was the key to the touchdown run. Without it he would have been tackled. You saw what happened when Hester couldn't elude the punter. The Bears did not score on that series.

A Hungry Guy (At Work)

an Italian Sausage, a beef with giardiniera, or a combo sweet?

Jurko
  (1:25 PM)

Combo sweet peppers, red sauce, and provolone cheese.

Oliver (Chicago)

Why doesn't Martz implement more of a shot-gun style offense to give a little cushion for Cutler? We were calling for it under Orton, and it seems that's all they're running in Denver.

Jurko
  (1:26 PM)

I hope they just utilize the shotgun. And stay away from the seven-step drops.

Art (Bossier City)

How did Harris (91) play on Sunday? Would the Bears consider trading Harris for Haynesworth, and would that even be a good option for the Bears?

Jurko
  (1:27 PM)

The Redskins have no interest in Tommie Harris. They are looking for productive ballplayers.

jim (peoria)

jurko, how many concussions did you have?

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

Three that I remember seeing stars and/or dots. Black dots. First one Chris Zorich when I was on kickoff return. He buckled me to my knees. The second Demetrius DuBose, the same way. And the third was Priest Holmes on a zone play when he was with Baltimore. I threw the blocker, put my head back into where he was at, helmet-to-helmet contact. I stayed in the game but I kept telling myself where I was at. Disneyland.

Cooper (Albuquerque)

Please more on the o-line. How would you grade their performance, how much of the run game was due to their efforts?

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

30 percent running back, 30 percent offensive line, 10 percent deception, 30 percent defensive ineptitude.

Will (LaGrange)

Why didn't the Bears trade a 3rd round pick for Randy Moss!?!?

Jurko
  (1:30 PM)

The Bears don't need Moss.

Jurko
  (1:30 PM)

See you on Thursday, guys!