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October 18, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Dickerson, Jurko

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:03 PM)

Plenty to break down after that.....let's talk some Bears.

Kevin (Lombard)

JD... The Bears receivers have plenty of speed and athleticism, but I'm not so sure they're fully grasping things on a mental level. How do you think they're progressing overall as a group/individually?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:07 PM)

Not well Kevin. All of these mistakes are correctable, but they keep occuring, which leads me to believe there is a disconnect between what Martz is teaching and what's being executed on the field. Quite frankly, I think the QB play is the most alarming. We knew the offenisve line would struggle, but Cutler stunk yesterday. A great QB can overcome mistakes by the line, TEs and WRs.

Travis (Cedar Rapids)

How many more times of Jay Cutler getting sacked and needing help off the ground does Jerry Angelo and the front office need to see before they go out and upgrade the offensive lineman? It's obvious that without Jay Cutler the Bears have no offense. We don't need to see him get hurt.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:10 PM)

Travis -- the time to overhaul the offensive line was in the offseason. What can they do now? The Bears chose to spend their money on Peppers, Taylor and Manumaleuna. Two of the three are very good players, so it's hard to fault them for going after Peppers and Taylor. Chris Williams was a first round pick. Omiyale was a priority free agent in 2009. These are the guys they wanted. Now the Bears are simply forced to deal with it.

Gus (Virginia)

why can't we throw quick passes like hasselbeck did yesterday?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:12 PM)

Because Hasselbeck is a very smart, savy veteran QB who knows excactly where his group of non-descript WRs will be on every single play. Hasselbeck is a professional.

lance (Hoffman Estates, Il)

Hey Jeff do you believe that the Bears will still win 10 games and make the playoffs or is this season a lost cause with not making the playoffs?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:14 PM)

The Bears could finish 10-6 or 6-10. That's how unpredictable the NFC is this year. Here is what we know about the Bears; they are an average team. However, they have shown the ability to play good games, but also the ability to play awful games. It's going to be up and down every week,at least that's my prediction. But a playoff berth is not out of the question because everybody else is in the same boat.

Chris (Hinsdale)

What is Lovie going to do to get the offensive line going? We cant have our QB getting hit like that every week or we're in trouble

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:16 PM)

Chris -- Lovie isn't going to do a thing about the offensive line. That job falls in the laps of Mike Tice and Mike Martz. It's critical those two work together and devise a gameplan that compensates for the lack of experience/chemistry up front. Here's a novel idea: RUN THE FOOTBALL. But Tice doesn't call the plays.

JT (Nashville, TN)

Why is Kevin Shaffer riding the pine when Tice said he was our most consistent OL last year and what kind of probability do you put behind the Bears getting someone like Mankins from New England?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:19 PM)

I think Tice was bending the truth. Shaffer is a decent backup swing tackle, but they realy love J'Marcus Webb. However, Webb looked lost out there yesterday, so I wouldn't close the book on Shaffer -- or anybody else for that matter -- getting a shot to start again this year at some point. I don't see the Bears making a move for a great offensive lineman, just my opinion.

Mark (Aurora)

Jeff-Seems to me that the Bears are totally misusing Chester Taylor. I know Forte has shown signs of brilliance, but looking back at how Minnesota used him was much more effective than how the Bears do. How can we get him more involved?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:21 PM)

Mark -- I could not agree more. Taylor is an excellent player, and the fact Martz can't find a way to get him and Forte more involved in the offense is stunning. Isn't he supposed to be some genius? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize Taylor and Forte are two of the most talented skill position players on the roster. USE THEM.

Jessie (Chicago)

So is it that hard to use your tight ends to help with blocking so your Qb does not get crush.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:22 PM)

Only if the tight ends can block. Paging Desmond Clark........

Sonny (Chicago)

Ummm..... Old Cutler is back, he played a tiny bit better then Collins. How many more games like this will Cutler have this season, I'm going with at least five. How about you

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:23 PM)

I'd say 5 more terrible games, and 5 more really good games. Hopefully that's enough for the Bears to make the playoffs.

joel (chicago)

is williams a bust yet? he didnt look all that great in his comeback from injury.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:24 PM)

That's tough to say Joel. I didn't notice any glaring problems with Williams yesterday, but it's tough for the average fan to properly judge guard play since it all takes place inside.

Albert (Schaumburg)

It seems like Jay was frustrated with getting the plays called to him in a timely fashion. Does Jay just take this into his own hands and "audible" a play (which I heard is something he is not allowed to do) or do the Bears continue to waste their timeouts because they don't seem to be prepared?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:26 PM)

That's a problem Albert. The Bears need to find a way to improve the communication from Martz to Shane Day (QB coach) to Cutler. This has been a problem for Cutler since he got here in 2009 and Pep Hamilton was on the headset sending in the calls. The Bears could've used those two timeouts at the end of the game.

Devin Hester (Chicago)

I guess I'll have to step up my return game and carry the team for the remainder of the season!

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:26 PM)

Please do.

Mo (Chicago)

Chris Williams still going to stay at guard? Could he really be worse than Omiyale and Webb? Yikes.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:27 PM)

That really says something, doesn't it? That's why I was so shocked the Bears pulled the plug on Williams at tackle. Maybe they revisit that conversation after yesterday's loss.

The Sane Madman (Bears Nation) [via mobile]

Lovie, Martz, and Angelo must go. That is all.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:28 PM)

The Bears are 4-2. Give it a little time.

Ben (Baton Rouge, LA)

Did the defense get exposed yesterday? They seemed lost and disinterested like the rest of the team. Was it just a matter of being outcoached, along with Briggs being out?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:29 PM)

I'm glad you brought up the defense, Ben. I don't think they were exposed per say, but there was zero pass rush. Zero. And that killed them. I don't think Brian Iwuh played poorly in place of Briggs, but when the front four can't generate any pressure, the Bears are in trouble.

tony (florida)

Jay Cutler has been sacked 15 times in the last 6 quarters,he has the right to hang his head.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:31 PM)

But Tony, he can't go into the tank. He didn't look interested yesterday. Just my opinion. I have no idea what goes on inside that guys head. Nobody does.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:31 PM)

But Tony, he can't go into the tank. He didn't look interested yesterday. Just my opinion. I have no idea what goes on inside that guys head. Nobody does.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:31 PM)

But Tony, he can't go into the tank. He didn't look interested yesterday. Just my opinion. I have no idea what goes on inside that guys head. Nobody does.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:32 PM)

But Tony, he can't go into the tank. He didn't look interested yesterday. Just my opinion. I have no idea what goes on inside that guys head. Nobody does.

Tony (Chicago)

JD - The Bears confuse me week in and week out. It seemed like they made adjustments against Dallas after a tough start, and the same in Carolina, running the ball because of a non-existent passing game. Why didn't we run the ball more, set up screens or short crosses against Seattle? It just seemed like Martz was married to his gameplan and Cutler was going to hold on to the ball forever. What gives?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:35 PM)

DJ, I agree Cutler gets a pass (he probably has his whole life). But here are the facts; Cutler has amazing talent. But it takes more than talent to be a great NFL QB. There are certain things called leadership, preparation, intelligence and perseverance. Based on what I've seen from Cutler after 22 games in a Bears' uniforms, he comes up way short in several of those departments.

Eli (Chicago)

I'm not going to blast Mike Martz for BEING Mike Martz. He is who we thought he was. Isn't this simply on Lovie for hiring Martz and not intervening on the offensive play calling when needed?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:36 PM)

Everybody else turned down the job.

Gus (Virginia)

Cutler doesn't look right. how did he look in practice? he missed wide open throws. do you think he is afraid in the pocket?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:38 PM)

Gus -- Practice is closed to the media. All we get to see are the first ten minutes of individual drills. Cutler looked confused yesterday. Like he had no idea what Seattle was doing on defense.

Rodney (Indianapolis)

with only 14 rushes yesterday, and after coming off a big win against carolina last week, do you think it will finally sink in with martz that you really do have to run the ball, not just say your getting off the buss running

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:40 PM)

I'm cool with passing to set up the run....but you have to run in certain situations. I believe that situation was yesterday when the Bears repeatedly showed they were incapable of picking up the Seattle pressure.

Raul (Yorkville)

How can you say cutler had a bad game? did he throw even 1 interception? what you need to look at is the calls being called. Interceptions are a sign of a failing quarterback, but when you throw no tds nor any interceptions and throw as many times as cutler did, how can you say cutler had a bad game?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:41 PM)

Are you serious, Raul? He should've had at least three of four of those passes picked off yesterday. He was throwing into double and triple coverage. When he wasn't, the ball was sailing 15 yards over the receivers heads. Don't fall in love with stats. Use your eyes.

Jim (Lake Villa)

So the Bears let Alex Brown go because they were going to develop Mark Anderson, yet, now the Bears let Anderson go due to poor performance. Hmmmm, the Bears organization is starting to compare to the Cubs organization, full of mysteries and lies. When will someone be held accountable for these poor decisions? I'd take Alex Brown on the other side of Peppers any day of the week. Thanks...............YET AGAIN JERRY ANGELO!!!

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:42 PM)

The Bears will regret releasing Alex Brown the entire season.

Jonny Bananas (SIU)

Why did the DB's make Mike williams look like Calvin Johnson?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:44 PM)

That was crazy? Mike Williams??? The Bears lack of a pass rush certainly help out the Seattle WRs and Hasselbeck, but Tillman had a rough game. I still can't believe Mike Williams lit them up.

Alex (Charleston, SC)

whoa quadruple post. use the internet much JD?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:46 PM)

Ha. My internet connection is playing tricks on my posting ability. I had no idea since it didn't show up on the transcript at the bottom of my page. Sorry about that.

Rodney (Indianapolis)

Was it just me, or every time a camera paned to Peppers, he had his head down. Its just something new i'm used to seeing him smiling and playing with alot of confidence. Do you think something is wrong physically?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:48 PM)

I think he was just frustrated. Bad day for everybody on the defensive line, except maybe for Toeaina, who did give Matt Hasselbeck a sweet body slam at one point.

Jacob (Cedar Park, TX)

Jeff, any chance if Cutler does not improve in the next few games, we see Hanie given a shot? Just from the few times he has been given the opportunity, he has made plays and has shown the moxy of a real QB.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:50 PM)

Jacob, that would be a tough one for the Bears to swallow. I mean, making tough decisions with Mark Anderson, Zack Bowman, Tommie Harris (at this stage of his career) is one things, but Cutler, after they gave up all those draft picks and paid him all that money. I don't know, that would be a stretch.

Jeff (Chicago)

If you didn't know it to be true, would you believe an NFL offense could ever possibly go 3 for 40 in third down conversions? I would not.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:50 PM)

No. That is amazing. Amazing.

DEZ CLARK (HALAS HALL)

CAN A BROTHER GET A SNAP? I CAN'T BE WORSE THAN THESE THREE JAMOKES IN FRONT OF ME RIGHT?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:52 PM)

Right.

Dan (River North)

JD, we stunk on offense and defense yet we still had the chance to win. CLOCK MANAGEMENT!!! The Bear under Lovie have always been poor with their timeouts and clock management. Has this been a topic of conversation up at Halas Hall?

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:55 PM)

Yes. It's been a problem since Lovie got here in 2004. But I don't blame Lovie for burning those two timeouts early in the second half yesterday, that's on Martz and the offense for not being able to get their act together. But still, the Bears are always at a disadvantage when it comes to clock management.

barry (chicago)

How about WR running wrong routes and not getting open? easy to blame Cutler for holding onto the ball, but who is he going to thrwo to? Johnny Knox running wrong routes and turning into coverage instead of away? Knox makes alot of wrong reads as do all the WR's.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:57 PM)

Barry -- You're right. I'm not blaming Cutler for all the problems on offense. Receivers have been in the wrong spots on quite a few occassions this year.

Bobby (Vegas)

How much longer will this Cutler-Martz honeymoon last? Martz continually praises Cutler for being intelligent and talented and this and that, but after the NY/ Seattle games I'd think credibility is going to become an issue for these two..

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:58 PM)

The honeymoon will last as long as the Bears win. I think we all knew that despite the nonsense spewed this summer in Bourbonnais. But...the Bears are 4-2...it's NOT time to cancel the season here guys.

Jurko
  (12:59 PM)

I don't understand what's happened with this OL. Olin Kreutz wants to blame himself and that's fine if he wants to take the hit, but anytime you slide protect, the RB is involved. And if you're sliding to the right, even if the RB is lined up to the right, he has to cross formation and get to that blitzer. Looked to me like every time they were sliding, the RB was on the wrong side. When you slide protect, you're protecting with six people. Yesterday, you had four blocking one side and two blocking the other. That's where problem lies with OL and RB.

Jeff Dickerson
  (12:59 PM)

Thanks everybody. Jurko is up next to answer more questions. Always a pleasure. Talk to you next Monday.

Reality (Chicago)

Let's not over-react. The Bears have only lost twice this year (in 6 games), and had a chance to win both of those games (despite playing horribly).

Jurko
  (1:00 PM)

The mistakes they're making are correctable, but we keep seeing them over and over again. At this point, I believe there's a lack of either skill or intelligence on the OL. Either way, you can't have a successful passing or running game.

Bill (Southington, CT)

While Corey Graham has been outstanding on special teams, why is he never used on defense? It almost seems that Lovie doesn't like him, but he played well at CB a couple of years ago.

Jurko
  (1:02 PM)

Corey Graham has fallen out of favor, for whatever reason. Once Lovie doesn't like you, you're done. Danieal Manning was lost in the defensive secondary, too, just to say. He's like that kid distracted by shiny lights, and as soon as you throw a receiver in front of him, he forgets about his responsibilities. He gets preoccupied with things he shouldn't be concerned about.

Frank (Chi)

Is there any tension behind the scenes with the bears offense? It seems like there is absolutely no communication on the field. Seems like there might be some animosity between these players

Jurko
  (1:03 PM)

When somebody says something, you have to be able to react. There's communication all the time on the field. I think there's an inability to pick things up. Guys get zeroed in, tunnelvision and don't adapt well to changes.

Ricky (Waukegan)

Hey Jurko, i dont see how hard it is for these tackles to take that outside blitzer...Is that a slide protection Kreutz needs to be calling at the line? I dont know about you but the tackles left Cutler out to dry!

Jurko
  (1:04 PM)

The problem with this OL don't begin and end with Olin making the call. The other guys have to pick it up, and that includes Forte.

Kenneth (Shreveport)

How do you feel about Mike Ditka being the Bears next GM?

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

At this point in his career, he should stick to game analysis, and selling the Ditka brand.

Brandon (Scottsdale, AZ)

When you watch other quarterbacks you see them pointing out where the pressure is so the lineman, running backs, and tight ends can pick up the blitz, is it just me or does it seem like cutler has no idea where the pressure is coming from?

Jurko
  (1:05 PM)

It seems to me that he's stuck in the Martz offense and is doing what Martz wants, and at the end of the day it's going to get him killed.

Jason (Oregon, IL)

Jurko, I see alot of holding going on in the NFL this year and Peppers is getting his jersey practically ripped off his back every play. Are refs blind?...or protecting the QB's too much?

Jurko
  (1:06 PM)

Holding is not holding in the NFL. As long as you have your hands within your frame, it's not holding. Maybe the question is why can't the Bears can't get to the quarterback. Everyones gets to our quarterback.

Ricky (Savannah)

whenever they show cutler on the sidelines he is being quiet. does he EVER talk to his teamates? have you ever seen him fired up?

Jurko
  (1:08 PM)

Yeah, when he went flying over the pile to get a first down in previous games. Yeah, I've seen him fired up. Brett Favre and mark Brunell used to come to the sidelines, get on the corner of teh bench closer to the Gatorade, and communicate with the OC, QB coach and other QB. The receviers talk to the recievers coach, the OL with the OL coach. They put everything together that way.

Jerry (Athens)

Why do the Bears make 2nd and 3rd string players starters?They are down there for a reason.....

Jurko
  (1:09 PM)

Second and third teamers ultimately could develop into starters. That's what they're on the team for.

Jeff (Chi)

Jurk- seems to me the Bears are a bad team that is pretending to be a good one. The wins have come against GB, DET, CAR, DAL, none of whom have winning records, and their losses come against NYG and SEA (both .500 or better). With a defense whose philosophy relies on turnovers (a seemingly random statstic year to year), and an offense that can't consistently protect the QB or create holes for the run game, why should Chicago be optimistic? Additionally, is there any hope that the Bears will clean house if these results continue or are we doomed to McCasky nepotism?

Jurko
  (1:11 PM)

Nothing is going to happen until they find out what's going to happen with 2011. No coaching moves. Nobody is being fired until they figure out 2011. If they can't figure out OL problems, which are easily fixable, then ultimately the coaches will be fired because they can't win enough games.

Dan (River North)

Jurk, do you have any interest in getting involved on the coaching side of the game? I think you have a great gig on the radio and would imagine it would be hard to walk away from.

Jurko
  (1:12 PM)

I've got kids. That's the only thing that ever stopped me from coaching. I've had opportunities to coach, but do not want to move my family all over the place.

Bobby (Vegas)

Just listened to Ditka saying how Lovie needs to step in and set the tone for Martz, Tice, etc. Any chance he does that?

Jurko
  (1:12 PM)

You would hope he would after getting slaughtered way the OL got slaughtered. I'd be sitting with the OC and saying why don't we have three guys on one side and three on the other.

Esteban (Cedar Park Tx)

Hey Jurko do you see the Bears game planning to neutralize the Washington pass rush all week they have a good D on paper but let like 30 points a game go

Jurko
  (1:13 PM)

I would hope they would be able to come together.. to me the communication has to get better and the undestanding of what's being communicated has to get better. Landry's aggressiveness can be taken advantage of.

Tom (Northbrook)

We need less four wide formations, and more protection schemes on passing downs. Martz needs to stop trying to put the square peg in the round hole!

Jurko
  (1:15 PM)

That's not the problem. The problem is not understanding what Olin is calling. He's calling the protection and that has to be repeated to everybody. Once the players receive information, it's incumbent to do what he says.

Paulie Walnuts (Chicago)

Good Kid, dust off those pads so you can play some offensive tackle next Sunday. Feel free to play a little wide out while you're there too. Maybe you can show these guys how to run a route other than a fly pattern

Jurko
  (1:16 PM)

The coach said it best when he said these guys need to know how to count. That's all OL play is. I'm not going to blame Webb. Looks like they had a slide call and he slid down, and there has to be a RB off his shoudler to pick up the blitz. I don't believe anybody even Martz as arrogant as he is, nobody designs a protection to leave the back side of your QB unprotected like that.

Gary (Washington D.C)

do you think shanahan is licking his chops getting ready to face his former qb?

Jurko
  (1:17 PM)

I think they had a great relationship, but if anybody knows the shortcomings for Cutler, I think most obviously it would be Shanahan.

Corey (Denver)

Why does Charles Tillman always seem like he is falling down? Does he need new cleats or is he just being worked over by the WR's?

Jurko
  (1:18 PM)

That's balanced and how you play over your cleats. If you had better balance, he'd play over his cleats better.

The Sane Madman (Bears Nation) [via mobile]

Sir Jurko. Hello. I'm basically at a loss for words with this team as usual. Although we are 4-2, we are poorly coached, reeked with politics (no way in HELL anyone can defend Manning starting at any safety position, Dez Clark not playing when he's the best TE, Chester Taylor not seeing the field more, et al), emotionally controlled rather than what's simple football to fight for our best chances of success... I can go on. People scream we're 4-2 but damn. We all see the mediocrity and the fruition of it. The trinity of trifling: Angelo, Lovie, Martz. This is past disgusting and I'm watching a 8-8 team at best. Your thoughts and insight? Let's hear them.

Jurko
  (1:19 PM)

You tabbed Manning to a T. He looks lost at times, especially in coverage. Not that he would have helped Peanut make the play in the corner of the end zone.

Frankie (Cleveland)

Hey Jurk, so IF you were coaching the Bears, with all of the problems we see, Cutler holding on too long, WRs in the wrong spot, comunication issues, perhaps even a lack of talent on the line, what can be done? how do we shore these things up? is some of it play-calling (dumb it down, run the ball) to cover the short-comings? is there anything that can help the communication?

Jurko
  (1:21 PM)

Keep it simple stupid. KISS. that's what they say in the NFL when you've got guys who can't handle the information. Have to simplify the gameplan. May not like it, but what's worse, guys screwing up and not adjusting? Or the fact you don't have a full arsenal of plays. And I haven't exonoerated Cutler. He's got fault in this too, but not as much as everything else going on.

Tim (Lansing, IL)

Can the Bears offensive line be fixed this offseason or is it going to be a long rebuilding process?

Tony (Minnesota)

Do you think bootlegs and rolling pockets would help with the sacks or would that just limit the field?

Jurko
  (1:23 PM)

I think it limits your field and where you can throw to. I don't mind the throwback screen, and your QB has a strong enough arm to get the ball deep.

Jurko
  (1:24 PM)

As for the other question, you just need more talent at the OL. Doesn't necessarily have to be young talent through the draft. But Tate, a young Garza, Ruben Brown, all guys that played pretty good for a while. I'd prefer the draft, but then you end up with a Chris Williams.

Robert (Lake Forest)

Started to see a little more agitation from Lovie during yesterday's post game conference, it was nice wasn't it?

Jurko
  (1:26 PM)

You don't have to be an idiot to see something was woefully wrong with the way the OL was doing things. 99.9 percent of me believes it was not Mike Martz or Mike Tice game planning, but it was a miscommunication between the offensive linemen and the RB.

papa (branson)

Jurko, can you please enlighten me why the o line cant engauge the defensive line on pass plays like they do on run plays? Just line up and hit them then cutler can have a little more room in the pocket and make his reads instead of the o line running backwords trying to block somebody.

Jurko
  (1:27 PM)

San Francisco used to have that West Coast system where they would take you on at the line of scrimmage. Problem is, if you whiff, they're on your quarterback. When you're aggressive and the attacker, you can be sidestepped, and most OL philosophy you try to make the other guy beat you. The OL wins in a stalemate. And that's all your asking for.

Sean (Seattle)

As a Seahawk fan, that was amazing. We haven't mustered a hint of a pass rush on the road all year, and we spent all day in your backfield. Also, we were missing our best DL as well. Good luck the rest of the year... I hope the Bears coaching staff gets Cutler moving out of the pocket, or he will be in a bodybag.

Jurko
  (1:28 PM)

Worry about winning the NFC West. You've made 234 changes, and you'll probably have to make another 100 to think about making the playoffs. Have a cup of coffee for me.

Nathan (Coralville, IA)

Because of how specifically this team is built--Tampa 2 defense, Martz/Coryell pass-happy offense--is this team going to be gutted if they have to get a new coach and GM?

Jurko
  (1:29 PM)

They only play Tampa 2 about 30 percent of the time. You know what I saw around the league yesterday? Tampa 2 being played. It's one of about 12 coverages. DeSean Jackson scored a TD against the Tampa 2 yesterday. It's being played boys, get used to it.

joel (chicago)

what are the odds we learn from our mistakes and turn this ship around and become dominant in all 3 phases at once by the back half of the season?

Jurko
  (1:30 PM)

I don't know if you can make people smarter than they are. But by repetition, one can be conditioned to do something that he may not do naturally.

Shane (LG)

What do you think of Urlacher's play so far this season?

Jurko
  (1:31 PM)

Near Pro Bowl level. Not as dominant as he's been in the past, but you would definitely miss him the way you missed Briggs yesterday.

James (Wolcott Indiana)

Listened to the game on the radio, Tom Thayer made it sound like our blitzers were trying to bring Hasselback down instead of hit him (fearing the tough nfl rules on hits to QBs)Was it like he described it? If the rule wasn't made tougher, would the blitzers had sacks yesterday under old rules?

Jurko
  (1:31 PM)

Toeiana is the only one who got pressure that I saw, and Hasselbeck dumped the ball. You have to trap the throwing arm. If you don't get the throwing arm, he's going to dump the ball off.

Dave (Normal, IL)

Jurko, was it just me or did you also find Earl Bennett's decleating of John Ryan more entertaining than Devin Hester's return?

Jurko
  (1:32 PM)

That was one hell of a shot. Bennett made sure to get the shoulder in there, and it was good see that long-haired guy get his butt kicked.

James (Wolcott Indiana)

There has to be some O-linemen out there looking for work, after all the sack total can't get worse by doing so.Tony Ugoh (dropped by Indy) comes to mind.

Jurko
  (1:33 PM)

He's supposed to be the replacement out there at LT. If you can't play in that offensive lineman friendly system, what makes you think he'll succeed in Martz's block till you drop offense.

Tim (Lansing, IL)

Was Julius Peppers worth the money so far?

Jurko
  (1:33 PM)

Yes, but he had his worst game.

Jurko
  (1:34 PM)

You have to hope for the OL to understand what they're doing for this thing to get turned around. Next week, McNabb's homecoming will be a good one for him if the Bears don't do something. Thanks for all the great questions. Tune into the Afternoon Saloon on ESPN 1000 at 2 p.m. CT and I'll be back in the chat room on Thursday.