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September 10, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Jeff Dickerson

ESPN 1000
  (1:34 PM)

Hey Guys-Keep the questions coming -- JD will be in the chat soon!

Collin (Sioux Falls, SD)

Any word on the severity of Charles Tillman's leg injury?

ESPN 1000
  (1:38 PM)

No official word yet. But Lovie said he's a "glass half-full guy" and he's optimistic Tillman will practice one of these days leading up to the Packers game. But in reality, the short turnaround might make it tough for Tillman to be ready to go on Thursday.

Cody Seelhoefer (Bartelso, IL)

Jeff,What were your thoughts on the way the O-Line performed yesterday, in particular the all important LT spot occupied by Webb?

ESPN 1000
  (1:40 PM)

I think Webb did a respectable job in the first game of the season. I didn't notice any glaring weaknesses. Of course it helped out the Bears tremendously that Dwight Freeney left the game with an injury. But all things considered I feel it was a good start for Webb and the O-line.

malcolm (chicago)

do you thhink henry melton was a fluke or a sign of things to come?

ESPN 1000
  (1:41 PM)

He had 7 sacks last year, so he's not a fluke. The issue with Melton has never been his talent or athleticism, it's simply a matter of getting him to play more consistent every week. He had a huge game week 1 last year against Atlanta. So it's unfair to call him a one-hit wonder.

Jeff (Norcal)

Is Forte really that bad on the goal line? He seems to break tackles all the time. What gives?

ESPN 1000
  (1:42 PM)

I don't think is necessarily bad on the goal line carries. I just think Michael Bush has a knack for scoring TDs, and he's a big guy that runs hard, and that's why they want to give him the ball in the red zone.

Corey (Denver)

It would seem foolish to assume that Rodgers and company would be shut down for a second straight week. I smell a potential shoot out.

ESPN 1000
  (1:44 PM)

I am 100% on board with that. In fact, I think the total will be above 65. This game is going to come down to which offense makes the fewest mistakes. Both these defenses are a little on the suspect side. So there will be plenty of points.

ESPN 1000
  (1:44 PM)

I am 100% on board with that. In fact, I think the total will be above 65. This game is going to come down to which offense makes the fewest mistakes. Both these defenses are a little on the suspect side. So there will be plenty of points.

Will (New York)

Evan Rodriguez looked to have had a great day even though he didn't touch the ball. Can we expect him to fill a lead blocker role vs a Dallas Clark type role moving forward?

ESPN 1000
  (1:45 PM)

I think eventually Rodriguez will be utilized in the passing game. And who knows -- that could even happen against the Packers because Kyle Adams is dealing with a shoulder injury. But good catch, because Rodriguez did block well yesterday. And he looks like he's going to turn out to be an excellent player. He could be a steal for a 4th round pick.

Dan (DC)

Sure, Urlacher wasn't at his best. Should we assume this has to do with being out of rhythm while recovering from his most recent surgery, or do we assume the worst and see this as the new Urlacher after his knee injury suffered at the end of last season? Basically, do you see him improving from his performance and he conditions more, or was it a poor showing do to his weakened knee that will be a permanent problem?

ESPN 1000
  (1:47 PM)

No, I think Urlacher will get better every week. I actually wish that they could wait to play the Packers until week 3, because I think that's when they might see the old Urlacher. This quick turnaround will be tough, and Urlacher might have some issues against a high-powered offense. But in no way do I think that Urlacher won't be better than what you just saw in week 1 against the Colts.

Ken (Tempe)

Are the Bears concerned, or are they working on Cutlers targeting of Marshall "Too Much"???

ESPN 1000
  (1:49 PM)

I did think at times yesterday he forced the ball to Marshall. But it is it a bad thing to target a perennial pro-bowl receiver 15 times in the game? there will be times when teams try to take Marshall out of the game plan but the Bears should have an answer with Bennett, Jeffery, Forte, Bush etc. Eventually Cutler will learn to trust Jeffery as much as he trusts Marshall. And when that happens -- look out!

Bob (Tinley Park, IL)

One thing I'd like to see is for Campbell to get a few snaps after a game is out of reach. Do you think Lovie will ever consider that?

ESPN 1000
  (1:50 PM)

It's possible. But generally Lovie likes to play the starting QB the entire game unless it's a complete blowout.

malcolm (chicago)

any chance mcclellin could take over OLB spot opposite Briggs and provide an elite talent to round out our LB core instead of the hunter hillenmeyer's and nick roaches of the world?

ESPN 1000
  (1:51 PM)

Not this year. Maybe down the line McClellin will transition to linebacker, but the Bears have given no hint that is in their plans for the near future.

Corey (Denver)

It's amazing to hear the word "steal" being used with two of our draft picks. (Jeffery, Rodriguez) If McClellin works out this could be a pretty good draft for Emery.

ESPN 1000
  (1:53 PM)

No doubt about it. But don't forget that Brandon Hardin went on IR, and even before he got hurt he did not look like he was in a position to help the team. They also had to cut their 7th round picks. But Rodriguez and Jeffery absolutely look like keepers at this point.

Arthur (Portland)

I fear that yesterday was a little bit of a fluke game offensively. Indianapolis is known for it's two-headed monster in Mathis/Freeney and that tenacious line while having a rather weak secondary. Do you think that there's a little bit of false hope? Don't get me wrong, the offense is much improved from last season, but Forte had a big run to contribute to his 80 total yards on the ground, and if Indianapolis had a respectable secondary, Marshall wouldn't have had the ball thrown his way 15 times.

ESPN 1000
  (1:54 PM)

I don't think the Bears will score 40+ points every week, but you can't deny the weapons they have on offense. I think there will be some games where the offense will have to bail out the defense, something we've never seen in Chicago. More times than not I feel Bears fans will be happy with what they see from an offensive standpoint.

Jay (Wisconsin)

Which player impressed you the most in yesterdays game?

ESPN 1000
  (1:55 PM)

Tim Jennings. Amazing how good of a cornerback he can be when he actually catches the football.

Zach (Chicago)

So, if Tillman is out, who is our 4th CB? Do we even play with 4 on the field, or do we keep out the nickel, even if 4 WRs are out there?

ESPN 1000
  (1:56 PM)

If Tillman doesn't play and Hayden starts with Moore as the nickel back. The only thing that changes is Hayden.

Eddie (Northbrook)

JD, who is your pick to win on Thursday and your predicted score?

ESPN 1000
  (1:57 PM)

I'm going Bears 38, Packers 35.

Jeff (Norcal)

How might Tice's game plan change this week against GB?

ESPN 1000
  (1:58 PM)

I don't think it changes a whole lot. I think they want to have a good balance and test Green Bay's secondary. The keys will be the Bears winning the turnover battle and their ability to protect Jay Cutler.

Tyler (Mizzou)

Can we please get rid of Hester? He no longer has the magic he used to have, and he runs side to side rather than down the field. He often loses yards as opposed to gains them. He's also not much help offensively either. Sell him while he has the name value. Give Weems a shot to return kicks/punts, he's also a specialist in that regard.

ESPN 1000
  (2:00 PM)

Hester has value. His mere presence alone helps the Bears get better field position. He will eventually break a few long returns and he's carving out a nice role for himself on offense and doesn't need to be one of the featured weapons. Just try to get him the ball 5 or 6 times per game. There is more value retaining Devin Hester than you would get in return for trading him.

Arthur (Portland)

With an aging Tillman and Urlacher, and Briggs looking more and more inefficient as time wares on, do you think the Bears try to find a corner-stone defensive piece this off-season? They don't really have any building blocks aside for their line.

ESPN 1000
  (2:02 PM)

I think the Bears should definitely try to sign Cliff Avril this offseason. Easiest way to fix an aging defense is to add another pass rusher on the D-line. If Avril is available the Bears should go for him. And Briggs is in no way ineffective. He might be poised for the best year of career.

ESPN 1000
  (2:03 PM)

Thanks for all the questions. Follow me on Twitter @ESPNChiBears and Michael Wright @mikecwright for the latest Bears news.