Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! Former NFL veteran and ESPN 1000 co-host of "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" John "Jurko" Jurkovic stops by Wednesday to chat.
Jurko played in the NFL for 10 seasons, including stops with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Send your questions now and join the chat Wednesday at noon CT/1 p.m. ET!
Jurko (1:00 PM)
Good bye week for the Bears. The Vikings lost and the Bears find themselves alone in first. The Bears are now in a must-win situation on Monday night.
Jeremy (chicago) [via mobile]
Do you think this game will determine rather the bears are legit superbowl contenders
Jurko (1:01 PM)
It will help. It won't kill you if you lose the game. They are at home on Monday night and Lovie is 8-2 on MNF, and Cutler is 5-1. I like the Bears' chances in front of the Soldier Field crowd.
Mike (Green Bay)
I know that Bennett and Jeffery are very different types of receivers. With both having injury issues, which one would you say is more important for the Bears to have on the field?
Jurko (1:03 PM)
I think Alshon is more important. He has established himself as the man opposite Marshall. If both are gone it's problematic.
Mike (Green Bay)
Will Chris Williams get another starting job anywhere?
Jurko (1:04 PM)
Teams will certainly take a look at him. He was still graded out as a first-round talent by 31 other teams. Why it didn't work here is not the problem of other teams. They will get a guy who started at a good price. I was surprised they couldn't trade him for a seventh-rounder.
mo homer glen [via mobile]
Do you agree with the bears decision to cut Chris Williams?
Jurko (1:05 PM)
Absolutely. A new GM is not married to the guy. Emery wanted to see if he could re-establish himself and he showed zero interest in doing that and was beaten out by Webb.
How concerned are you about the loss of Alshon Jeffrey? I am worried defenses will focus fully on Marshall limiting any big play potential. Bennett can help move the chains, but Hester is not a true deep threat to demand defense attention
Jurko (1:05 PM)
Kellen Davis will have to step up and you will see more Forte out of the backfield.
will, chicago [via mobile]
Can the bears make the superbowl with a healthy offense playing consistently and a healthy Brian U at mid wind, with a top 5 defense.
Jurko (1:07 PM)
I'd say that's a recipe for success. Can they do it when everybody is healthy? Sure. As long as there are no injuries down the line. Who's going to get hurt.
Mike (Green Bay)
Any idea what the issue is with Carimi? Is it the knee or the time off or something else?
Jurko (1:07 PM)
It's the knee and the longer we go into the season the more it will become a problem. The aches and pains will last longer during the year. His lower half is not the most structurally sound lower half in the game.
Pete (Mosinee Wi)
Hey Jurko, love your work keep of those tee shirt wednesdays! Just wondering if you think what we saw from the packers on sunday night should be of great concern for my bears. I am worried that the packers have got their offensive line figured out and that could mean bad things for da bears! what do you think?
Jurko (1:08 PM)
The Packers put a game together. They put 15 of them together and it meant nothing come playoff time. All you want to do is qualify for the postseason. If you get a bye good for you. We'll see what they do this week.
Forte hasn't really exploded in a game like we can expect. Is there any reason for this other than it just hasn't happened yet?
Jurko (1:11 PM)
I'd say it just hasn't happened yet. I had a feeling Marshall would emerge and become the target of Cutler. Now with Jeffery down and more coverage going to Marshall you will have to rely on Forte more. All it will take is a few big runs and people will forget. I love him no matter what.
Hester does not look like the dangerous returner he once was. Are the years in the league catching up to him, or is he not as fearless as he once was because he wants the be a "wideout"?
Jurko (1:12 PM)
I don't think his blockers in front are as good as they once were. It used to be clear sailing for him. When the guys block life is easier for Hester. There's no Tim Shaw for him. They are trying to re-train these kids to be decent blockers. He's getting smacked in the face pretty quickly. But he has been brought down by a punter or kicker than any other returner.
David (Washington, DC)
I love seeing the Cutler/Marshall tandem continue to gel and become like it was in Denver. However, is the number of times Cutler targets Marshall and not other receivers a cause for concern?
Jurko (1:14 PM)
Marshall is a stud. He's a No. 1, a luxury Bears fans are not too familiar with so embrace him and his excellence. But sometimes a defense dictates that you can't go to your stud so the others have to win their battles and get open. Yes, you can be too reliant on a WR.
What do you think are the chances of the bears d line rattling up stafford this week? i think they really need to otherwise i feel megatron might have a big day! ur thoughts?
Jurko (1:15 PM)
Megatron has only had mild success against the Bears. Nine games he averages 75 yards a game and has scored four TDs. Not exaclty blowing you out of the water. But yes, pressure on Stafford will limit the success of the offense.
vipal roseville ca [via mobile]
Y was angelo more successfull in later rounds? What's the difference in evaluation between rounds?
Jurko (1:17 PM)
He was better at drafting defense so his ability to identify defensive skill was much better. That is why he was successful in the mid rounds finding defensive players. Tillman and Briggs were latter round picks who turned into gems. But he had horrible misses.
What do you expect from Cutler on Monday Night coming off the bye week? We all know he has had trouble in the past against teams on Monday Night as well as coming off a bye week.
Jurko (1:19 PM)
If there is a ton of pressure he will struggle. The challenge for Tice is to protect Cutler and allow him to flourish and then he will be happy on Tuesday with Waddle & Silvy.
Mike (Oak Lawn)
Have Conte and Wright really improved this much or is their elevated play more a result of the great pressure the D lineman are getting?
Jurko (1:23 PM)
Safeties are responsible for the deep portion of the field. He is the person of last resort to stop the chaos. If a play goes 70-plus yards, whatever happens anywhere else, the safety is reposinbile. The Bears have not given up big plays like they did against the Saints last year and against Detroit last year. When a long play is executed against the Bears that's the safeties' faul because they are the position of last resort. They need to limit bad plays by what happens in front of them. The D-line providing pressure on the QB has made everyone's job a lot easier. That's why championship teams are won on the lines and it doesn't hurt to have a great QB.
Reggie (at work)
Detroit has no running game. Should it be easier for the Bears to lock down their passing attempts? How does a team like Detroit still manage som much through the air when every team knows what they're doing?
Jurko (1:25 PM)
Here's the dilemma: You have to concentrate on the pass but you can't forget about the run. The draw can kill you. And screens can kill you. There's a lot of different types of screens and they are dangerous against a team that can rush the QB. And I consider the screen a run.
Why not sign Plax to a one year deal? I understand there is a possibility he might cause problems and he's getting old but is it really not even worth a try? He has to be a better option than picking up Brody Eldridge to play backup TE/FB.
Jurko (1:26 PM)
No Plaxico. No TO. No Chad Johnson. No has-been WR past his prime. I am not interested. To all Bears fans, no, no, no.
Ben (Kalamazoo, MI)
Even though Houston and Chicago play different style defenses, I'd say they're in the same tier. That being said, who has the better offense? These two were my Super Bowl picks and I'm sticking with them.
Jurko (1:28 PM)
The defenses were similar until Cushing got hurt. I think the Bears are better now. With the Texans' balanced attack I think their offense is a smidge better because of that balance. But I assume Andre Johnson wil lget hurt at some point.
Jurko (1:29 PM)
The Bears hit the bye at the right time. They will be primed for a great performance on Monday and I am convinced they will win 31-17 and my headline will read The Bears cage the Lions on the lakefront. Bears!