Chat with Dickerson, Jurkovic
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Jeff Dickerson kicks things off from 11 a.m.-noon; Jurko wraps it up from noon-12:30 p.m. (All times CT.)
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Jeff Dickerson (12:03 PM)
Wow. That was ugly yesterday. Good news, however, is that the Bears still have a great shot to win their division. But is there anybody out there who doesn't think New England is the best team in the NFL? Let's get after it.
Jamie (Portland, OR)
What are the chances the Bears missing the playoffs this year? If they do will Lovie keep his job?
Jeff Dickerson (12:05 PM)
I still feel the Bears have a great shot to make the playoffs, because they control their own destiny with two division games left vs. Minn and GB. I know this may be tough to accept, but all yesterday proved is that the Bears are not capable of beating the best team in the NFL. Who out there thought the Bears were the best team in the league? Anyone? Of course they're not, but they are good enough to make the postseason in the NFC, and possibly win a game or two. That possibility still exists.
mike (kailua kona hi)
when will we learn that good quarterbacks kill the cover 2, with our players attack attack attack. get rid of lovie's way. please don't him to another contract. i can't take it anymore
Jeff Dickerson (12:08 PM)
The Cover 2 still works if you have the proper players. The Bears were the No. 3 overall defense heading into the New England game. How can you tell me the Cover 2 doesn't work?
Any NFL WR (Opposite Charles Tillman)
Jeff Dickerson (12:10 PM)
Ha Ha. Rough game for Tillman yesterday. He looked pretty beat up afterwards in the postgame locker room. I would not rule out Zack Bowman playing next Monday night versus the Vikings.
JD, 2 players continue to disappoint me and they continue to play every week and stink it up: Peanut Tillman and Brandon Manumane-loser. Will we see any personell changes next week?
Jeff Dickerson (12:13 PM)
Scotty, you might see a change at corner if Tillman can't play or is limited because of injury. As for Manumaleuna, I just can't explain it. Mike Martz is loyal to his guys to a fault. There is absolutely no reason why Manumaleuna should be playing over Desmond Clark. Manumaleuna was a terrible signing - pushed for by Martz - and the Bears are simply compounding the mistake by trotting him out there every week. Just for arguments sake; do you think if Manumaleuna played for the Patriots he'd still be starting? Of course not.
JD: After recovering from the anger/depression induced by the game yesterday, I have come to two realizations. First, we will not have to play the Pats again unless we make the SB (and there are no other teams that good in the NFL right now). Second, after yesterday, the Bears are now in a very good position to make the playoffs and even get a first round bye. Is this a fair reaction once the sting of that terrible loss wears off?
Jeff Dickerson (12:15 PM)
Aaron, we all learned yesterday (if we didn't already know) that the road to the Super Bowl goes thru New England. The Pats are hands down, the best team in the league. Although I like Atlanta, and feel the Saints would be tough to beat in the dome, there isn't a team the caliber of NE in the NFC. Keep that in mind. Yes, the Bears are still in very good shape. The season is not over.
HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT CHICAGO WILL TAKE A WR IN THE FIRST ROUND?
Jeff Dickerson (12:16 PM)
Tim, I believe the Bears need help at offensive and defensive line. That probably ranks ahead of WR in the upcoming draft.
Thoughts on what should happen to the Jets assistant coach, Sal Alosi?
Jeff Dickerson (12:19 PM)
I don't like to see anybody lose their job, but c'mon, that was a high school type move. I view that as a fireable offense.
Will the Bears play the Vikings in Detroit also?
Jeff Dickerson (12:21 PM)
Sam, the feeling at the stadium yesterday was that it would be tough for the city of Minneapolis to lose two home games. If the dome isn't fixed, I think the smart money would be to play the game at the Unversity of Minnesota.
Zach Kolomeir (Montreal, Canada)
Do you think that the team can put this loss to the Patriots behind them and move on to to beat a motivated Minnesota team, or do you think they will falter the rest of the way?
Jeff Dickerson (12:23 PM)
This is a veteran team, so I'd be surprised if they totally fall apart. But....I should point out...that the Bears never truly recovered after getting blown out in Cincy 45-10 last year. They did beat a terrible Browns team at home the following week, but then went on to drop their next four.
Do you think Bears didn't play against Patriots
Jeff Dickerson (12:25 PM)
No. I think the Bears are not a team built to come back after falling behind by a few TDs early in a game. Because when that happens, they are forced to move out of the Cover 2 and play more man, which they did yesterday......and got smoked!!! Plus, when the Bears are down, Cutler gets reckless with the football and that's when the turnovers begin to pile up.
Are the Jets and the Bears that bad, or is New England this good?
Jeff Dickerson (12:26 PM)
New England is that good. But the Jets and Bears did not play their best football, that's for sure.
A lot of people, including Bill Cowher, believe the Bears will lose out and miss the playoffs. Thoughts?
Jeff Dickerson (12:29 PM)
I don't really agree. The Packers have to go on the road to New England, possibly with Matt Flynn as their starting QB. If GB loses, all the Bears need to do is beat the Vikings to win the division. Even if GB somehow wins, a Bears victory over the Vikings still gives the Bears the division tiebreaker over the Packers. So, I'm not sure why Cowher is painting such doom and gloom.
JD-time to hit the panic button after that blowout, or just a elite team doing what they do best?
Jeff Dickerson (12:30 PM)
Elite team, Dan. Can't say it enough. Not time to hit the panic button. But if they lose to the Vikings, then it might be time to hit the panic button. This next game is huge.
How about the Bears going after Mankins this offseason? He threw around our d-line (supposedly one of the best in the league) like they were 40 lbs.
Jeff Dickerson (12:31 PM)
I'd be all for it. The Bears could certainly use an upgrade like Mankins at guard.
It seems like in 2006 the defense tailed off at the end of the season. Do you have these numbers to compare?
Jeff Dickerson (12:34 PM)
Well....the 2006 defense allowed 31 points to Tampa, 21 to Detroit and 26 to Green Bay (the Rex NYE game) in the final three weeks of that regular season. But the Bears did win two of those three matchups.
JD... I was really disappointed in the bears defense inability to make any type of adjustments during the game. I know they're gameplan every week is to line up in that cover-2 and make the other team execute, but once the other team shows that they CAN execute against the zone, don't you have to switch it up and try something different. On a totally seperate note, what are the chances that the game next week will be in Minnesota?
Jeff Dickerson (12:36 PM)
Jay, I don't think they were in Cover 2 much yesterday. When they fell behind big, Lovie was forced to play a lot more man and take more chances, which isn't the Bears strength.
What do you consider as the biggest needs that should be addressed in the off season? 1. O-line2. Safety3. Cornerback
Jeff Dickerson (12:37 PM)
1. O-Line 2. D-Line 3. CBSafety may be an issue if Danieal Manning leaves via free agency.
Do you think Lovie will be given a contract extension, or will he simply keep his job til his current contract expires?
Jeff Dickerson (12:39 PM)
I really think Lovie has done a good job this year, but what is the rush to give him an extension? He still has one year left on his current deal, and he's making pretty good money. I'd much rather see the Bears reward the players for this surprise season. But up til this point, that hasn't happened. Why should Lovie get paid and not the players who are in the final year(s) of their contracts?
If you're Greg Olsen and you see the success of the TEs in New England's offense, how much do you wish you would've been traded to NE in the off-season considering Mad Mike Martz only draws up 2 plays a game that targets Olsen?
Jeff Dickerson (12:42 PM)
No doubt about it. Olsen was looking to get out in the offseason - despite all the false comments made about never wanting to leave the Bears - and NE looked like a natural fit. But leave it to the Pats to pass on Olsen, and then draft two stud TE's in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Amazing. How are those Bears 2010 draft picks doing?
Who would you rather face next week? A reeling injured Brett Favre or a healthy, rusty Tavaris Jackson?
Jeff Dickerson (12:43 PM)
If the game is played outdoors at the U of Minn, I'd rather face a beat up Brett Favre.
Jeremy B. (Edwardsville, IL)
While I understand the criticism that the Cover 2 gets, especially how the gaps look on TV, I don't really understand why everyone thinks they have something figured out when they say that the Cover-2 doesn't work against a great QB. NOTHING works against great QBs. Am I crazy?
Jeff Dickerson (12:44 PM)
Here is the bottom line, Jeremy. If you are going to give Tom Brady five seconds to sit back there and throw the football, he will murder you. The Bears pass rush never really got to Brady, and that's why the Pats offense was able slaughter the Bears D.
How was Johnny Knox?s fumble a fumble? Bad call initially and then an even worse call not overturning it. Seriously, the guy?s toe stopped him from touching the ground. C?MON MAN. I see this around the league where refs are overturning calls less and less on minutiae. Another example, Malcolm Floyd?s TD catch yesterday.
Jeff Dickerson (12:47 PM)
CC - the problem was the official initially ruled the play a fumble, which made it difficult to overturn. I bet if they first called Knox down by contact, the call on the field would have stood, even if the Pats decided to challenge. Bad break for the Bears. On another note, Knox was bad yesterday. He also dropped a ball later in the game. C'Mon man.
Marc (Malden, MA)
Is it the Bears' WRs or the QB? If you put Knox, Bennett, Hester on the Pats, Brady would make them look good.
Jeff Dickerson (12:48 PM)
I guarantee you, Marc, behind this current NE offensive line, Brady would make all of those Bears WRs look good.
Sean (Downers Grove)
JD, since the Bears desperalty need help at offensive line. Is it safe to assume Jerry Angelo will draft 2 defensive lineman and a safetly with the first three picks?
Jeff Dickerson (12:52 PM)
That's awesome. Yeah, Jerry does work in mysterious ways. I hate the phrase "value pick". If have a need, draft to fill the need. I hate projects, because they rarely work out here in Chicago.
steve (hanvoerpark, ill)
okay so the pats are the best team in the nfl, will jay be able to bounce back after a game like that and what happend to the running game?
Jeff Dickerson (12:56 PM)
How about this state; the Bears ran only 42 plays on offense compared to NE's 78. Tough to get the run game going when (1) you're down huge points, and (2) the offense is only on the field for 20:19. I think Jay Cutler can bounce back. But I also think Jay Cutler could throw 5 picks vs. the Vikings. That is the beauty of Jay Cutler.
What are the chances that Jerry Angelo does not look after the draft this year? It was apparent on the weekend what a team the drafts well can do to a team that does not.
Jeff Dickerson (12:59 PM)
The draft is Jerry's baby. If he is the GM, he will be in charge of the draft. The Bears have drafted all terrible players the past few years (Knox, D.J. Moore, Forte, Bennett), but they are not even on the same level as the Pats. Few teams, if any, are in the NFL.
Still Sick (But at Work)
To me, The Johnny Knox fumble was the crushing blow of the game. I know it could have went either way, but I thought he was down, you??
Jeff Dickerson (1:01 PM)
The Knox fumble was huge, but Chris Harris needs to come up with that INT in the endzone, and how does Deion Branch score on that 59 yard pass at the end of the half. Now that was in a Cover 2. Hello, Major Wright, anybody home? C'Mon man.
Jeff Dickerson (1:02 PM)
Thanks everybody. Jurko is up.
Jurko (1:02 PM)
The better team won. When the Bears blitzed, they ran the screen game to the side they blitzed from. Just a thorough butt whipping. Let's get started.
Jacob (Holland, MI)
Lets be honest, do you think the Bears are serious contenders in the NFC to make it to the super bowl? ...and if not what will happen to Lovie?
Jurko (1:03 PM)
If they make the playoffs Lovie is not going anywhere. Secondly, all the Bears have to do is win this week against a Vikings team that is looking for reasons not to play, and the Packers lose probably without Rodgers against New England, and the Bears clinch a playoff spot. Secondly, when you look at NE's OL, that's a legitimate OL. That's what an NFL OL should look like. Not the Bears rag tag unit of misfits.
Paul (New York)
The next 2 games for the Bears are really important, do you think the Bears D will match up well vs the hurting Jets O?
Jurko (1:04 PM)
Yeah, Mark Sanchez stinks. He's the reason the Jets won't win a Super Bowl. The rest of the Jets players are slowly starting to realize it.
Are we giving Brady too much credit as being the best QB or is it just he has a Pro Bowl Offensive Line? I mean if he had the Bears' O-line I bet he would be mediocre at best since he isnt really mobile. Just look at Peyton Manning. Thoughts?
Jurko (1:07 PM)
Does anybody have a problem with the way Peanut Tillman played? Everybody seemed to have decent footing except for him.
Why did it look like the red sea was parting for Green-Ellis on almost every run play? It's one thing for Brady to throw it around on you, as he is one of the best ever. But to have a shot you have to stop the run to make them one dimensional, have to.
Jurko (1:08 PM)
Combination of things: they cracked the seam, they saw where the Bears might be susceptible to the play and the linebackers were trying to run through on the backaside of plays instead of throwing over the top.
Grant (Sioux Falls, SD)
Is J'marcus Webb really the better option over Kevin Schaeffer(sp?)?
Jurko (1:09 PM)
Yes, unfortunately. It's like asking yourself if you want spam or a bowl of ham. Neither is good but one is better than the other.
Jurko (1:11 PM)
Final play of the half: even if you are a corner playing Cover 2 there is concept called deep to short. That means you play the deep route first and break up on the short stuff. Seventy-five percent of the fault lies on Tillman. Wright has some too.
Ben (Baton Rouge, LA)
Why have the Bears built a team that is NOT built for "Bear" weather? For example, a terrible, finesse O-line and an undersized defense? Does any of this make sense?
Jurko (1:12 PM)
Johnny Knox hates cold weather. He looked as uncomfortable as any player I've seen. How does one judge which players can handle adverse conditions? Do you not draft players from USC, Oklahoma, etc. Do you eliminate warm weather guys?
Any bright spots for the Bears yesterday?
Jurko (1:13 PM)
Manning had a nice game. I thought Hester looked mighty fast and it looked like he had solid footwork all day. Taylor looked bad too.
Why does Jay cutler continue to throw into triple coverage when it is clear even to the viewer that he should throw it away. I know the bears were down by a lot of points but it seemed as if the bears had a little momentum before that first interception.
Jurko (1:14 PM)
When I look at people to blame, Cutler falls to about No. 10 on the list.
Steve (San Jose, Ca)
Hey Jurko, the Vikings game next week worries me. Bears historically don't play good on MNF and Bret plays well on national tv. Vikes are at home, on turf and would love to beat the Bears and push them back in the playoff race. What do you think?
Jurko (1:14 PM)
Brett is not going to be a concern. I don't think he plays this week or next week.
Jurko - is it time to find a center to replace OK next year?
Jurko (1:15 PM)
Wilfork is going to bang around a lot of people. But yeah, eventually you do have to replace Kreutz. He's not getting younger, stronger or faster. At some point you have to move on.
Did Tillman just give up on the play? Was he tying his shoe? Did he have a cramp? I need a real answer as to what the **** happened. I've never seen a meltdown like that. It was the Atlanta game times a million.
Jurko (1:16 PM)
It looked like he just anticipated that someone was going to be there to cover. Major Wright should have been able to make that tackle but they were trying to take advantage of a young player. He had Gronkwoski in his face and he got enamored with him.
If they do repair the Metrodome in time for next week's game would you trust it? That thing looks like it's going to take more than a week to repair fully.
Jurko (1:17 PM)
No, I wouldn't trust it. Secondly, I think if that game moves to a neutral site it should be indoors.
Who should Bears fans be pulling for tonight in the MIN/NYG game?
Jurko (1:18 PM)
Pull for Minnesota. That will knock the Giants another game back.
Joe (Homer Glen, IL)
Do the Jets have the same type of offense that would just roll through the Cover 2 like the Pats?
Jurko (1:19 PM)
The Jets have Sanchez. They don't have Brady. The guy is hesitant and doesn't make decisions on time. There are no comparisons that are solid here.
Jurko (1:20 PM)
If the Bears win next week and the Packers lose, the Bears win the division. It's that simple. This is an imperfect team, but it's the team we have. You can't win the Super Bowl if you don't make the playoffs so let's make the playoffs and go from there.
Jamie (Lake Villa)
should Bears fans really have anticipated winning yesterday? I hoped for a better and closer game, but was not surprised it ended like it did.
Jurko (1:21 PM)
I had an 11 on NE in the confidence picks. I thought it would be closer asnd I didn't think the Bears would embarrass themselves. I expected it to be closer.
Are we witnessing the greatest coach/qb combination of all time?
Jurko (1:23 PM)
I think one that might get along the best might them. Landry-Staubach would be right there. They had a great relationship. Walsh-Montana.
When do people realize that Jay Cutler is not even a top 15 quarterback in the nfl
Jurko (1:24 PM)
He has some maturing to do. He needs to be more intelligent at times but the same thing happened to Favre. It took him four years to mature. I just hope we don't have to wait that long.
Reed R (Michigan Ave)
Are we reading too much into the way the Bears lost? Did we just lay an egg against the best team in the league and it showed or is this score indicative of the Bears talent level?
Jurko (1:27 PM)
It's not as bad as it looks when you lose and it's usually not as good as it looks when you win. I think in the NFC, the Bears are competitive throughout. The Bears might go 3-1 against the AFC East and as bad as it looks it still only counts as one loss. Burn the film and let's move on is the Bears' mantra.
A. Do you think Aaron Rodgers plays? B. Shouldn't they sit him because he already had a concussion this year?
Jurko (1:28 PM)
The second concussion of the year, I don't think Rodgers plays. And he looked woozy.
Curtis (South Beach)
Do the Bears need a big WR to really make Jay Cutler comfortable? Bennett is great in the slot, Knox is a nice deep threat but a little soft and Hester is good in his pachake, but what about a nice 6'3" target?
Jurko (1:29 PM)
You need a No. 1 receiver. You need Larry Fitzgerald. You need a go-to guy that has to be doubled. Nobody has to be doubled on the Bears.
I think every remainng Bear's opponent will watch the way the Pats destroyed the Cover 2. They could lose all their remaining games. MN has their receiving core back and AP could score 3 TD's.
Jurko (1:30 PM)
Sure they could lose all three games or they could win the next one and clinch the division when the Packers lose to NE. Concentrate on Minnesota.
Jurko (1:31 PM)
See you guys on Thursday. This one is going to take awhile to get out of my memory.