Chat with Jeff Dickerson
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPNChicago.com reporter Jeff Dickerson stops by to chat about the Chicago Bears.
Dickerson is a Bears beat reporter and weeknight host on ESPN 1000.
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Jeff Dickerson (1:00 PM)
Greetings from San Francisco, or technically Burlingame, CA right by the airport. Let's talk some Bears vs. Niners.
Is Alshon in or out? How would hat affect our pass/rush percentages? Is Campbell on a short leash, just handing the ball off, or is he allowed to throw all over the field?
Jeff Dickerson (1:01 PM)
Alshon Jeffery is probable and expected to play. Not sure if just because Jeffery is active the Bears plan to throw the ball more, but he is a big-time redzone threat with good hands. Safe the say the Bears have missed him since the bye week.
Gabe (Cubicle City)
Whats the deal with Carimi. One game he is decent. One game he is atrocious. Is this dude a bust? 1st Round tackles usually progress better and dominate by now, no?
Jeff Dickerson (1:03 PM)
I think he is still a young player and like most young players has his ups and downs. Way too early to cal him a bust, but it might also be premature to predict greatness for Carimi. The knee injury set him back last year. Who knows how good he'd be right now if he didn't get hurt in Week 2 last season. I thought Carimi, with help, did a solid job last week vs. the Texans. Let's see how he fares tonight against another aggressive defense in the 49ers.
Hunter (Bowling Green, Ky)
What if Campbell goes down? Run the ball for days?
Jeff Dickerson (1:05 PM)
Then Josh McCown is the next man up. He can throw the ball if he has to, but I think even with Campbell the Bears have to carve out the run game with Forte and Bush. Don't put Jason Campbell in a bunch of third and longs. That will be key.
With both back QB's mostly starting, who has the advantage?
Jeff Dickerson (1:06 PM)
If you're going to base it off of experience, then Campbell cleary has the edge. I honestly don't know a ton about Kaepernick other than he's a very good runner. Kaepernick is a true wildcard tonight. But for Campbell, this will be his 71st career start so he should know what he's doing out there.
Mike (Great White North)
Not yet white....Golfing weather in November! Bears win tonight by protecting the ball better with Campbell? Crazy that a win tonight would create a possible QB controversy with the fan base....
Jeff Dickerson (1:08 PM)
Mike, I don't think there will be a QB controversy even if Campbell lights it up tonight. Cutler is the guy. And he's paid to be guy. He starts vs. Minnesota this weekend if he gets cleared by the doctors.
Both teams have stout D's and backup QBs. Will this game be won by special teams?
Jeff Dickerson (1:10 PM)
Might be. I think field position will be at a premium tonight with these two strong defenses. Keep in mind that the Bears' coverage units are one of the best in the league, which should give the Bears an edge. Now, what would really help the Bears would be if Adam Podlesh can start punting the ball a little better and if Hester can break one instead of dancing side to side. I could see this game decided by a field goal, I could.
What do you expect to see from Evan Rodregez tonight?
Jeff Dickerson (1:11 PM)
A larger role. Rodriguez has been playing about 8-12 snaps per game. I expect that to increase tonight. He might even get a shot to line up at tight end. As you can imagine, the Bears were not happy with Kellen Davis' play last week. So Rodriguez is going to get a shot to see what he can do in the passing game, I believe.
Lance (Asheville, NC) [via mobile]
Hey JD do you think Campbell will be more aggressive down the field tonight?
Jeff Dickerson (1:13 PM)
I think he needs to be if the plays are open down the field. The last thing you want Campbell to do is to force it deep, but as a veteran, I don't expect that be a huge problem. But if a Bears receiver/tight end is wide open 30-plus yards down the field, throw him the ball. It will also be vital tonight for the WRs/TEs to make plays for the quarterback. No bad drops like in the Texans game.
Eric GE [via mobile]
with Alex Smith being out does this change your prediction on who will win the battle of the backups?
Jeff Dickerson (1:14 PM)
I thought about it, but I'd feel dirty changing my pick the day of the game. We were told to turn in our picks on Friday on I had 49ers 17 Bears 14. I'll stand by it. And if I'm wrong, I'll own it.
John (Dixon )
Who do you think they will bring down in the box tonight or do you see the nickel package
Jeff Dickerson (1:16 PM)
That's a good question, John. In the past when the Bears have a faced a strong running team - the 49ers have the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense - they would sometimes bring an extra safety in the game and stick him in the box. Maybe a guy like Craig Steltz could help tonight vs. the run. That's just a thought. But if they go to nickel, it's Kelvin Hayden. D.J. Moore didn't even play a snap last week.
Does Michael Bush get more carries?
Jeff Dickerson (1:18 PM)
I think Bush needs to be more involved. He only played around 8 snaps last game. That's not enough. I believe Waddle said this morning he'd like to see 20 carries for Forte and 10 for Bush. I like the sound of that.
Just curious, but where has DJ Moore been? is he in Lovie's dog house?
Jeff Dickerson (1:20 PM)
I'm not really sure why Moore fell out of favor. I think D.J. is a good player, but Lovie makes that call, and he's going with Kelvin Hayden at nickel until further notice.
Super Fan (Chi-town)
Any chance the Bears win this one for coach, ala Chuck Pagano? I mean, he is Da Coach, and probably the only chance the Bears had at being predicted to win on Monday Night Countdown.
Jeff Dickerson (1:22 PM)
The good news is Coach Ditka is doing fine and will appear on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown from Chicago. But it's a kind of different when it's your actual coach that has a health scare. Ditka hasn't coached the Bears since 1992. While I'm sure the Bears' player that have met Coach over the years are fond of him, I'd be surprised if his recent minor stroke was used by the Bears to motivate the team.
Caleb Petersen (Santiago, Chile)
I have seen articles that say Evan Rodriguez should receive more snaps at TE with Kellen Davis' recent poor play. I think Rodriguez has been doing damage lined up at FB. Why not keep him there and give Adams more snaps at TE?
Jeff Dickerson (1:23 PM)
The Bears might do that. Kyle Adams is a talent receiver. I really don't know how exactly the Bears plan to use Rodriguez tonight, I just know he's going to play more and get a few chances to make some plays. At least that's the plan going in.
Kevin B. (retired)
Does Robbie miss tonight? 3 misses in last 4 games, while I'm sitting by the phone waiting for the call!
Jeff Dickerson (1:24 PM)
It would make a lot of people feel better if Gould hits all of his fieldl goals tonight, except for the guy who runs Soldier Field. He clearly has a personal issue with the Bears kicker.
What do you predict Campbell's numbers to look like?
Jeff Dickerson (1:25 PM)
A good game for Campell would be 14-of-21 for 180 yards and 1 touchdown. I'd take that any day of the week vs. the 49ers defense.
JD, any updates on Shea McClellin's concussion? thanks
Jeff Dickerson (1:26 PM)
Obviously, he's out tonight. We could not speak to him last week because he had not been cleared by the team doctors. I sense the Bears are optimistic they can get Cutler and McClellin back for the Vikings game. But we'll see.
Is it time for the Bears to start considering trading Devin Hester? I don't what you would get for him, but maybe an option.
Jeff Dickerson (1:28 PM)
The trade deadline has passed so that would have to be addressed after the year. But it's certainly an idea worth considering.
Who'll be taking snaps in place of Shea.....and any news on his noggin?
Jeff Dickerson (1:28 PM)
Amobi Okoye should be active tonight in place of McClellin. He's a plugger who is solid versus the run.
Cutler is doing the his show tomorrow. I thought he could not talk to the media unless he passed the tests.
Jeff Dickerson (1:30 PM)
If he does the show, then he passed his tests. He won't do the show without the Bears' blessing. And if he's doing the show, that likely means he's not here in S.F. The team is not due to land back in Chicago until like 6 am.
Do you picture Marshall getting majority of the targets today or will Campbell spread it around?
Jeff Dickerson (1:32 PM)
I think Campbell will still try and get the ball to Marshall. He is, after all, still the Bears' No.1 WR. But maybe this is a game where Bennett and Jeffery can get a couple extra targets when the Bears have to throw the ball.
Jeff Dickerson (1:33 PM)
Thank you everybody. Please enjoy the game tonight and have a great rest of your day. I'll be joining CJH from Candlestick Park later in the day on ESPN 1000. Take care.