Hey, KC, is it just me or is Thomas Jones not only running the ball but picking up the blitz beautifully? -- Matthew Palmieri, Shreveport, La.
You should've sent this to "Ask Ray Lewis." Jones cut down the future Hall of Fame linebacker with a perfect block last Sunday. And, yes, that has been a consistent scene all season. Let's face it: This has as much to do with Jones playing virtually every snap as his impressive rushing totals. As a veteran, he is far more trusted in protecting Kyle Orton than Cedric Benson, as is Adrian Peterson.
With the success of our running game, why did the Bears pass as much as they did against the Ravens? It seemed that with the rain coming down it would have been a more effective game plan to run against the Ravens' D rather than passing so many times. --Tim Tokuda, Phoenix
You didn't like the touchdown pass to Marc Edwards? Let's go to the numbers. The Bears called 29 rushing plays and 29 pass plays. In my book, that's balance. And a lot of the passes came off play action, once Thomas Jones got established. Also, in the fourth quarter, as the Bears sat on a lead, they dwindled the clock with plenty of run calls. I thought the Baltimore game was Ron Turner's best since he's returned.
Who will be the starting FB when Bryan Johnson returns? He played decent last season but Marc Edwards is doing OK this season. -- Bjarke H., Aalborg, Denmark
Lovie Smith said this week that Marc Edwards will remain the starter for the foreseeable future. Sadly, he didn't do so in Danish.
Great victory by the Bears Sunday! The defense finally proved it can close a game out at the end when the Bears have a slim lead, something they didn't do in losses to Washington and Cleveland. How long do you think they can go on this way, though? If the Bears continue to hold single-digit leads in the fourth quarter, they are bound to lose some of those games against stronger offensive opponents, and the offense doesn't have the weapons to come from behind. Do you think this is a playoff team, even in the weak NFC North? I just can't see the Bears finishing better than 8-8, although that might be good enough in that division. -- Dan McQuade, Indianapolis
Mr. McQuade, may I suggest some McQualudes? That's one exclamation point and two questions in one submission. But, hey, 3-3 records have everybody giddy, so let's dive in. As for how long they can go on this way, I say all season. I think you're going to see plenty of 10-6 games. As for the playoffs, I really think this is the Bears' division to lose. The Packers look buried, Minnesota is hurt and distracted and the Bears have an easier remaining schedule than Detroit. The defense has to keep playing this well, though, because you're right: The Bears are going to be in plenty of close games.
Hey, K.C., it seems every tight end that plays the Bears is always open and has a great game. Is this a concern for the Bears and who is mostly responsible for the coverage? -- Mike S., St. Charles
Tight ends have had good games against the Bears, particularly in Cleveland. But I really think that's the only game where it hurt them in the long run. The Bears have been allowing tight ends to catch passes underneath as they try to get pressure up front and protect the deep balls that burned them earlier this season. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera talked about tight ends specifically before Todd Heap--one of the best in the game--caught seven passes last Sunday. But he didn't seem concerned that the underneath stuff was hurting the Bears.
Ian Scott seems to be the most underrated player on the defense with little to no media recognition. He does an excellent job against the run and is fundamentally sound. He is not a sack artist, and never will be. What are your thoughts on Ian's future in Chicago with higher drafted tackles in Tank Johnson and Tommie Harris? Does management pay Ian starter $$ or eventually move Tank into a starter role? If that's the case, what do they do with Scott? I think Ian deserves a new contract and I think the Bears are unfair, if they continue to play him as a starter but pay him fifth round $$. What are your thoughts? -- Brian Ollmert, Glenview
Much like my wife, you must not read my stories. I wrote a a few weeks back, so I disagree about his lack of media recognition. But your larger point is an interesting one. Scott is signed through 2006, so the Bears could approach him about an extension this season. Jerry Angelo has been known for trying to lock up players he feels valuable to the Bears' future and Lovie Smith has done nothing this season but throw praise Scott's way. I see the Bears getting something done with Scott, who is due to make $466,160 next season. I don't think he is looking at huge money, but he is playing well enough to warrant a solid increase.
What does K.C. stand for? -- Randy Stampone, Oakhurst, N.J.
I typically ask people to guess, but that would take another week of suspense and we all know that readers couldn't stand that. So here you go: Kenneth Carl. But I've been K.C. since I was 5 minutes old because my parents are really bad spellers.