The offensive line clearly has been a major reason the Bears are 6-3. Do the coaches divulge which starters have graded out the highest from week to week? What direction do you see the team going at guard for next year with Roberto Garza and Terrence Metcalf becoming free agents and Ruben Brown entering the last year of his deal? -- Joe B., Danbury, Conn.
Grades aren't revealed, but you'd have to think they're high given how much public praise Lovie Smith has sent that unit's way. I think the team will try to re-sign at least one of Metcalf and Garza. What they like most about Garza is his versatility. He can play center, too.
With Cedric Benson going down, Thomas Jones coming off a rib injury and Adrian Peterson the only healthy running back, do you see the Bears making any rosters moves or signing any free agents? -- Scott, Orlando
No, because Jones will return against Carolina and Benson will return before season's end.
How do you see the NFC playoff picture? With your predictions, which team are the Bears facing in round 1? I am predicting a 9-7 finish with a division-clinching win in the final week against Minnesota. Thanks! -- Pete Morrone, Peoria, Ariz.
It's kind of remarkable that we're even contemplating playoff berths, isn't it? I think it may come down to the last game or two because the Bears' schedule gets tougher. But if they win the division, they'll almost certainly open against the wild-card team. Your guess is as good as mine.
In the event that Adrian Peterson had gone down Sunday--God forbid-- who would have been inserted as tailback? Jerry Azumah possibly? -- Robert Beitler, Carlisle, Penn.
Jason McKie, playing his first game of the year. Good thing AP went for 120 yards.
First off, congrats to the Bears on their fifth straight win. Second, remember last week when I asked you about yanking Bobby Wade? Is Rashied Davis the new man? -- Dan Yopchick, Iowa City, Iowa
Are you the guy? If so, here's an olive branch. But, no, while Davis and Nathan Vasher are taking some reps in practice, Wade is still the man for now. Hopefully, the wind won't be blowing as hard this Sunday.
Will the fight between Olin Kreutz and Fred Miller lead to "Hard Liquor and Handgun" night for the Bears' offensive line? --Butch Brzeski, Chicago
They do go out weekly as a group for dinners. But I'm not touching that one. I have to interview these guys.
Why are so many Bear fans immediately handing the starting QB job to Rex Grossman when he comes back? Grossman hasn't won five games in a row, and hasn't even played in as many games as Kyle Orton. --Abe, West Chicago
I haven't figured that out, either. If you're asking me who I personally think is the better NFL quarterback, I'd probably have to say Grossman. But I don't see how you make that switch now when the team is having so much success and chemistry has been so good.
K.C. Johnson's answers
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