Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Do you think this Bears team is better than the one that lost to the Colts in the Super Bowl?
From Edward M. on Twitter
I think the 2012 Bears certainly have the potential to be better than the 2006 squad mainly because they possess much more explosive weapons on offense.
From Cisco V. on Twitter
No, Lovie Smith isn't concerned about that. When asked Monday about Charles Tillman possibly missing some tackles because he's too focused on punching the ball out, the Bears coach said: "The risk is minimal. It's about taking the ball away. It's about scoring first. In order to do that you have to take chances. It's also about the team concept; pursue to the football where you have a lot of guys there in case one guy does miss you have that next guy there to at least get the ballcarrier down." Tillman was asked the same question after he forced a career-high four fumbles in Sunday's win over the Titans, and he said: "I guess I have gotten good over the years at punching, and if I don't get the punch or the forced fumble, the majority of the time I get the tackle. It can misfire at times, but I would probably say 90, 95 percent of the time if I miss or I don't get the forced fumble, I am pretty confident that I can get the tackle."
What is the status of
From Corey B. on Twitter
I know there's been a lot of speculation about when rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery will return from the hand injury that has forced him to miss the last three games, but the Bears have never announced a timetable. Coach Lovie Smith said Monday: "Alshon Jeffery continues to get better. Don't know what his status will be this week, but we're getting closer as each day goes by."
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