Chalk Talk: How have Bears fared vs. Matt Ryan?
Sep 27, 2020
Chalk Talk: Who was last Bears lineman to catch pass?
Sep 24, 2020
Chalk Talk: Did Bears take foot off gas pedal Sunday?
Sep 22, 2020
Chalk Talk: Will Cole Kmet's role expand?
Sep 17, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether rookie tight end Cole Kmet will receive more playing time, if Cairo Santos will practice kicking at Soldier Field during the week and whether David Montgomery deserves more credit for his performance against the Lions.
Chalk Talk: Trubisky made history in Week 1 win
Sep 15, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky accomplishing something last Sunday that's never been done before, how often the Bears have rallied from a 17-point deficit to win and if Trubisky took more snaps from under center against the Lions than he has in past seasons.
Chalk Talk: Can fans attend Bears road games?
Sep 12, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether any of the Bears' road opponents are allowing fans to attend their games, why the Bears kept five tight ends on their roster and the last time a Bears coach won his first five games against an opponent.
Chalk Talk: How often have Bears opened vs. Lions?
Sep 08, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many times the Bears have opened a season against the Lions, if Mitchell Trubisky's past success versus Detroit was a factor in him winning the quarterback competition and how much patience coach Matt Nagy will have with Trubisky.
Chalk Talk: Will starting QB get whole season?
Sep 03, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the winner of the Bears' quarterback competition will be safe for the entire season, the likelihood of rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson starting the season opener and new NFL rules for the 2020 season.
Chalk Talk: Will Patterson lose special-teams reps?
Aug 21, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether an expanded role on offense will result in fewer special teams plays for Cordarrelle Patterson, the criteria being used to determine the quarterback competition and if assistant coaches Mike Furrey and Deshea Townsend ever faced each other as NFL players.
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Chalk Talk: Is Skrine in mix to start at corner?
Aug 19, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether nickel back Buster Skrine could start at cornerback this season, if either Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles has an early edge in the quarterback competition and the biggest difference between the 2019 and 2020 Bears.
Chalk Talk: Does Coward have chance to start?
Aug 14, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Rashaad Coward will have a legitimate chance to win the starting right guard position, if Bears assistants are applying what they learned as college coaches to prepare for the 2020 season and if the Bears have ever had a left-handed quarterback.
Chalk Talk: Did Foles consider opting out?
Aug 03, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Nick Foles considered opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, how the cancellation of the preseason will affect the Bears' quarterback competition and if players who opt out for the season can change their minds and return.
Chalk Talk: What will Mingo's role be in 2020?
Jul 14, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what role free-agent acquisition Barkevious Mingo will fill this season, the addition of an assistant coach to the Bears' offensive staff and pairing star outside linebackers Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn.
Chalk Talk: Is Roberson in mix for starting job?
Jun 26, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether former CFL cornerback Tre Roberson will compete for a starting job with the Bears, if the Bears are interested in free-agent guard Larry Warford and the former Bears player who would help the 2020 the most.
Chalk Talk: What's key for Miller to excel?
Jun 23, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what receiver Anthony Miller needs to do to consistently perform at a high level, a young Bears player who could have a breakout 2020 season and the likelihood of Khalil Mack's brother, Ledarius, earning a roster spot.
Chalk Talk: Is Ridley in Bears' plans this year?
Jun 17, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what role receiver Riley Ridley could play this season, position groups hurt most by the cancellation of offseason practices and the Bears' second all-time leading receiving tight end behind Hall of Famer Mike Ditka.
Chalk Talk: When was Bears' last QB battle?
Jun 10, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears' last open competition for the starting quarterback position, how the Bears will comply with social-distancing guidelines when players return to Halas Hall and the origin of Kevin Butler's nickname, "Butthead."
Chalk Talk: Will Johnson be Week 1 starter?
Jun 03, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the likelihood of rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson being an opening-day starter, if the NFL would consider testing the tabled onside kick rule in the preseason and where Wilber Marshall ranks among all-time great Bears linebackers.
Chalk Talk: How many Bears have won ROY?
May 26, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how many Bears have won NFL rookie of the year honors, why the 1934 NFL Championship Game is called the "Sneakers Game," and if Matt Forte has reached out to Bears rookie receiver and fellow Tulane product Darnell Mooney.
Chalk Talk: Have Bears ever had perfect season?
May 08, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have ever had an undefeated season, if brothers Brendon and Obafemi Ayanbadejo were Bears teammates and if cornerback Jaylon Johnson is the highest drafted player from Utah in Bears history.
Chalk Talk: Will Bears get comp picks in '21?
Apr 30, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears will receive any compensatory picks in the 2021 draft, when the 2020 NFL schedule will be released and which offensive line positions seventh-round picks Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons will play.
Chalk Talk: Which O-linemen will be on board?
Apr 17, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the offensive linemen who could potentially be available when the Bears pick in the second round of the draft, the likelihood of the Bears trading down to acquire additional selections and the last time the Bears had two picks in the second round.
Chalk Talk: When will numbers be assigned?
Apr 07, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses when new Bears players will receive their uniform numbers, if the Bears will further consider bolstering their edge rusher position and whether the Bears considered starting Kyle Orton at quarterback in Super Bowl XLI.
Chalk Talk: What position will Ifedi play?
Apr 05, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses which position free-agent signee Germain Ifedi will play on the offensive line, if the Bears focused on acquiring players this offseason they were already familiar with and a field goal that could have changed history.
Chalk Talk: Who are QBs Bears have traded for?
Apr 02, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses quarterbacks the Bears have obtained in trades, if there's an update on linebacker Roquan Smith's recovery from a pectoral injury and Bears who have been the best to wear various uniform numbers in NFL history.
Chalk Talk: Last player Bears drafted at 43
Mar 10, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last players the Bears selected with the No. 43 and 50 picks in the draft, why players can't work with coaches until mid-April and the likelihood of the Bears drafting a tight end or receiver in the second round.
Chalk Talk: Should Bears trade down in draft?
Feb 26, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears should trade down in Round 2 of the draft, if they'll have enough salary-cap space to make the moves they want to make in free agency and who will replace released starters Prince Amukamara and Taylor Gabriel.
Chalk Talk: Will losing teams make playoffs?
Feb 21, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether more losing teams will reach the playoffs if the format in the proposed CBA is adopted, the last time the NFL increased the number of games in a season and why certain free agents are able to sign before the start of the new league year.
Chalk Talk: Should Hilgenberg be in HOF?
Jan 22, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether former Bears center Jay Hilgenberg deserves to be elected to the Hall of Fame, if a player who retires is factored into the compensatory draft pick formula and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's work with quarterbacks.
Chalk Talk: When will HOF reveal inductees?
Jan 10, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses when the Hall of Fame will announce whether former Bears greats Jimbo Covert and Ed Sprinkle will be part of the Class of 2020, the Bears player who improved the most in 2019 and the Bears' longest tenured coach.
Chalk Talk: Are Bears eligible for 'Hard Knocks?'
Jan 08, 2020
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears are eligible to be featured on the "Hard Knocks" reality series this year, if any current Bears played for either team in the NCAA title game and the deadline to exercise Mitchell Trubisky's fifth-year option.
Chalk Talk: Will Bears starters play in finale?
Dec 24, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears will approach Sunday's season finale against the Vikings, the number of consecutive years the Bears have closed the season in Minnesota and why the Bears are visiting the Rams for the second straight year in 2020.
Chalk Talk: How does Robinson compare to Pro Bowl receivers?
Dec 22, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how Allen Robinson's stats compare to the four NFC receivers who were voted to the Pro Bowl, the Bears player who has been selected to the most Pro Bowls and a thrilling comeback win over the Chiefs in 1977.
Chalk Talk: Why did Toliver replace Amukamara?
Dec 16, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Prince Amukamara was benched or injured against the Packers, the penalty that Cordarrelle Patterson drew while covering a punt in Green Bay and if Matt Nagy considered challenging a near-completion Sunday.
Chalk Talk: How much will Hicks play Sunday?
Dec 12, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how much Akiem Hicks could play in his expected return Sunday, if Kevin Pierre-Louis has ever been a regular NFL starter and the last time the Bears and Packers met this late in the season with both teams having a winning record.
Chalk Talk: Will Ridley help fill void?
Nov 27, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Riley Ridley could be called upon against the Lions with Taylor Gabriel sidelined, if the Bears ever played at home on Thanksgiving and if the Bears ever scored and allowed the same number of points in a season.
Chalk Talk: Why did Bears decline Rams penalty?
Nov 20, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears declined a running-into-the-punter penalty against the Rams, if Mitchell Trubisky was to blame for a deflected interception and the last time the Bears didn't score points off a turnover in a game.
Chalk Talk: Did Bears consider closing Club Dub?
Nov 12, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears thought about not opening Club Dub after last Sunday's win over the Lions, the last Bears player to record an interception and sack in the same game and why the Bears declined a Lions penalty.
Chalk Talk: Why didn't Bears challenge Eagles TD?
Nov 05, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears didn't challenge a possible pass interference penalty against Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, if the Bears have ever made the playoffs after a 3-5 start and the last time all four NFC North teams lost on the same day.
Chalk Talk: Were I-formation plays added to playbook?
Oct 31, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the I-formation plays the Bears ran against the Chargers were already in the playbook, former Bears now with the Eagles and the last time the Bears won three straight games and then lost three in a row.
Chalk Talk: Are 2019 Bears like 2007 team?
Oct 29, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether this year's Bears team reminds him of the 2007 squad, why the Bears ran the ball on third-and-goal from the 9 against the Chargers and why they ran the ball with no timeouts left late in the first half.
Chalk Talk: What's greatest challenge in London?
Oct 04, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the greatest challenge for the Bears in traveling to London, injured players who did not make the trip and whether the Bears have a contingency plan if their coach-to-quarterback communication falters Sunday.
Chalk Talk: Was interception deflected?
Sep 22, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tipped the pass that Kyle Fuller intercepted against the Broncos, how the Bears have fared in games following dramatic wins and how many yards the Broncos were penalized for a holding penalty.