Chalk Talk: Who will be Bears' No. 2 receiver?
Jul 02, 2020
Chalk Talk: Who were Bears' top 2-way stars?
Jun 30, 2020
Chalk Talk: Is Roberson in mix for starting job?
Jun 26, 2020
Chalk Talk: What's key for Miller to excel?
Jun 23, 2020
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.
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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.
Chalk Talk: Was Fuller's knee down?
Sep 19, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Kyle Fuller's knee was down on his interception against the Broncos, the last time the Bears faced Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in each of their first two games and if Allen Robinson intentionally dove into a Broncos defender to get the clock stopped.
Chalk Talk: Why was 2-point conversion spotted at 1?
Sep 17, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the ball was spotted at the 1-yard line after a penalty on the Broncos' two-point conversion Sunday, the severity of Bilal Nichols' injury and the last time a Bears kicker made two 50-yard field goals in a game.
Chalk Talk: How will altitude affect Bears?
Sep 12, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the high altitude will affect the Bears in Denver, how the yard-line where the Bears feel comfortable with Eddy Pineiro kicking from is determined and why Deon Bush replaced Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety for one series in the opener.
Chalk Talk: Did Nagy consider challenging non-call?
Sep 11, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Bears coach Matt Nagy considered challenging a non-call on a crucial play in the season opener, why Roy Robertson-Harris was not credited with two sacks in the game and if the Bears are considering a change on the offensive line.
Chalk Talk: Why didn't Montgomery get more touches?
Sep 06, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses rookie running back David Montgomery's workload in the season opener, the likelihood of tight end Trey Burton returning to play next week against the Broncos and Cordarrelle Patterson's rush on third-and-1 against the Packers.
Chalk Talk: Why did Bears keep six ILBs?
Sep 02, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears kept six inside linebackers on their 53-man roster, what receiver Anthony Miller needs to work on to make up for missed practice time and if there's concern about center James Daniels' inexperience.
Chalk Talk: Why didn't Bears try 57-yard FG?
Aug 28, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears didn't attempt a 57-yard field goal in Indianapolis, the competition between running backs Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte Jr and the likelihood of rookie tight end Ian Bunting surviving final cuts.
Chalk Talk: Did Pineiro clinch Bears' kicking job?
Aug 26, 2019
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Eddy Pineiro cemented his spot on the Bears' 53-man roster with his performance against the Colts, the player who has most improved his chances to survive final cuts with his play in the preseason and Deon Bush's penalty in Indianapolis.