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Chalk Talk: Why will Bears wear orange jerseys in Miami?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

Why are the Bears wearing orange jerseys in Miami when orange is one of the Dolphins' colors?
Matt F.
Pensacola, Florida

The Bears wanted to wear their orange jerseys in one home game and one road game this season. They're allowed to wear orange only against an opponent that wears white because the NFL doesn't permit both teams to don what it considers dark colored jerseys. And because home teams get to pick the color they wear first, the Bears could only wear orange on the road against a team that opted to don white jerseys. The Dolphins were the only road opponent that did that this season, which is why the Bears are wearing orange Sunday in Miami.

What do you see as the biggest concern for the Bears in Sunday's game against the Dolphins?
Michael D.
Plano, Texas

The Dolphins defense has done an excellent job of taking the ball away this season; Miami leads the NFL with 10 interceptions with six different players picking off a pass. They're especially opportunistic in the red zone, so I would say the Bears must do a good job of protecting the football and turning their trips inside-the-20 into touchdowns. Another concern is that the Dolphins are coming off a bad loss, allowing 27 unanswered points—including 24 in the fourth quarter—in falling to the Bengals 27-17. Remember how the Bears responded after a similar defeat to the Packers in Week 1? I'm sure Adam Gase will have his team ready to play, so the Bears need to start strong Sunday in Miami.

Given that Vic Fangio and Adam Gase were both Bears coordinators in 2015, who do you think will have the advantage when the Bears play the Dolphins Sunday?
Barry T.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

I know that will be a popular storyline heading into the game, but I don't think either coach will really have much of an advantage over the other. If they worked on the same side of the ball—especially with the same position group—it could be a little different. But I don't think anything they did while working together for one season with the Bears will help or hurt either coach.

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