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 ChicagoBears.com.
Do you think that Robert Quinn will set the Bears' single-season sack record?
I think Robert Quinn has a decent chance to break the Bears' sack record. With 14.0 sacks in 12 games—he missed one contest while on the COVID-19 list—the veteran outside linebacker has averaged 1.2 sacks per outing. If he continues at that same rate over the final four weeks of the season, he'd finish with 19.5 sacks, eclipsing Richard Dent's team record of 17.5 sacks set in 1984. Dent followed with 17.0 sacks for the Super Bowl champions in 1985. Quinn's 14.0 sacks are already the third most in a season behind Dent. It won't be easy for Quinn, though. Two of the Bears' remaining games are against the Vikings, who rank second in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per pass play. Kirk Cousins has thrown 477 passes and been sacked just 18 times this year. The other two teams the Bears play, the Seahawks and Giants, rank 31st and 14th in fewest sacks per pass play, respectively. Whether or not Quinn breaks the record, he's had a tremendous bounce-back season, excelling as a pass rusher as well as defending the run. You could certainly make a case for him being the Bears' MVP this year.
When was the last time a Bears player (before Jakeem Grant Sr. Sunday night in Green Bay) scored touchdowns on a kick return and a reception in the same game? I'm assuming that Devin Hester did it at some point in his career, maybe more than once.
You are correct. Prior to Jakeem Grant Sr. accomplishing the feat against the Packers, the last Bears player to score touchdowns on a kick return and a reception in the same game was the legendary Devin Hester, who actually did it four times. The most recent game was Oct. 16, 2011 when he scored TDs on a 48-yard catch and a 98-yard kickoff return in a 39-10 win over the Vikings at Soldier Field. The other three times Hester did it, he scored touchdowns on receptions and punt returns.
Here's a list of the 10 longest punt return touchdowns in Bears history, topped by Pro Bowler Jakeem Grant Sr.'s 97-yarder during Week 15's game in Green Bay.
With Eddie Goldman joining Mario Edwards Jr. on the COVID-19 list and Akiem Hicks still bothered by an ankle injury, do the Bears have any linemen on their practice squad they can elevate to the active roster?
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The only defensive lineman on their practice squad is LaCale London, who has spent the past two seasons on the practice squad after joining the Bears in 2020 as an undrafted free agent from Western Illinois. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears bolstered the position this week by signing a player off another team's practice squad or a street free agent.
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