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.
Who is the one Rams player the Bears should be most concerned about Sunday?
Defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long and running back Zac Stacy are all impact players for the Rams, but I would say that dynamic rookie Tavon Austin is the player the Bears should be most concerned about Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Austin carried the Rams to a 38-8 win over the Colts two weeks ago almost singlehandedly, scoring three touchdowns on a 98-yard punt return and receptions of 57 and 81 yards. Austin is extremely explosive and able to score any time he touches the ball from any place on the field.
It seems the Bears defense has done much better since coordinator Mel Tucker moved from the press box to the field. Is that true and how much have a difference do you think that's made?
Yes, it's true. After allowing an averaging of 29.4 points in their first seven games, the Bears have yielded 20, 21 and 20 points in winning two of three since Mel Tucker made the move down to the field. Asked about being on the sideline versus up in the booth, Tucker said this week: "You're a lot closer to the action. Sometimes it's easier to communicate directly to the players instead of going through another coach. You get a chance to see the looks on the guys' faces, which is very important. You try to get a feel for how it's going and what needs to be said and when it needs to be said."
Has Josh McCown ever faced the Rams in his career?
Yes, Josh McCown has appeared in four career games with two starts against the Rams, completing 43 of 68 passes for 515 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 96.1 passer rating. All four of those contests came in 2003-04 when McCown played for the Arizona Cardinals.