1. There is never a bad time for a bye week in the NFL
That being said, while Tinoisamoa will be back in the starting lineup at strong-side linebacker no questions asked, Hillenmeyer may be relegated to a backup role again with Nick Roach impressing in the middle.
2. Don't assume the running game is fixed just yet
The Bears are officially a passing team four games into the Cutler experiment and should continue that trend for the rest of the year, so don't get used to these triple-digit performances from Forte.
3. Marinelli was indeed the most important signing of the offseason
He'll never be able to escape the fact that he was the coach of the first and only 0-16 team in NFL history last year in the Motor City, but Rod Marinelli is earning his money in the Windy City and proving to be worth the hype his signing generated.
4. Toub has a realistic chance to be a head coach in this league
It helps when you have a money kicker like Robbie Gould, an assassin punter like Brad Maynard and a marksman long snapper like Patrick Mannelly on the roster, but Toub fills in the blanks beautifully and calls a terrific scheme each and every Sunday.
5. Detroit is set up to be a contender again down the road
New coach Jim Schwartz has his hands full defensively, mostly in the secondary because Detroit hasn't covered anybody for years, but first-year pro Louis Delmas is a keeper and should patrol center field for quite some time – that gigantic chip on his shoulder will serve him well.
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