1. The quarterback makes the receiver, not the other way around
Four games into 2009, you're no longer hearing talk in Chicago that Devin Hester will never be a No. 1, Earl Bennett didn't catch a ball as a rookie or Johnny Knox played inferior competition in college – they're all producing because Jay Cutler is one of the best signal callers in the business.
2. Whatever Marinelli has been doing with the front four, it's working
Marcus Harrison has been up and down, Israel Idonije just had his knee scoped and rookie Jarron Gilbert is yet to make an impact, but look for Marinelli to get some production from each of them before the schedule is complete.
3. Like Harbaugh, Toub will make the leap from special teams to head coach
For more evidence that special teams coordinator Dave Toub is going to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Baltimore's John Harbaugh, and become a head coach one day, two signed-off-the-scrap-heap linebackers, Tim Shaw and Darrell McClover, already have six coverage tackles between them in four combined games played.
4. As he did a year ago, Forte running the risk of a breakdown
With Kevin Jones lost for the season on injured reserve, unless either Wolfe or Peterson steps up and demands half a dozen touches per game as a secondary option, Forte may be a shell of his former self in December again.
5. In retrospect, Babich was a part of the problem in 2008
Smith has been disappointed when it comes to takeaways because that's what his version of the Cover 2 is predicated on, but turnovers tend to come in bunches when a defense plays well consistently.
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