All indications are that Josh McCown will be the team's starting quarterback again when they take on Tennessee on Sunday. Head coach Dennis Green would not divulge this week if McCown or veteran signal caller Kurt Warner would start but Green pointed out that Warner wasn't 100% yet but was getting close. That would be an indicator into which way he's leaning.
RB Thomas Jones won some points with the coaching staff and the front office last week when he played against the Vikings with a sprained knee. Jones had little practice time prior to the game and surprised many close to the team by not only playing but also performing quite well. Don't look for the team to make a change at the position any time soon. The coaching staff isn't feeling the pressure to play first-round pick Cedric Benson and the way things are looking, the Bears should be in the race for the division crown all the way through.
Look for underrated WR Randy Hymes to make his first start of the season in place of injured WR Mark Clayton. Hymes is on a one-year deal and some around the league that he has the physical talent to be a starter somewhere else.
The team might be starting only one offensive lineman Sunday at the same position they began the season at. The team practiced this week with C Steve McKinney at left guard, rookie C Drew Hodgdon inside, and Milford Brown at right guard for Zach Wiegert who is out with a sprained ankle. Only right tackle Todd Wade has started at his position all season.
Rookie RB Ryan Moats is slated to be active for the first time all season on Sunday against San Diego. Moats is expected to return kicks. Some view Moats as a potential replacement for RB Brian Westbrook who could become an unrestricted free agent after the season should the team not reach an extension with him. It will be interesting to see how the coaches use Moats from here on out.
While many are pointing to Dallas LB Demarcus Ware as the defensive rookie of the year, a case could be made for MLB Lofa Tatupu to garner some votes. Most thought the team reached for him in the second round but the rookie has played better than anyone could have expected and he's been one of the keys to their much-improved run defense.