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Five questions with PFW publisher Hub Arkush

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Each week throughout the season we'll ask five questions of PFW publisher and Bears expert Hub Arkush to get his analysis on some of the top issues in Chicago. This week Hub sounds off on Mike Martz's head-coaching prospects and Brian Urlacher's performance thus far.

1. Should Chris Williams be starting on the left or the right side when he returns from a hamstring injury?

Arkush: The scouting report on Chris Williams since his junior year at Vanderbilt has been short arms, lacks punch and could have difficulty getting his hands on more athletic, speed rushers. His best position may actually be guard, but he is probably better built for the right side than the left if he's going to play tackle. Interestingly enough, Frank Omiyale is probably better suited for the left side, but there's no guarantee he's NFL-starter quality on either side.

2. Has Mike Martz shown enough in two games to make you believe he will be considered for head-coaching vacancies in the near future?

Arkush: No. You have to be very impressed with how the Bears' offense has looked in first two weeks, minus the turnovers and persistent doubts about them in the redzone, but it's just two weeks and Martz's offenses always start fast. It's after he's had a chance to grate on people that his troubles begin. Martz is at least two solid seasons with the Bears' offense away from serious head-coaching opportunities again.

3. Have you been surprised by what you've seen from Brian Urlacher in the early going?

Arkush: Not at all! Perhaps the most ridiculous analysis ever done was the idea that Urlacher is overrated as a football player. The fact is he's not a classic middle linebacker and that annoys some who were, but he's a freak as an athlete in a body his size and perfectly suited to be used the way Lovie Smith uses him. The injury last year was just a wrist and strength at the point of attack has never been his strong suit anyway, so the year off in his early 30's may very well end up having helped him more than hurt him.

4. Do you expect the running game, which is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, to be more productive vs. Green Bay?

Arkush: There's no reason to assume the Bears' running game will get better any time soon. The fact is they're just not good enough on the offensive line and, while it's pure myth that Mike Martz doesn't run the football, he doesn't emphasize it or focus on it anywhere near as much as he does the passing game.

5. What did you make of the decision to use Devin Aromashodu for one play in Week Two after he was the most-targeted Bears receiver in Week One? 

Arkush: Sorry, Fantasy Football fans, but there are good reasons Aromashodu was an ex-Dolphin, ex-Texan, ex-Colt and an ex-Redskin before he was a Bear. How many free-agent types do the Indianapolis Colts miss on? The rap on him since his time at Auburn has been questionable work habits and focus that have kept his production from matching his ability. The sure touchdown he dropped early in the Lions game and a less than stellar week of practice obviously convinced Darryl Drake and Martz it was time to send a message.

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