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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

Watching highlights of the Bears’ win over the Falcons, I saw a lot of Tyler Clutts downfield making some big blocks on the long screen to Matt Forte and other plays. What are the coaches saying about him?

Dave S.
Julian, Pennsylvania

I know that fullback Tyler Clutts wasn’t really on the Bears’ radar until he faced them as a member of the Cleveland Browns in the preseason finale. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub was especially impressed with how Clutts blew up Bears players on returns. Toub felt that Clutts would be a perfect addition to his special teams units. I have to say that Clutts played more on offense in the season opener than I expected him to. As you mentioned, he did a great job throwing blocks, especially when he hustled downfield on Matt Forte’s 56-yard touchdown reception. The Bears also love Clutts’ attitude. He played in the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and the United Football League before signing with the Browns a year ago, so you can be sure that he’s hungry to succeed in the NFL.

Other than Super Bowl XX, how have the Bears fared in the Superdome?

Joel S.
Susanville, California

The Bears are 2-5 against the Saints in the Louisiana Superdome, losing the last three meetings there after splitting the first four contests. The Bears’ last road game in Louisiana was played in 2005 at Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina had damaged the Superdome. The Bears won that contest 27-24 on Robbie Gould’s 28-yard field goal with :06 to play.

How many current Bears players were on the 2006 team that went to the Super Bowl?

Lenert O.
Los Angeles

Nine of the Bears’ 53 players were on the 2006 Super Bowl team. They are Robbie Gould, Devin Hester, Charles Tillman, Chris Harris, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Roberto Garza, Patrick Mannelly and Israel Idonije.

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