I visited with iconic Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who will be an analyst for Sunday's game between his former team and the Bears.
I've had the pleasure to know him for a couple of years, and I always appreciate his perspective, given how successful he was on the field. But, even more impressive, is the fact that he's able to clearly communicate his insights to the average Joe.
Aikman likes the potential of the Bears.
"I think they can be a good team. Defensively, they've got a chance to be an awfully good unit," he said. "It's hard to beat against some of these guys. If they can stay healthy, they can play well."
Aikman said he doesn't see how Mike Martz doesn't get the offense to be more productive.
Here are some others we talked about:
* On the Cowboys 13-7 loss to the Washington Redskins last weekend: "On the one hand, you expected them to play better. But considering how they played throughout the preseason, I don't know that it was a complete surprise. A lot of offense around the leagues struggled."
* On the play of backup offensive tackle Alex Barron: "You lose a couple of guys up front, and it affects everything."
* On what to expect from Marc Colombo, who will return to right tackle after missing the opener with an injury: "Not having gotten much work, because of the injury, you can't simulate that in practice. You just don't get those kinds of looks. So here you are not having had much work, not having had any contact in a couple of weeks, to all of a sudden facing one of the premier pass rushers in the league [in Julius Peppers]. Now, that's a tall task. They'll give him some help. But, this is going to be another test for this Cowboys offense."
* On the Bears defense: "It's a defense that looked good. When you do what they were able to do, that's awfully impressive (the Bears). I don't care who it was against."
* On Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije: "When you have a guy like Julius Peppers, who is able to attract so much attention, that guy opposite him is going to get a lot of opportunities. And all you can ask for in this league is one on one matches, and you've got to be able to win those. And if you don't consistently, then you don't stay on the field very long. There's no question, if I'm getting ready to play the Bears, Peppers is going to attract all the protection."