It’s that time of year again, already, when the “experts” begin to pick the finish of NFL teams. I see via the Chicago Tribune that Sports Illustrated is picking the Chicago Bears to finish in 3rd place in the NFC North with an 8-8 record. According to SI, the Bears will finish behind the wildcard 10-6 Detroit Lions. Ouch!
And speaking of ouch, I noticed while reading the most recent issue of ESPN the magazine this morning that they have the Bears finishing 7-9.
No respect, as usual.
The way I see it, and the thing that still kills me about how 2010 ended, is the Bears had a perfect storm to sneak into the Super Bowl last year. Easy schedule and a monumentally fortunate season when it came to injuries. This year the schedule is significantly tougher, and I don’t know if it will be possible for them to remain fortunate on the injury front. The first month of the schedule is brutal.
I don’t know if Brian Urlacher knows something we don’t, but a week or two back on Bears All Access, his exact words were “you always think you’re going to have as much success as you did the previous season; pick up where you left off. It never seems to turn out that way.”
The defense is aging, and the window is again closing as it did after the 2006 Super Bowl season. Here’s hoping they have another strong year or two left in them.