As a diehard Chicago Bears fan who first became obsessed with Chicago in 2006, it's hard to relive the Super Bowl 41 moments. But, without that magical season, we wouldn't know what it takes for our Bears to become top notch again.
In 2006, Florida product Rex Grossman led Chicago's offense which was run by Ron Turner. Grossman usually handed the ball off to Thomas Jones or Cedric Benson, who helped pull Chicago into the playoffs, but ocassionally Turner would let Rex chuck it deep.
With not-so-great of an offense, the Bears' defense stepped up to the plate. Even after falling off the charts, Chicago managed to crawl, inch by inch, to the Super Bowl.
This was four years ago. I remember every little detail. Now, I want to see the Chicago Bears recreate the magic that we witnessed during their second Super Bowl run.
With the emergence of Mike Martz inside the Bears' coaching staff, things will look totally different. Jay Cutler has more than enough arm to expose defenses, Matt Forte is coming back healthy, and everyone is expected to gel together even more.
Expect a high-powered offense rolling on all cylinders, or a failure of a system that just didn't pan out the way it was supposed to.
Brian Urlacher is back, baby!
Urlacher will not be in top form like we are oh-so-used to seeing him be early in his career, but you can bet he'll be a factor.
Chris Harris immediately upgrates an abysmal of a secondary the Bears once had. Major Wright also can help out at free safety with his Florida knowledge, and ball-hawking abilities.
And, nobody can forget Julius Peppers. Even though the tandem of Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown was a satisfying one, Tommie Harris and Mark Anderson should return to their old forms. It's a big "should," but it's possible.
I know, I know. Lovie wants Hester to be the go-to guy. I know. It's okay.
But, I don't think it'll happen.
Martz needs to step up. If he wants Knox and D.A. at the starting position, then let him do it, Lovie. I have no problem with Hester being No.1, but with Martz, I think it'll be a revolving door of receivers.
Hester will be the returner, period. It's just a question of ig he can become one of the best in the league again, which is very likely.
In my opinion, the coaching staff for the Chicago Bears is the best it has been in years.
We all know about the fire Lovie Smith has been placed under, as well Ron Turner. One of them is gone, and it's not Lovie.
Martz automatically upgrades the offense, bottom line. Rod Marinelli may not be the best defensive coordinator, but the players have a large amount of respect for him, and he is well-liked in the locker room. Also, it's been said he knows a lot about defensive lines.
When it comes to the head coach, Lovie Smith has to make the right coaching decisions, or else he's gone. He knows it.
Every single member of the coaching staff will be thoroughly researching each, and every one of their decisions in order to maintain their jobs.
Even the Bears' players are desperate.
The players know that they're not getting younger, that they need to win for their career. Established veterans like Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, and even Urlacher are itching to win.
The older player's careers are coming to a close, and they want that infamous ring to go out with a boom.
I bet that this year, you'll see a completely different look of intensity lingering within all the players.