In the age of parity, mediocrity reigns supreme in the NFL. Since losing the Super Bowl on a rainy Miami evening in February 2006, the Chicago Bears have been the paragons of mediocrity, as they have posted a 28-28 record in the three-and-a-half seasons following their Super Bowl letdown.
Thus far during the 2010 season, there have been signs Chicago could break this trend. Against Dallas, Green Bay and most recently Buffalo, Chicago showed glimpses of a team ready to break free from the chains of mediocrity and join the ranks of the NFL’s elite.
Alas, this same team has also displayed an alarming tendency to self-destruct, which was most evident in the Week 4 debacle against the New York Giants.
Throughout this roller-coaster season, some Bears players have consistently played well, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Others continue to disappoint, as they help keep this Bears team from reaching its true potential.
In reviewing the eight Bears games from 2010, it becomes clear that five positions need upgrading in 2011 for Chicago to have a chance to become an elite team.