Friday, November 04, 2005

CHICAGO BEARS THEN, CHICAGO BEARS NOW

It was 20 years ago when the Chicago Bears were scuffling their way to a Super Bowl victory. At that time their defensive line up was star-studded with players like Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Otis Wilson, Wilbur Marshall, Dan Hampton and The Fridge. The group was indeed a nasty one and a great fear factor. This was a quick recapitulate. At present, the Bears are once again playing a brand of nasty, in-your-face defense that has them 4-3 and atop the NFC North. You might be getting curious to know that who in the heck these guys are who are emerging as a fear factor for the rival teams? They are Tommie Harris, Alex Brown, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Mike Brown. This group of rising young players have combined to form a unit that is ranked second in the league in points allowed and is tied with Tampa Bay for fewest touchdowns (seven) given up. In the 1985 Super Bowl team Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was a backup linebacker who still becomes nostalgic about the team’s that year’s performance and is equally enthralled to see the same spur. Though the young players are searching for their own identity and to some extent have successfully found it by taking the defense of the Bears in first place for just the second time in the past 10 years indicating the Super Bowl Shuffle. They've already tore three consecutive victories, including a division sweep of the Detroit Lions, to take over the top spot in the fragile NFC North. Much like 1985, they are winning with defense, a running game and a strong-armed quarterback who plays with attitude.

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