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2011 Bears Already Being Criticized?

Yes, that's right.  Let the 2011 hating begin before this season is even over, eat your heart out Trent Dilfer.  Shockingly, this bit of wisdom did not come from Trent Dilfer (most likely because it's found in an article, and I assume Trent Dilfer isn't smart enough to write... or spell), but from Andrew Perloff here.

Specifically, look at Andrew's 6th point:

6. The Bears will drop off. Chicago, the NFC's likely No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs, has a recent history of falling off after fantastic seasons. In 2001, the Bears were 13-3 and slipped to 4-12 the next season. They were 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl in '06, then regressed to 7-9 the following season. Their defensive core is getting older and they may not get as many lucky bounces in '11.

I don't buy the argument that because something has happened before, it's bound to happen again.  2002 and 2007 have no effect on 2011.  I do agree that our defensive core is getting older, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Julius Peppers aren't exactly young, and that will need to be addressed some point down the road, but how will that drastically effect 2011?  A year will most likely not cause a drop off in any of those players, let alone all three.  As long as we have those three, and good players like Israel Idonije and Chris Harris, I can't see our defense yielding much different results next year.

Personally, I'm not terribly worried about this now, I'm just enjoying the great moment presently that is Bears football.  However, I did find this interesting and wanted to bring it to my fellow Bears fans' attention, so enjoy!

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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