This is an ESPN article about "How Can the Colts Avoid Superbowl Hangover?" but it pulls a few quotes from Bears about Superbowl XLI to make its point.
"You dream about it as a kid, you think about it all season long -- that's your goal coming in -- and you finally you get there," said Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who played in Miami's Super Bowl XLI.
"So it was an all-time high getting there -- and an all-time low when we lost."
"You're already a target after that year, you know, when the power rankings come out," Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said. "Everyone knows who the top teams are and it's not easy, not easy. ... And maybe, just maybe there isn't quite the sense of urgency for the team that's been there [and done that]."
The article contains several more Bears quotes that are heartwrenching, as you can feel the emotion of the players, knowing that they must have gone over and over the loss and the subsequent "lost season," wondering how it could have gone differently.
Contrast the players' sentiment and soul searching with Coach Lovie, about whom the article says:
...Chicago head coach Lovie Smith has yet to sit through a replay of the entire game.
Maybe that explains a few things. Lovie thinks that knowing what a superbowl (-losing) team looks like is all that matters. Finding out what mistakes they made and learning from them is optional.
This is perfectly in keeping with his "It's ok that we sucked tonight. There's always next week. I'm ok, you're ok, and gosh darn it, people like me." coaching philosophy.
At least the veteran players are still searching for answers. I only wish they had a coach who could match their determination instead of sitting back to see if things magically fall into place.
That said, Go Bears!!