Playoff Loss Overshadows ‘Good Year’

The sense of disappointment is actually a good thing when you think about it. It means that the expectations weren’t met. And the expectations for the 2010 season went from six wins to a Super Bowl win.

Back in August, if you would have told Chicago Bears’ fans that the team would win a playoff game they would have been ecstatic. But the expectations for the team changed when they started to win games in bunches over the second half of the season.

“We had bigger goals,” Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers said. “I mean it was a good year. I’m not taking [away] anything that we accomplished.”

Fans and members of the media weren’t anticipating this to be a productive year for the Bears. With holes on the offensive line, defensive backfield and receiving corps, to name a few, most didn’t see the 2010 season turning out like it did.

“We won the division, had 10 wins, we did a lot of great things,” Peppers said. “[Devin Hester] broke the record. So it’s a lot of things that we can look at and be proud of. But, at the end of the day the main thing we wanted to accomplish, we just came up a little short.”

The season may have ended short of what people had expected, but it also lasted a lot longer than many outside of Halas Hall thought was possible. And one thing is for sure, the expectations for next season will be way beyond six wins.

  • DAN

    I have been a fan my whole life going back to the first time I saw #51 play on a 13″ black and white TV on channel 2 in the 60`s. I had a blast with this season and actually feal the Bears were only out of one game all year (PATS). We have a winning team with great readitoion. This is a whole lot better then ending the season after wk 17. I really feal that Green Bay is lucky they aren`t watching the soper bowl on TV. After that last TD in the first half the Bears had that game to win or lose on their own. If the REFS would have called the pass intererference when Olson was tackled or if the before the half interception was reversed. You have a much diferent game. The young QB is going to force Cutler to elevate his game. The key now is keep this team together and add to it. A receiver, another big D line guy, another DB maybe another LB to learn from Brian. We have a great team. No one is talking about the game Brian played. He looked like a hall of famer and I believe he left it all on the field. GO BEARS 2011/12

  • RICH


  • Denver Bear

    If it wasn’t for all the smack-talkers around the leaugue bad-mouthing one of the Bears own, I would think this Loss would be. Big-time deflating and carry over to next year. What I’m saying is, the Cutler controversy (that has no business being a controversy) may be a blessing in disguise. If these guys harness the anger they feel about their QB getting dissed from coast to coast outside Halas Hall, we may just have a hungry team with a chip on it’s shoulder. We’ll see what Cutler and the Men are really made of. Will they respond? Or will they wither? If Urlacher and Kreutz have their way, my money is on the former. Work harder than ever this off season and Take no prisoners next year Men!! We protect our own in Chicago, get hungry for payback in 2011.

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