Return elicits memories

Bears' defensive dominance hasn't returned to level it enjoyed under Rivera

Updated: September 29, 2011, 6:10 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Until the Carolina Panthers arrived on the Bears' schedule this week, there hadn't been much talk here lately about Ron Rivera.

Five years after Bears coach Lovie Smith decided not to renew Rivera's contract as defensive coordinator -- that would be "fired" in old-school parlance -- the Bears' defense had returned to a level of respectability, if not exactly dominance, under current coordinator Rod Marinelli.

But maybe, more than anything, we have all just become ...

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