Disappointed Bears expect to be back

The Bears came up short in Super Bowl XLI, but they fully expect to be in the mix again next season, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: February 5, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The last time the Chicago Bears enjoyed a season like the one that concluded here Sunday night, in 2001 when coach Dick Jauron led the team to a 13-3 record but lost the playoff opener, they followed up a disappointing postseason appearance by going back into hibernation for three years.

No one expects such a monumental collapse this time around.

This team appears to be built for the long haul. The Bears clearly possess superior talent in the NFC North, and now they ...

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