What is your realistic & honest prediction for when we will be a Super Bowl contender?

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When we will be a Super Bowl contender?

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    Honest and realistic. This is not asking when you would like us to be there, but rather when do you think the Bears realistically will be a Super Bowl contender? Obviously it's just a guess on our part at best.
     
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    JABF, really hard to tell because it seems to be a moving target. I would have said next year or the two following that. But that was before the year started and the D proved to be really bad. So now you have another rebuild that will take more than one year. And that is before we have finished rebuilding what we had already started.

    I would say a minimum of two years, but Emery does not let much grass grow under his feet. And who knows, while I have no faith in Tucker, I would still like to be proven wrong and see him put together a top D next year. If he does, and we keep scoring like we have been, then next year becomes a reality again.

    Realistically, I don't see that, so I think 2-5 years.
     
  3. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    I get angry thinking about how the window of opportunity closed on our defense. All those years of solid defenses, without being able to put together enough offense to win a Super Bowl. Opportunity lost.
     
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    Well, what can you do? Lovie was good enough to be sure he won enough to stay employed and we had no one up until George came along that was tired of the status quo. Given the climate of acceptance of the mediocrity, we just kept going along.

    Emery has his warts, certainly... but I view him as a competent GM. Stuff breaks and he is out there trying to get it fixed. I don't like the Shea pick. I was kind of ok with it thinking that he could develop, but I don't see it. Hardin was another wiff, but he has gotten more talent in a few years than JA had in four times that period of time. And if JA were still here, we would not have been looking until next FA. And then wiffed on that right before wiffing in the next draft.

    You have to take the long term approach. I trust we are now capable of developing offensive talent. The jury is still out on Cutler even though he has improved. But for the first time, if they let him go I feel like we are doing it from a point of strength becuas eI trust Trestman and Emery not to let him go unless there is a viable plan.

    What I am most concerned about is the D. I have no real reason for their collapse. Injuries only answer so much. We may be in for a bleak period there if Trestman is as loyal to his coaches as Lovie was (Tice, anyone?)
     
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    Two trains passing in the night, JABF. Just as the offense was starting to arrive at the station, the defense was already on the midnight train outta town.
     
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    i really dont think theres a realistic chance well go to SB next season, just too many pieces missing, my take is SB 2016 or 2017, with a new QB
     
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    Honestly, if the entire offense progresses, it's realistic to be contenders within a year. In the NFL, there's an average turnover of a good portion of the playoff teams, and I really want to see how the chips will fall in the offseason before making any predictions just for next year. Honestly though, the way Emery hit the draft this year gives me a hell of a lot more optimism than the mistake he made in drafting McClellin or Hardin. Seriously, your first and fifth round picks are playing exceptionally well, and all five are playing the field. How many times do you remember Angelo having 5 players from his draft even make the roster that season? If we go away from Jay Cutler, I can't imagine, though, that we'll be legitimate contenders for 2014, but having an understudy while restocking the defense could have this team going through a pretty quick "rebuilding phase". Look how long it took the Colts, Chiefs and Seahawks to rebuild from **** status.
     
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    With Cutler 2014, with rookie QB in about 5 years.
     
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    It doesn't take that long in the NFL, anymore. Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson made their teams legitimate within 2 years.
     
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    FWIW, I absolutely LOVE that analogy. It's our situation "to a T" here in Chicago.
     

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