I would argue that the players and coaches have different expectations than the fans do. The players and coaches would probably expect to win the Super Bowl every year. I don't see anyone on that team calling this a successful season if they don't win the Super Bowl, and certainly if they don't even make the playoffs.Always the same with this crowd, might have to go back to ESPN articles. "If you don't win the SuperBowl your season is subpar"... 31 Terrible organizations in football. Last years Patriots? Unacceptably bad. Embarassing team, right? Bears haven't improved in 4 years...except for that 11-5 season and that Superbowl. Last year was pitiful? Our worst season in years, was 7-9. How many teams are lamenting their ability to hit that this year? A winning season is good, post-season is better, post-season advancement and a possible championship is the best.
With your attitudes, their is only one "good" franchise any given year, and all other 31 teams apparently should scrap and start over. a 10-6 finish is very respectable for ANY team in the NFL. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be a competitive sport, it would be something more one-sided, like Madden 09, where you can make your team all you can be and a perfect season is always possible. How dare the Bears ever lose, they must suck.
They should have high standards, especially considering their recent Super Bowl appearance.