Three times in Brian Urlacher's career the Bears have started 1-4 - in 2000, 2003 and 2004. None of those teams made the playoffs or finished with winning records.

All those teams had either incomplete rosters or organizational issues that didn't make a 1-4 record seem so jarring or out of whack.

But if this Bears team loses its fourth game Sunday, if this collection of talent considered by many NFL executives to be among the five best in the league flops again, then Monday threatens to be one of the most confusing, frustrating days of Urlacher's career.

So he refuses to consider it.

"We're not planning on losing,'' Urlacher said Thursday. "We'll see how it works out. We plan on winning every game so we're not looking at it that far [ahead].''

The words stopped short of a guarantee but implied that Urlacher might be in line for one of those get-out-the-red-cape, set-the-Tivo type of football games. The last time the Bears took the field as desperate as they will be at Lambeau Field on Sunday night came last Oct. 16 in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals when they trailed 23-3.

Urlacher didn't score in the 21-point rally that included two defensive TDs but he willed the defense back in a performance that one day will be referenced at his Hall of Fame induction speech. He made 25 tackles, three for lost yardage, broke up two passes and was as responsible as any Bear for Dennis Green's post-game meltdown.

It's time for another one of those defining moments from Urlacher, especially in the second half.

Whatever is happening at halftime isn't working for the Bears, who have been outscored 82-30 in the third and fourth quarters. Last year, it took the Bears defense until the fourth quarter of the Dec. 11 matchup against the Rams - the 13th game - to give up its 82nd point in the second half.

"Last year's over,'' Urlacher announced.

This year doesn't have to be for the Bears. But it will take another Urlacher-ian effort for everyone at Halas Hall not to already start thinking of 2008 when they get back to work Monday morning.

Losing to the Packers is out of the question for Urlacher. Here are some questions more easily pondered.

Are the Bears keeping an eye on Daunte Culpepper? If he recovers completely he could be a solid QB for a couple years and allow the Bears to be patient drafting the next "franchise QB". He seems like a more exciting temporary QB than Griese. -- Carl Johnson, Burbank, Calif.

Before anybody starts planning the Daunte Culpepper Lottery, reserve judgment until the guy stays healthy for an entire season and resembles the big-play threat he was in Minnesota instead of the MRI patient he was in Miami. March is eons away. The free-agent class of quarterbacks likely will have better fits for the Bears offense. Griese might make it all a moot point anyway. The Bears indeed liked Culpepper before the 1999 NFL draft but the Vikings selected him at No. 11, one spot ahead of the Bears. That forced the Bears into making a choice for which they really are still paying: Cade McNown at No. 12. But even if Culpepper's career renaissance continues, he represents a risk for any team counting on him to start the 2008 season.

I am no Kyle Orton fan, but after last week, I think the guy deserves a shot at some point. No? If Griese is horrible again Sunday, do they go back to Rex, stay with Griese or give Orton a shot? --Allen Richards, Evanston, Ill.

Sunday could go a long way toward clearing up that question. If Griese commits silly turnovers for the second straight week and the Bears lose, a 1-4 team four games off the division lead has to at least consider trying Orton soon. Even if can't save this season, it would be worth giving Orton some experience to see if he is worth developing into a possible 2008 starter. If Griese sputters but the Bears win, and that trend continues, then a team still thinking about a deep playoff run eventually would have to consider going back to Grossman and hoping the time off helped. It's a tricky situation, full of hypotheticals that football coaches hate more than turnovers.

Why did they draft Garrett Wolfe if they don't want to play him? --Buck Buchanan, Woodruff, Wis.

The Bears always want to play productive players; every team does. Wolfe has shown glimpses of good open-field running, especially in the final preseason game, but his size limits his ability to help the offense as an every-down back for a team that likes running between the tackles. He did carry three times for three yards against the Lions during a series the Bears used to send a message to Cedric Benson and has begun to contribute on special teams. But beyond spot duty, Wolfe doesn't figure to compete for regular playing time in the backfield his rookie season.

Do you think that the one person not getting the blame enough is Muhsin Muhammad? He took a swipe at Rex in the media but can't produce anything. In my opinion he's hurt, and too old. --Tyler Collock, Chicago