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Kyle Orton

Can Bears make the playoffs? NFL history offers hope

Can Bears make the playoffs? NFL history offers hope

The crunching noise of shoulder pads colliding is not far off with the first training camp practice two weeks away and that has rekindled the question: What are the Bears going to be like? Since reaching Super Bowl XLI nearly a decade ago, optimism has been brimming every summer when the team arrived in Bourbonnais. Whether it was success from the previous year, a bevy of top offseason acquisitions, a coaching change or some combination, the arrow seemingly always has pointed up. Hope and promise in late July hasn't always lasted into fall. Now with top-to-bottom organizational change, no one is quite sure what to expect with coach John Fox saying he would rather underpromise and...

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