2001 a distant memory in Chicago

Updated: July 28, 2003, 2:28 PM ET
By John Clayton |
No team in football can go from heaven to hell faster than the Bears. They had all the breaks in 2001 and won 13 games. They broke down in 2002 and went 4-12. Heading into this season, it's hard to tell which direction the franchise will go, although it would appear unlikely it will get back to the 13-win level.

Soldier Field is remodeled, but the Bears won't play there until Sept. 29. If they lose road games in San Francisco and Minnesota, coach Dick Jauron is going to have a hard time restoring team confidence during the bye week. Critics will be pointing out that, at 0-2 the Bears will have lost 14 of their past 16 games. Quarterback Kordell Stewart would be put under the microscope, even though it's tough to ask a quarterback to learn an offense in six months and pump out victory after victory.

John Clayton

ESPN Senior Writer