A Year of Change

Entering the draft last year the Bears were coming off a 5-11 season and were in need of an upgrade in talent at almost every position. Dick Jauron's future was uncertain and Mark Hatley was in charge of player personnel.

Chicago was hoping running back LaDainian Tomlinson would fall to them at the eighth pick in the draft. However, things didn't workout as planned and the Bears added David Terrell in the first round. The team found their running back in the second in Anthony Thomas, who beat out Tomlinson for the Offensive Rookie of the Year honor.

Marcus Robinson was recovering from back problems and was expected to team up with Terrell to form a dynamic duo. Robinson went down again in 2001 with a serious knee injury, but Marty Booker became the team's top receiving threat catching 100 balls in a breakout season.

Terrell showed flashes of being a great receiver, but struggled to become a consistent target.

Everyone loved Brian Urlacher's game coming off his Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2000 and nothing changed in his sophomore season. Warrick Holdman and Rosevelt Colvin complimented Urlacher and the trio became among the best in the game.

Cade McNown went from the future of the franchise to a former Bear. Shane Matthews was the starting quarterback in the season opener but eventually became a backup to Jim Miller, who finally established himself as the clear-cut number one quarterback.

Take the previous elements along with a little luck and it added up to Dick Jauron winning Coach of the Year with a 13-3 record and a Central Division title.

The way things change from year to year in the NFL who knows what lies ahead. One thing is certain the Bears are in a much better position to win then a year ago.

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