Midseason grade: Needs improvement

Only Bears' special teams doing relatively well

Originally Published: November 10, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- We expected a playoff football team, maybe even, after a few glasses of wine, a Super Bowl team. What we have midway through the Bears' season is a flawed team -- hurt by injury, yes, but also standing at .500 because they are mediocre at best.

How to fix them?

"Play harder," defensive tackle Tommie Harris said, and it came across about as badly Tuesday as it sounded. The Bears said they are glad they get the chance to be back out on the field Thursday night ...

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