Orton appears to have upper hand in Bears' QB race

With the Bears once again committed to winning with defense, look for Kyle Orton to ultimately emerge as the team's starting quarterback, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: July 24, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Out of necessity, coach Lovie Smith has taken the Chicago Bears back in time.

The years were 2004 and 2005. The Bears were a young team, theoretically on the rise. Their core was a young defense, featuring Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Alex Brown, Tommie Harris and others.

"We were last in the division and we were all the afterthought," Smith said. "This camp is definitely like 2005, or you could go all the way back ...

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