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Bears Pro Bowl selections don't meet team's record

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The Bears must be the best 5-9 team there is. Maybe the best team destined to have a losing record, period.

You have to assume as much when you look over the Pro Bowl selections.

With four players named to the Feb. 10 all-star game in Honolulu, the Bears have four more players headed to the game than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who enter today with a 10-4 record. They have more more players headed to the game than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who at 9-5 have already clinched the NFC South and a playoff berth. They have four more players than the New Orleans Saints, whose wild-card hopes remain very much alive entering play today with a 7-7 record. They have four more players than the Detroit Lions, who are stumbling at 6-8 but count two victories over the Bears this season.

Here’s another one for you: the Bears’ four players headed to the Pro Bowl match the four that are being sent by the Green Bay Packers, who are 12-2.

Go figure. Returner Devin Hester, linebacker Lance Briggs, special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo and defensive tackle Tommie Harris aren’t the only four Bears’ players to receive recognition. They also have three alternates with center Olin Kreutz named a first alternate. Kicker Robbie Gould is a second alternate and special teamer Israel Idonije, despite not being on the fan ballot, is a third alternate.

That’s seven players who have been recognized in all. Green Bay has three first alternates and seven other alternates. It’s surprising the Bears would choose not to promote the accomplishment of Idonije, who was obviously received tremendous support from players and coaches throughout the league in the selection process.

At any rate, there you have it ... with a 5-9 record the Bears have four Pro Bowlers and three alternates.

If they win out, they can match victories with honored players.

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It's no surprise. Chicago is loaded with talented players. That's why it's so disappointing that we have a losing record this year. It was the little things that kept us down and maybe just thinking that as NFC champs, the season would be handed to them. This is a good, humbling season and I see the Bears returning to there dominant selves in '08; regardless of the depressing tales Mariotti tries to feed us. Sorry Jay!

Tillman should be in the Pro-Bowl, he's probably the only defender on this team whos showed in week in week out ( Urlacher and Ogunleye are close seconds, but Ogun has disapeared at times, and Urlacher has been injured), and so he got snubbed

Dont matter who goes, go bears.Hester return one for us.

Yes the Bears do have good players.But when you fire Ron Rivera,fail not too see how old the Off line is and trade away players or let them go[cris harris,thomas jones].Youre not gonna go anywhere.The positions they needed to go to the pro-bowl didnt.QB,RB,CB,WR/TE.

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