Through no doing of their own, the Bears took a step toward moving up in the 2009 draft Saturday.
That is what the overtime win by the San Diego Chargers over the Indianapolis Colts meant. The Bears are tentatively slated to have the 18th pick in the first round, according to the NFL, but can move up to No. 17 if the Chargers go to the back of the line. San DIego won the AFC West with an 8-8 record and is currently selecting 16th, ahead of the cluster of four teams that finished 9-7, including the Bears.
If the Chargers reach Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, they'll drop to 31st or 32nd in the first round, depending on whether or not they win the Big Game. Next, San Diego will travel to top-seeded Tennessee or No. 2 seed Pittsburgh depending on the outcome of this afternoon's Baltimore-Miami game. The Chargers, having won five consecutive games, are the hottest team in the AFC.
So, now that ousted former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is 1-1 calling defenses against the Colts in the playoffs, Bears' fans can root him on the rest of the way if they're interested in moving up that one slot. You wonder if they're doing the same thing at Halas Hall.