Coach Lovie Smith took exception with a reporter who suggested that, despite his team's additions, the Bears could have a hard time moving up in the NFC North standings in 2010.
While the Bears finished third in the division with a 7-9 record, they posted 3-3 record in the NFC North.
"We split with the division winner. The team that ended up in second place (Green Bay), we could have easily won both of those games. And we swept the other team (Detroit).
"I think we're close. At the end of the year, we played Minnesota as well as anyone," he said. "We're a better football team now. I think its safe to say, that we've improved more than any team in our division."
The Packers swept the Bears, winning the season opener at Lambeau Field 21-15 then winning at Solder Field 21-14.
Smith, though, wisely noted that the NFL draft is coming up, an important point since the Bears don't have a first- and second-round pick. Meanwhile, the other three teams in the division do, including the Lions who pick second overall.