Last week, it was Brian Urlacher who said he didn't feel any added urgency to extend the team's playoff run because of his age or the age of other key defenders.
This week, Lance Briggs was asked the same question.
"No, I'm 30," the linebacker said. "I'm not dead. I don't see it that way. I don't know how many years I'll get to play, or all of us on the team will get to play, but we're going to enjoy it. Obviously it's not easy to get to the Super Bowl so I think that, more than anything else - it's just not easy. So it's hard fought. We haven't been there in years. It's precious."
Bears coach Lovie Smith said he and his players aren't worrying about a window of opportunity closing but instead are focusing on the moment.
"As much as anything, I'm sure you guys can think about the present, of course, and the future and let yourself go in that direction. But to me it's just about now and what's happening at that time," Smith said. "If you're in a position to go, and you have a chance --- for four teams to have an opportunity to get to the Super Bowl and win it --- you have to assume that this is the only time you're going to get that opportunity. We have been in that position before where we're at the Super Bowl and we didn't win it then. We said, 'Okay, well next year we'll come back,' and it didn't happen. So of course the message for our football team is not to think too far beyond just trying to take advantage of a great opportunity that we have right now."