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Harris has 'flushed' loss to Packers

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Bears safety Chris Harris said he long ago put a 21-14 loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game behind him.

"I flushed it out, man," Harris said. "I'm getting ready for a new season. I let it go. It is what it is. They got the best of us that day and went on to win the Super Bowl. I'm looking forward to a new rivalry with them."

Harris believes the key to not letting what happened in that game happen again lies in part in signing key free agents like defensive tackle Anthony Adams, safety Danieal Manning, defensive back and special teams ace Corey Graham, and linebackers Nick Roach, Brian Iwuh and Pisa Tinoisamoa.

"We've got a lot of free agents out there that I hope we can get signed and get back to help us compete," Harris said. "We weren't to far away from getting to a championship [last season]."

Harris also laughed about the team drafting Cal safety Chris Conte in the third round, continuing a trend that began when general manager Jerry Angelo made him the team's sixth-round pick in 2005. Angelo has selected a safety in every draft since.

"That's the way it goes around here," Harris said. "Seven in seven years starting with me. Hey, it is what it is."

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The two main players Chicago needs to resign are center Olin Kreutz and defensive tackle Anthony Adams. Also Nick Roach, all three of these guys are probably gonna be starters for Chicago and need to be inked the most. Corey Graham wouldn't be a bad guy to re-ink either, he's an ace special teamer and is on pace to becoming a pro-bowler for coach Toub. I think the Bears can live without Iwuh and Tinoisamoa. I'd also like to see Chicago come out of free agency with a guard, maybe Baltimore's Marshall Yanda or Atlanta's Harvey Dahl?

As far as the safety position, Chris Harris is probably the best safety Angelo has drafted during his time here in Chicago, the jury's still out on Major Wright and youngster Chris Conte. I think Wright can be a pretty good strong safety if he can stay healthy. As for Conte, he has nice measurables, 6-2 197lbs to go along with a 4.5 40, and he was a first team All PAC-10 free safety, you gotta like that. The knock on Conte is he's really raw at the safety position, he only played it for one season. The key to Conte making it as a free safety will be his smarts and instincts, does he have them like a Mike Brown? We won't really be able to tell till the guy takes the field. The scouting report on Conte say's he is a reliable open field tackler and has long arms and good timing to defend against the passing game. He's gonna be one worth watching once the hitting starts GO BEARS!!

Sorry Kevin but your on your own with Chris Conte, 1 int and 3 passes defended in 12 games started at FS, that's not very good. Not to mention those 72 tackles, well two were for loss, and 70 were for a gain. Remember Kevin Payne? Remember when you thought he had a big year because he had a lot of tackles. Well that was because teams kept attacking him, same with Conte, teams attack him and while he got a lot of tackles, it's when he made the tackles that counts. He is pretty lousy in coverage and tackles are generally made after a decent gain.

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