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Briggs: Dont blow up a 'championship team'

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Briggs: Dont blow up a 'championship team'

It is not what the critics of GM Jerry Angelo or coach Lovie Smith want to hear. But it is a consistent thread among core Bears players who believed before this season that they were on the brink of at least another run to an NFC Championship game, or more:

Do not even think about blowing this team up and starting over.

This team we have is very capable, said linebacker Lance Briggs, echoing sentiments he expressed to CSNChicago.com during training camp. This is a championship team. Even though were not going to make the championship this year, well take a shot at it next year.

Every offseason is marked by changes, sometimes major, sometimes not. The plan is for major changes at wide receiver, cornerback and ideally linebacker and defensive end.

And there will be significant departures: Marion Barber, Brandon Meriweather, probably Roy Williams, and others through free agency or the usual "going in a different direction."

But the Bears were put together by Angelo and that is one change the veteran core does not want to see. It is not expected to happen and its not going to solve anything if you get rid of all the folks who put this team together, Briggs insisted.

This year was unfortunate for us all and even though we didnt get in the playoffs, we are a championship-caliber team and well get there.

Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

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Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

WE"LL DO IT LIVE. 

Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

PREGAME

Inactives are out! Check them all out right here. 

PREGAME READS

Three Keys and a Prediction

Final Thoughts on Bears-Pats

(Too) Bold Predictions

Bears' O should hang with Pats' D

The Trubisky-Brady Comparisons

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play against Bears

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play against Bears

It's official: Gronk won't be playing this afternoon. 

After the all-world tight end's status was up in the air through most of the weekend, Gronkowski has officially been ruled out for today's matchup: 

It's obviously a lucky break for the Bears defense, who still have to deal with the likes of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and a group of great pass-catching running backs.