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How many years until the Bears return to the playoffs?

How many years until the Bears return to the playoffs?

Since their Super Bowl appearance in 2006, the Bears have only made the playoffs once in the last 10 years. So when will they return?

The Bears finished the 2016 campaign with the worst record in franchise history in a 16-game season and hold the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft.

In order for the Bears to turn things around, chairman George McCaskey was promised "patience" with general manager Ryan Pace, who vowed that the Bears will get better at the year-end press conference last week.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

But how long will it take for the Bears to reach the playoffs again?

See what the SportsTalk Live panel had to say in the video above.

Chicago Football Madness: Big time match ups loom in the Sweet 16

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Chicago Football Madness: Big time match ups loom in the Sweet 16

Excitement for the Bears are at an all-time high, so while March Madness and the NCAA Tournament begin, we still have Bears on the mind. So we've created Chicago Bears Football Madness, pitting players from the three best Bears teams and legends head-to-head.

IT. REMAINS. MARCH. 

We're onto the Sweet 16 of our inaugural Chicago Football Madness, and Robbie Gould is our only hope. As the upper seeds dominated the 2nd round, Gould's feel-good underdog story continued. 

Now, with the help of a very nostalgic Twitter following behind him, Gould will look to dethrone his fellow All-Time special teams-er, Devin Hester. LET'S FIND OUT HOW NOSTALGIC YOU REALLY ARE, CHICAGO. 

Keep sending the votes in! You can find all the matchups over on our Twitter account, or on the website, because we like to give you options. 

SWEET 16 REGIONS:

1985 Bracket

2006 Bracket

2018 Bracket

Legends/Others Bracket

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Chicago Football Madness Sweet 16: It's a wide open competition in the Legends and Others region

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Chicago Football Madness Sweet 16: It's a wide open competition in the Legends and Others region

Excitement for the Bears are at an all-time high, so while March Madness and the NCAA Tournament begin, we still have Bears on the mind. So we've created Chicago Bears Football Madness, pitting players from the three best Bears teams and legends head-to-head. This is the Legends and Others region. 

1. George Halas 
4. Matt Forte
                                                      

Halas: Good luck going against the OG of Chicago Bears football. The “Mr. Everything” of Pro Football coached the Bears for 40 seasons and won six NFL titles. An innovator and disciplinarian, he can fill any role from coach, to player, to owner. He’s used to running the table, having led two different teams to undefeated regular seasons and “Papa Bear” is certainly used to winning. His 324 total victories stood as an NFL record until 1993.
-- Paul Aspan

Forte: Put simply, Forte is one of the great all-time Bears. Here’s just some of where he ranks among Bears history:
•    2nd all-yime rushing yards
•    4th all-time in rushing touchdowns
•    5th all-time in rushing yards per game
•    7th all-time in receiving yards
•    20th all-time in receiving touchdowns
•    2nd all-time in receptions
So, yeah. Matt Forte deserves to have his number retired.
- Cam Ellis

2.   Dick Butkus
3.   Gale Sayers

Butkus: Mad that he wasn’t top overall seed (still mad having had to negotiate with Papa Bear anyway) so may be nastier than usual. Underrated offensive threat from days as center at Illinois plus No. 2 all-time in Bears takeaways so can win with offense or defense, as long as it’s physical.
- John “Moon” Mullin

Sayers: One of the ultimate “what could have been” cases in NFL history. Gale Sayers was widely regarded as one of the most electric players in the league, but his career was cut short due to multiple injuries. In parts of seven seasons with the Bears, he only played in 68 games, but was one of the best running backs in the league and still made the Hall of Fame. Known for his incredible cuts and blazing speed, “The Kansas Comet” was Barry Sanders before Barry Sanders.
-Slavko Bekovic

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