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Kyle Long: Bears will make a playoff run in 2015

Bears tackle Kyle Long knows the Bears are 3-5 again this season, but perhaps they're a better 3-5 than they were a year ago.

Why else would he talk so confidently about the playoffs?

"We're going to make a run at the playoffs," Long told "And if anybody doesn't think that, then get the (expletive) outta here."

There's a few ways to look at this, but let's take the obvious first: Long could be seeing what we're all seeing from the outside looking in. John Fox has the arrow pointing up. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase has gotten through to Jay Cutler -- to an extent -- and the defense is the best it's been since the Lovie Smith era.

After getting destroyed by the Cardinals and Seahawks to start the season, Chicago beat a very good Oakland team and a pre-spiral Chiefs team. They barely lost to a very good Vikings team and, this past week, gutted out a victory over Philip Rivers in San Diego on Monday night.

While we're not re-writing our power poll just yet, it's fair to say this was not the lay down for the first-round pick team we thought they were a month ago. Credit to Fox and guys like Long for keeping the team afloat after a rough start to the season.

The other part to this is that Long really can't say anything else. Imagine a world -- no matter how refreshing it would be for some -- where players would just come out and say "Yeah, our latest DVOA projections give us a 2.2 percent chance, so really it's about healing up for 2016."

Then again, blind faith and confidence is part of what makes the NFL great. Imagine a world where we could predetermine the playoffs after just eight games. It wouldn't be that fun, would it?

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