Matt Forte and the Bears are jealous of the Blackhawks. And they plan to do something about it.
After watching a reported 2 million fans attend their Stanley Cup celebration in Grant Park last year (see all of CSN's 62 photos here), that has become the theme around the Bears locker room, as Forte alluded to Saturday afternoon.
"What Coach Trestman has been talking about, what the entire team has been talking about is Grant Park," he said at his own football camp in Park Ridge for grade schoolers. "After the Super Bowl we'll have everybody meet up in Grant Park. That's the goal is to get in the playoffs, go through that, a Super Bowl win and have the parade back here in Chicago and be Super Bowl champions."
Expectations are high for an offense that will return all 11 starters and one that ranked 8th in yards per game and 2nd in points per game last year.
And that's fine with Forte, who said the team understands the goals they've set for themselves, which dwarfs what fans and media believe they should do this year.
"We picked up a lot of great players through free agency. We drafted a couple good guys and we got the entire offense back," he said. "So the expectations of ourselves is higher than anybody's expectations are going to be of us."