Does a Bear hit in the woods?

Sure, they look scary. But deep down, the guys on the Bears D are really a fun bunch.

Updated: October 13, 2006, 2:12 PM ET
By Rachel Nichols | ESPN The Magazine
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Ron Rivera has yet to have a paper airplane thrown at his head, but he feels it is coming. Rivera is one of the NFL's more respected defensive coordinators -- the man did win a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Bears -- yet he knows that, in Halas Hall, no one is safe from Brian Urlacher and his teammates.

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Meeting rooms, especially, can be treacherous. A coach will think everything is going smoothly, the endless chatter and the boasting and hooting and hollering having finally come to an end, and then THUMP. The coach doesn't need to turn from the whiteboard to know that someone's playbook has been pushed off his desk and onto the floor, courtesy of the teammate sitting next to him. Then THUMP. There goes another one.