Urlacher pins Super Bowl hope on Bears' O

Brian Urlacher said the offense is going to have to step up to make the Bears Super Bowl contenders. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Brian Urlacher said Wednesday the Chicago Bears' chance of being a Super Bowl contender next season depends on their offense.

"It depends on what they do on offense," Urlacher said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" after announcing his retirement. "I think their defense is a Super Bowl defense, no doubt about it.

"And we've been that way for a long time. We've always been that caliber, we just can't get over the hump. If we protect our quarterback, which I think we'll be able to do this year, they made some good adjustments there up front, but I don't know. I thought we were (contenders) last year. We stunk."

The Bears' offense was 28th in total yards and yards per game last season while their defense was fifth in both categories as the team finished 10-6 and out of the playoffs.