CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -- Chicago fans got their first look at a new team as the Bears defeated the Dolphins Thursday night 27-10.
Before the game was even over, some fans had had enough, or at least seen enough to give them a flavor for what this season might hold.
“I think they've got a long way to go, I think the defense is, there's not a lot of depth on the defense,” said Dan Hunt of Chicago, who left after halftime.
Tom Lucaccioni from Barrington was optimistic, but also realistic after what he saw.
“Offensive line needs a little work, defense they're still struggling a bit, and it's what's expected, it's the first preseason game, they're all finding out who's who and who's going to play and who's going to back up who,” he said.
But regardless of what happened on the field, for fans there's just something about getting all that Bears gear on and tailgating before a game that makes everything right in the world.
“Oh it feels great, I'm ready, ready for another season,” said Jim Tummavichakul from Orland Park.
Others echoed that sentiment.
“Energy at Soldier Field, football's number one, that's all there is, no competition, this is a Bears town,” said Joe Wilfinger from Naperville.
The air outside Soldier Field before kickoff was filled with the smell of steaks and brats and other grilled goodness, seasoned with a dash of cautious optimism.
“I hope it will be good, crossing my fingers, we'll see when we get it,” said Cari Anderson from Algonquin.
But for some, the positive outlook snapped when a certain #6 came up.
“Yeah we will see,” said Shelly Murray from Orland Park, who made a face when asked about Jay Cutler. “We know what he does, we know what to expect from him, we don't get too excited about the quarterback.”
Many prognosticators pick the Bears to go 8-8 this season, but many fans choose to ignore that.
“I'm so excited for this season,” said Donna Magin from Aurora. “It's our 45th year to come out here, I can't wait for a winning season.”
“Yeah I see some future, we bringing it home this year. It's coming home,” said Maurice Stevenson from Chicago.
Bears fans can only hope for that. But at least a win in the first season under new coach John Fox started on the right foot.