Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/20/12
Bears’ Season Summary The Bears struggled out of the gate to a 2-3 record and were in danger of dropping out of the playoff race early as the Packers and Lions both started 5-0. With their playoff lives on the line, the Bears came roaring back with a five game winning streak, starting with a Sunday night 39-10 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings. They were playing their best football of the season when Jay Cutler dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand during a 31-20 shoot-out win over the Chargers. With the Bears only needing three wins in their final six games, Caleb Hanie stepped in as the No. 1 quarterback. With Hanie at the controls the season and its playoff possibilities collapsed. The Bears limped into the offseason to watch the playoffs on television.2011 RecordRegular Season: 8-8 Third in the NFC NorthPlayoffs: Missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons (or the first time in two seasons if you’re Lovie Smith).Positions of NeedOffensive Line: Bears’ quarterbac...
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