Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/24/11
After seven games the Chicago Bears are four and three going into their bye-week.  This is exactly the same position they were in a season ago when they went on to win the NFC North Division before eventually advancing to the NFC Championship game.  Will the Bears come out of the bye primed for another playoff run, or will they fade into hibernation, quietly and meek missing the coveted championship tournament altogether? The truth of the matter is, this year’s version of the Chicago Bears is better than the last.  A season ago, the Bears began 3-0 before losing three of their next four games in which their offensive line was exposed and Cutler was injured, as a once promising season seemed to be have dissipated right from beneath their feet.  As Bears fans know, the team seemingly figured it out winning seven of their last nine before going into the playoffs. So what makes this year’s Bears better than the 2010 version?  Let’s start with coaching.  Although there has been controversy surrounding the status of Lovie Smith, his calm sideline mannerisms are perfect for the cycle of highs and lows that have become Bears’ football.  Lovie never pushes the panic button in [...]
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