Originally posted on Inside the Bears  |  Last updated 12/15/11
A little more than three weeks ago, after a fifth consecutive victory, the Bears were one of the NFL’s hottest teams. That high was fleeting as news of Jay Cutler’s broken thumb was revealed piece by piece. Three losses later, the Bears have gone from playoff insider to outsider, yet they’ve avoided one of the usual precursors to a team’s ­implosion: the fracturing of the locker room. Despite the palpable disappointment, especially after blowing a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead in Denver, the Bears collectively fingered themselves as the problem, with the exception of Marion ­Barber. The running back, who has a …
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