Injuries have played a role in the Bears recent struggles. But this version of the Bears yearly collapse has many other factors.
One way or another, the Bears always seem to find a way to fall short of their potential. Whether it be injuries, play calling, personnel, or Father Time, every aspect seems to make a yearly appearance at one point or another and derail the season.
This season has been no different. It is actually one of the most drastic “tale of two seasons” stories I’ve ever witnessed. Even though the Bears struggled mightily and finished the season 1-5 last year, the 1-4 stretch they are going through right now seems much worse.
Last year, no one expected much from the Bears when their two cornerstones on offense, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, went down at the same time. The expectations were immediately lowered as soon as they were replaced by Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber. There was even a sort of cautious optimism that if Cutler and Forte could just come back healthy, ...