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Phil Emery's Realistic Blueprint for Chicago Bears' 2012 Super Bowl Run
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With a new GM, a fairly large amount of available cap space and the free-agency surplus neatly matching up with the team's greatest positional need, the Chicago Bears are—dare I say it—in a prime position to win a Super Bowl.

That's right, I said Super Bowl.

I've never been satisfied with the Bears merely making playoff appearances. Losing in the playoffs is still losing. I thank Da Coach for instilling that "Super Bowl or bust" mentality in me.

While I've written a negative column about the choice of Phil Emery, this will be the counterpoint—the positive article about how Phil Emery will be basking in a ticker-tape parade next year at this time.

In fact, this article will be so positive, Emery can overcome all of Lovie Smith's coaching shortcomings and still get the team to the Promised Land.

So here's how I think the Bears can put together a plan to win the Super Bowl. Since the Bears don't operate in a vacuum, I'll also attempt to predict what other teams will be doing that could impact this plan. I'll also explain the philosophy behind the plan.

To invoke a particular beer slogan, here we go.

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