The Chicago Bears were one win, and one Jay Cutler injury, away from winning the NFC in 2010. The 2011 season was a different story. Injuries to Cutler and Matt Forte ravaged the team and led to a disappointing 8-8 record.
What steps must the Bears take to get back on top?
Head coach Lovie Smith reveals how involved he was in the process of finding a new general manager to replace the fired Jerry Angelo, and even touched on how comfortable he was with his job under new general manager Phil Emery.
And perhaps most important, Smith touches on which direction the team will be looking in free agency and through the draft.
First, and foremost, star running back Matt Forte hits the free agency market next month as a coveted prize, though his devastating knee injury from last season will temper enthusiasm.
Additionally, (WR) Roy Williams, (TE) Kellen Davis, (DE) Israel Idonije, (DT) Amobi Okoye and (S) Brandon Meriweather are all free agents this offseason.
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