Last season, the Chicago Bears showed promise with a 7-3 record. Then injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte sent them into a downward spiral that resulted in them missing the playoffs, the team's offensive coordinator retiring and the general manager being fired.
The Bears are now looking forward. They will face difficult competition with the powerhouse Green Bay Packers and upstart Detroit Lions. Chicago will have to come together as a team in order to make a strong playoff push.
Team play will be important, but the Bears are going to have to rely on a handful of guys to have big seasons next year. These are the five players most responsible for the Bears' success in 2012.