The 2012 season figures to be an exciting one in Chicago. The team has improved its players, rid itself of the mad scientist on offense and gotten its star quarterback healthy again. All of these high expectations now rest squarely on the shoulders of one man.
Lovie Smith enters the season with quite possibly his most talented team as head coach. While in the past the defense and special teams seem to carry the club, the balance of all three phases has never been as evident as it is now. No longer can a certain aspect of the Bears be deemed as a major weakness. This is a complete club with the head coach needed to press the right buttons.
The toughest season a coach goes through could be his most rewarding. The Bears can do big things this season. If Smith can rally the troops and be the right kind of motivator and strategist needed, then the Bears will be the last team standing.
2012 may just be Smith's toughest coaching job yet. Here are some of the factors as to why.