This off-season has been one of the most noteworthy the Bears have had in a very long time, creating an eagerness for the upcoming season that has been lacking ever since Super Bowl XLI ended in crushing defeat.
But, as we know (alert the cliché alarm) championships aren't won in the off-season. While the newly acquired talent is cause for excitement, it doesn't conceal the fact that there were a great deal of returning players who underperformed last season. They cannot repeat the disappointing outputs they displayed in '08 if the Bears hope to make a deep playoff run.
Compiled here is a list of the five players whose improvements I feel are the most crucial if the Bears wish to take the necessary steps forward this season.