Three weeks have passed and Bears fans have had the opportunity to calm down from the hysteria that consumed the city following the disappointing 21-14 loss in the NFC Championship to the Packers.
The unfortunate victim of the fans anger was, you guessed it, quarterback Jay Cutler. Despite tearing his MCL in the first half, fans, players and analysts all insisted his exit was due to him being weak.
It really shouldn't have been a shock to see the fans turn on the quarterback, as it's been a tradition in Chicago. Just ask former Bears alum Jim Harbaugh and Rex Grossman.
However, as time goes on, fans are starting to realize the successes of the Bears season.
A team that was widely picked to be one of the worst in the NFC, the Bears went 11-5, won the NFC North and arguably came closer than any team in the playoffs to defeating the eventual Super Bowl Champions. They were also the only team to consistently shut down the Packers high flying offense.
Still, some of their success can be attributed to good fortune, such as playing a host of rookie quarterbacks, as well as hosting the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The Bears were also one of the healthier teams in the league.
With all that said, it's clear there is still a lot of work to be done in order for the Bears to become a true Super Bowl contender. Here are ten keys to the off-season for the Monsters of the Midway.