Hope is back as the chances of there being a 2011 season are getting greater and greater. We're going to take a step away from all the draft hubbub for now and see what the Monsters of the Midway might have in store for the NFL world come this August.
What does the statement "one game" mean to you? In reality it could mean many things: a win or a loss, an individual match during the season, playing something once, etc. Chicago fans might have a different mindset for the statement.
In Chicago, "one game" means the amount of games they were away from the Super Bowl. A win against Green Bay in the NFC Championship would have completely changed Super Bowl 45.
Even with a dreadful offensive line (in my opinion, the cornerstone of a good offense), Chicago managed to make their way all the way to the NFC Championship. That's huge even with the number of improvements they need on both sides of the ball.
Nevertheless, the Bears still have a good shot at getting back to where they left off last season. Solid picking in the draft and smart free agency moves could even land them at Lucas Oil Field for Super Bowl 46.
Here's what the Bears could do next season.