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Chicago Bears: 7 Lessons for Lovie Smith from Squandered Promise After 2006 Run

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Chicago Bears: 7 Lessons for Lovie Smith from Squandered Promise After 2006 Run
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Despite their long and storied tradition, the Chicago Bears have not won the Super Bowl in over a quarter century. They did, however, return to the big game back in '06 but failed to win the big prize.

Meanwhile, how did they do it? Were they lucky or was there a plan? Is there something to learn from this and if they do ever get back to the dance, will they be better dance partners next time because of things that head coach Lovie Smith has learned?

As Bears fans, we certainly hope so.

Prior to last season, most of us had very little faith in Smith and his coaches. After a fairly successful campaign in 2010, however, perhaps some confidence has been restored.

But let's face it, the Packers are only going to get tougher as they have players returning from injury and wile they still have Aaron Rodgers at the helm. Plus, guys like Brian Urlacher aren't getting any younger.

We came close last year, but if we get even closer in 2011, assuming there is a season, what lessons will Lovie need to apply from the past?

Let's give him some unsolicited advice, shall we?

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