It’s hard to believe, but last season the Bears were sitting at the doorstep of the Super Bowl and were just a few plays short of getting there. If you didn’t know that the Bears were in the NFC Championship game last year, you would have never thought that they were previously a playoff team. This team is a mere shadow of itself now and isn’t playing up to anyone’s set expectations.
So why are the Bears playoff pretenders and not playoff contenders? What is going to make them miss the playoffs after getting to the NFC Championship last year?
Let’s look at eight reasons why the Bears are playoff pretenders as opposed to playoff contenders.