After having an NFC playoff spot all but locked up after their five-game winning streak, the Chicago Bears have collapsed.
Or are at least collapsing.
It wouldn't be a major collapse, though. Let's say the Bears drop three of their next four games and finish with a final record of 8-8—no one would be totally surprised.
The team lost its two best offensive players, probably their two most valuable players, to major injuries.
The team's backup players haven't exactly been great—especially at quarterback—but injuries are a part of the game and teams need to know how to deal with them.
Lovie Smith and the team's coaching staff are in charge of evaluating talent and keeping the best possible players on the roster so that the team can excel.
If Smith decided Caleb Hanie was good enough to back up Jay Cutler and fill in for him in case of injury—he wasn't—that's on the head coach and the general manager.
Hanie is still young and has only two NFL starts, but if he isn't the right choice at quarterback and the Bears do end up collapsing, a lot of the blame would fall on Lovie Smith.