1. The NFL is all about throwing the football these days
Don't be fooled by that "defense wins championships" expression just because the Steelers had the No. 1 D this year, since they were shredded by Kurt Warner and Co. in the fourth quarter and would have lost the game if not for Ben Roethlisberger leading them down the field in the final minutes.
2. Quality QBs make poor offensive lines better
Kyle Orton may very well become a better signal caller with improved play from his blockers, but the Bears need to develop their offense from the outside in and go get some playmakers.
3. Pressure is paramount on the defensive side of the ball
Not only do the Midway Monsters have to get better sack production from their front four next season, but this defensive scheme simply must get more creative and more aggressive with its blitz packages.
4. Special teams are the game within the game
Never overlook the importance of special teams, so Bears fans need to appreciate what they have in punter Brad Maynard and kicker Robbie Gould – and watch out if Devin Hester gets back to All-Pro form as a return man.
5. Turnarounds can be instantaneous in this league nowadays
While the Bears didn't look anything like a Super Bowl contender except maybe in their Week 1 upset of the Colts at Indianapolis, a few shrewd moves from the front office and a couple of career years from some key players is all it takes to get right back in the hunt.
John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
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