1. Angelo went to the well too often looking for free-agent linemen
Angelo may have no choice but to go fishing in the free-agent waters once again this offseason, mainly because he has refused to target young blockers early in the draft and keeps coming up empty with his second-day selections.
2. The Marinelli Effect turned out to be nothing but a mirage
Yes, good coaching and smart scheming can help extract every last ounce of ability from lesser-talented players, but having no difference makers makes it near impossible to win week after week.
3. Cutler has no margin for error trying to lead this offense
While Cutler certainly deserves some of the blame for throwing a less-than-perfect pass, a bigger receiver with better ball skills might have knocked it away from Griffin and saved his quarterback an INT.
4. Minnesota is set up to be dominant on offense for quite some time
Plus, with this offensive line protecting him and this much talent at his disposal at every skill position, there's no reason why Favre can't play another two or three years since he looked as good as ever in Week 12 – he's the MVP right now.
5. Losing to the Rams might be the kiss of death for Smith
Losing to St. Louis – his former employer – at Soldier Field would be nothing short of catastrophic for coach Lovie Smith, and it might be enough to warrant a pink slip.
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