The Chicago Bears (8-8) finished their 2011 NFL Regular Season schedule in a rather unimpressive fashion, losing all but one game without their starting quarterback Jay Cutler, and missing the playoffs despite looking like a strong Super Bowl contender midseason.
Since then, the Bears have fired their general manager and seen their offensive coordinator Mike Martz resign over philosophical differences. It is no surprise, then, that the Bears did not gain any ground in the CBS Sports Power Rankings:
21, Bears: They borrowed a page from the Colts: Starting quarterback goes down and your season is over. That says a lot about Jay Cutler.
Interestingly, the Colts also fired their GM Chris Polian on Tuesday after Indy, playing for the first time in over 10 years without QB Peyton Manning, finished the 2011 season with a 2-14 record.
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