July 11, 2012 12:00 AM
" (CBS) For the first time in my adult life, I am optimistic about the Bears. Not cautious or guarded optimism, or optimism with an asterisk and footnote disclaimer. Legitimate optimism. And it scares the crap out of me.
Why am I optimistic? I will explain in my 2012 Chicago Bears positional preview.
This is my evaluation of how the Bears have – or haven’t – improved their talent level per position group since 2011, and an overall assessment of each. First up is the offense.
(Note: *-denotes rookie.)
Quarterback: Jay Cutler, Jason Campbell, Josh McCown, Matt Blanchard*
There’s no doubt that the Bears’ failed back-up plan at quarterback in 2011 derailed a promising 7-3 start. All playoff hopes were shattered like the bones in Jay Cutler’s right thumb, and the hand-off to Caleb Hanie was a botched, fumbling failure.
Think about this though, Cutler’s broken thumb may have been a blessing in disguise. If Cutler didn’t break his thumb, the Bears would’ve most likely made the playoffs and thus, there’s a strong possibility that Jerry Angelo would still be calling the shots for the Bears today "
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Friday, July 06, 2012 by Marin Independent-Journal
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 by San Jose Mercury News
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by StandardNet
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