State of the Franchise
During the first half of the 2012 season, the Bears looked like championship contenders, going 7-1, a run capped by a 51-point outburst against the Titans in Week 9. However, they went on to lose five of their next six games to finish the season at 10-6 and out of the playoffs. It was a showing that cost coach Lovie Smith his job. Like the team, QB Jay Cutler had an up and down campaign, throwing for a modest 202.2 yards per game, with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. On the plus side, in his first year with Chicago, WR Brandon Marshall caught 118 passes (on a whopping 192 targets) for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the teamís backfield was fairly productive, as Matt Forte managed 1,094 rushing yards in 15 games, though he was held to a career-low 44 catches. For his part, the bruising Michael Bush ran for 411 yards on 114 carries, while scoring five times. That skill position quartet returns in 2013, with a new coaching staff and You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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