After a 2-3 start, there were a lot of rumblings about how the ship is sinking, there needs to be a total overhaul, and Mike Martz needs to go sit up in a high school press box and record stats.
Well... Maybe Martz should still do that, but nonetheless, the Bears have steadied the ship a little more and now look like they can contend down the stretch.
Losses against the Saints, Packers, and Lions, ok, those are good teams, all of which we expect to have 10 or more wins by seasons end. But the Bears have beaten the teams they SHOULD beat. The Falcons aren't some push over, the Panthers are better than their record shows, and the Bucs aren't exactly thinking top pick in the draft either, the Bears are okay people!
Granted, the needs for this team continue to be glaring (OL, No 1 WR, etc..) but that will come I believe with 4 picks in the top 3 rounds next April. Right now, this is what they have, and I think it's enough to get to 10 wins, barring major injuries.
So how about you all?
I can give 'em a B. I think with the core players they have at key positions, it's been enough to produce when they've needed to. I think 4-3 is a reasonable start given the difficult stretch early on in their schedule, and I would most definitely label it as difficult. I myself see no reason why they can't win 6 of their last 9 and grab a Wild Card spot, with how their schedule looks from here on out.
I also think Detroit's going to fall a little and struggle to finish at 10-6 as teams begin to understand their shtick and how to play it. The 5th spot is a real option for the Bears going forward.