5 Things We Learned From the Chicago Bears' 2014 Season

By Michael Terrill

5 Things We Learned From the Chicago Bears' 2014 Season

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The Chicago Bears finished the 2014 NFL season with a record of 5-11. To make matters worse, it was by far one of the lowest points in the long history of the franchise. Here are the five things we learned from the Bears’ 2014 season.

5. Phil Emery Really Messed Up

Phil Emery Really Messed Up
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5. Phil Emery Really Messed Up

Phil Emery Really Messed Up
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Even though Bears general manager Phil Emery lost his job on Black Monday, the damage has already been done. The organization has to figure Emery’s executive decisions set the franchise back at least five years. He fired Lovie Smith to bring in an offensive head coach who saw his philosophy completely backfire in his second year. What Emery accomplished is laughable at best, and the team is better off without him.

4. A Defensive-Minded Head Coach Is Necessary

A Defensive-Minded Head Coach Is Necessary
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4. A Defensive-Minded Head Coach Is Necessary

A Defensive-Minded Head Coach Is Necessary
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Bring in Mike Singletary, Rex Ryan, Dan Quinn or Todd Bowles because a defensive-minded head coach is exactly what Chicago needs in order to get back on top. The offensive experiment was cute, but the Bears are a franchise that historically thrives off defense.

3. Jay Cutler Doesn’t Deserve Elite Money

Jay Cutler Doesn’t Deserve Elite Money
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3. Jay Cutler Doesn’t Deserve Elite Money

Jay Cutler Doesn’t Deserve Elite Money
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The biggest circus act Emery came up with was giving quarterback Jay Cutler elite money earlier this year. The signal caller returned the favor by posting the second-most interceptions in his career. Cutler doesn’t deserve elite quarterback money because he’s far from what anyone would describe an elite quarterback. He’s average at best, which is why him making $126.7 million over seven years is hysterical.

2. Problems Extend Beyond Jay Cutler

Problems Extend Beyond Jay Cutler
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2. Problems Extend Beyond Jay Cutler

Problems Extend Beyond Jay Cutler
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As much heat as Cutler receives, the reality is Chicago’s problems extend far beyond the team’s quarterback. The Bears are quickly fixing the front office and coaching staff problems, but more than that will have to be done if they want to win more than five games in 2015. They had one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL and the defense is a joke. More specifically, the pass defense must be improved drastically.

1. Leadership Is Non-Existent

Leadership Is Non-Existent
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1. Leadership Is Non-Existent

Leadership Is Non-Existent
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There is no single player the Bears can look up to as their leader. Cutler may get paid like a leader, but he’s far from anything that would resemble someone who is capable of leading a team into battle. It’s the non-existent leadership that allowed Chicago to drop five straight games to end the season. Bringing in someone like coach Mike Shanahan could fix the problem, but the Bears still need a player to step up and play the role on the field.

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