Re­trac­ing the steps that took Bears from a 2014 farce to a 2018 force

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - SPORTS - MARK PO­TASH [email protected]­ | @MarkPo­tash

Four years ago on Thanks­giv­ing Day at Ford Field, the Bears were try­ing to win their third game in 12 days but lost 34-17 to the Lions af­ter lead­ing 14-3 in the sec­ond quar­ter. It was the first of five con­sec­u­tive losses as the Bears fin­ished 5-11 in coach Marc Trest­man’s sec­ond year.

It was a dread­ful end to a dreary sea­son that fu­eled dis­il­lu­sion­ment. Just two years ear­lier, the Bears were 10-6 un­der Lovie Smith in 2012. What seemed like a bold, pro­gres­sive move by gen­eral man­ager Phil Emery — fir­ing Lovie and hir­ing Trest­man to max­i­mize Jay Cut­ler and in­vig­o­rate a dis­ap­point­ing of­fense — turned out to be a huge step back­ward.

Four years later, the Bears are 8-3 af­ter beat­ing the Lions 23-16 on Thanks­giv­ing


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