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AP Pro32 comments about Bears
NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Chicago Bears by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 8): Protect Cutler and Bears are back in the playoffs.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 8): Offseason moves make Bears legit playoff candidates again.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 9): Bears won only eight games in 2011, but are much better team heading into this season than at end of last year.
Chris Berman (ESPN, 11): Bears were rolling until offensive injuries.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 11): Bears have stayed course with Lovie Smith and will reap rewards in 2012. Brandon Marshall is a BEAST if he keeps himself out of trouble and adds explosion to already potent offense. Healthy Jay Cutler is a must.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 11): Offense will be sound and present classic conflict of defending Forte in run game or Cutler/Marshall pass game.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11): Bears will have better luck with injuries, and Brandon Marshall makes passing attack more explosive.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 12): New coordinator Mike Tice adds his meat-and-potatoes style to offense that lost its way with Mike Martz's go-for-broke style that left Jay Cutler bruised and battered.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 16): Quarterback Jay Cutler should take less beating in new offensive coordinator Mike Tice's system. But just like last season, Bears project to being third-best team in NFC North.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 18): Healthy Jay Cutler is key to NFC wild-card run.
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Updated July 31, 2012