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Bears' success story written by players

Talent -- not the GM, coaches or adversity -- restored Chicago back to respectability

Updated: January 6, 2011, 9:22 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It was a conciliatory and, yes, gracious Jerry Angelo who addressed the media Thursday at Halas Hall, which was a far cry from a year ago at this time.

It was then, you may remember, that the Three Bears -- Angelo, CEO Ted Phillips and head coach Lovie Smith -- acted as though reporters had eaten their porridge, broken their chairs and ransacked their bedrooms.

After firing six assistant coaches on offense, the obvious conclusion to be drawn, aside from appeasing ...

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