The season of now or never

It's all there for the Bears to either make the best of it or mess up

Updated: September 7, 2012, 10:17 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPNChicago.com

There's an old saying about excuses. They say they're like ... gallbladders. And until a cholecystectomy, everybody has one.

Starting with the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game two seasons ago -- when Jay Cutler sprained a ligament in his knee -- the Chicago Bears have had a lot of excuses for the ways their seasons ended. Last season it was Cutler fracturing his thumb after a 7-3 start, causing a tailspin that resulted in an 8-8 record and missing the playoffs.

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