No. 76: Chicago Bears

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:59 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 74 Title track: 47 Ownership: 64 Coaching: 70 Players: 50 Fan relations: 73 Affordability: 101 Stadium experience: 91 Bang for the buck: 93

The Bears have traditionally been purveyors of a hard-nosed defense, but in 2011 they were the victims of some hard knocks: Jay Cutler's broken thumb (then Matt Forte's torn MCL) initiated a five-game, late-season skid that kept Chicago out of the postseason. You can hardly blame the coaches or players for that kind of misfortune ...

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