The Chicago Bears faced a steep grading curve in 2012 considering they had to make the playoffs or face a coaching change. When they started out 7-1, the curve became even steeper and made their ultimate collapse all the more severe.
Even teams that blow 7-1 starts to miss the playoffs and get their coach fired have MVPs.
The Bears often have had seasons devoid of individual accomplishment, but plenty of players stood out in a season that once held so much promise.
Playoff hopes for the Bears have now dwindled to only a wild card following their 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday. The Bears no longer control their own fate. It's a collapse from 7-1 to now being 8-6 and outside of the playoff picture.