When Bears general manager Phil Emery fired Lovie Smith on Monday morning after nine years as the head coach, the news stunned many fans and longtime observers of the club.
The best indication of how severe a particular injury might be is usually in the steps the team takes in the hours after it occurs.
The immediate effects of the Bears 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers were the easy part.
The Bears have beaten some good teams this year. The only thing that matters now, however, is if they can beat one more.