Solid offseason has improved Bears' chances

Updated: April 2, 2004, 1:46 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Of the 20 teams that failed to reach the postseason last year, seven decided that it was time to get a new head coach. Change can be a good thing, but the success of these teams relies less on a new head coach and more on the moves that are made from the beginning of March to the end of April.

So far, the Chicago Bears have done a great deal this offseason to increase their chances of making a playoff run.

The Bears still have needs, most notably a starting defensive tackle and another receiver to fit into new offensive coordinator Terry Shea's version of the old Don Coryell offense. But the club has done a great deal in the offseason.