Final 2015-16 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Final 2015-16 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune Ka'Deem Carey walks off the field after a 24-20 loss to the Detroit Lions. (Jan. 3, 2016)

The Bears finished the regular season 6-10 and will look to turn things around this off-season and beyond. Here are the final NFL power rankings from various media outlets around the web:

ESPN: 25 (Last week: 25)

"A 6-10 season is only a one-win improvement over 2014, but overall improvements were made. The defense didn't rank 30th or worse in scoring for the first time since 2012." 24 (Last week: 21)

"John Fox, in a sweet, charcoal check-print blazer straight outta 1972, said "I'm not proud of our record, but that will come." Not with Matt Forte, a free agent-to-be. With Jeremy Langford waiting in the wings, Forte's last game in Chicago was most assuredly this past Sunday. A little perspective on No. 22: Since 2008, Forte has compiled 12,718 yards from scrimmage, over 700 yards more than the next-closest player ( Adrian Peterson). Where he ends up will be one of the more interesting offseason subplots. Still, he is an all-time Chicago Bear."

Yahoo Sports: 23 (Last week: 20)

"The biggest question becomes, if offensive coordinator Adam Gase leaves for a head-coaching job as expected, do the gains Jay Cutler made in 2015 stick? He had probably his most efficient season, making strides at age 32. You don't see that often. Will he go back to old habits without Gase?"

USA Today: 22 (Last week: 19)

"Could the forward progress they made in 2015 be negated if John Fox's talented coaching staff is gutted by other teams?"

CBS Sports: 21 (Last week: 21)

"They will likely lose offensive coordinator Adam Gase. That will be a tough hit to the offense."

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