Change is officially upon the Chicago Bears as they have a new head coach in place in the form of former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and a new general manager in place in the former for former Kansas City Chiefs executive Ryan Poles. The hirings were a slight surprise to many, especially in reference to Eberflus.
After the Bears made the decision to move on from former general manager Ryan Pace and former head coach Matt Nagy after the 2021 regular season, it appeared that the Bears were looking for a new regime that can maximize the potential of second year-quarterback Justin Fields. Poles was a start in that direction as he was directly involved in the Chiefs’ drafting of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Meanwhile. the hire of Eberflus was a change from that sentiment. After the Bears fired Nagy, speculation was that the Bears would target offensive minded head coaches such as Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll or former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. Instead, Eberflus was the selection for the Bears as their new head coach.
The fact that Eberflus, with a defensive background, is the new Bears’ head coach is not going to be a deterrent to the development of Fields. Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen confirmed that belief this past Sunday as he firmly cemented hisself as a top-tier quarterback in the NFL despite having a defensive minded head coach in Sean McDermott. Allen is proof that as long as a team has a quality offensive coordinator, a quarterback can still develop.
The NFL Conference Championship games will allow the Chicago Bears to scout potential offensive coordinators.
In fact, there are three offensive coordinators that the Bears should take a look at during the NFL Conference Championship playoff games this weekend.