It’s easy to have watched yesterday’s game and look at the plethora of issues the Chicago Bears need to address across the board.
Whether it’s protection to pass rush to playcalling to Justin Fields, one could throw a stone and hit something the Bears have to fix going forward. However, going forward it isn’t the correction of any of these issues that should be used to evaluate this organization, it’s wins.
When will the Chicago Bears – specifically the Chicago Bears brass – start being held accountable for their win-loss record? Since Ryan Poles, Ian Cunningham, Matt Eberflus, Luke Getsy, and Alan Williams took over, the Chicago Bears are 3-15.
Three wins. One of which was in a fluke monsoon against a quarterback no longer on the team that appears superbowl bound. Another against a team that should have had the number one overall pick if not for a fluke ending in Week 18.
That leaves one true quality win in the latest leadership group of the Chicago Bears. All anyone has heard out of Chicago is the stacked resume out of any of them. Poles’ experience in Kansas City, Cunningham’s value to Philadelphia, Eberflus’ consistently great defenses, and the faith Aaron Rodgers has in Luke Getsy.
If the Bears played half as well as people speak about their coaches and front office, they’d be a perennial playoff team. Yet, for all the talk about hitting, intensity, the ball, and situational awareness, the Bears seem to lack in every category.
The Chicago Bears need to begin to be held accountable for their results on the field.
For a team to spend as much as the Chicago Bears did this offseason and somehow look worse than the team that finished the season raises major questions about the belief that the locker room has in what is being preached to them on the field.
It is only week 1 and there is time for the Bears to improve, and in all likelihood, they will, but winning matters. NFL teams don’t start winning when the roster is finished being built, being a winning team is something NFL teams build towards, and so far the Chicago Bears have lost 11 games in a row.
So for this year, for this team, enough with the ‘rebuilding year’, ‘Justin Fields needs better protection’, and ‘the defense is so bad’ narratives. The team has enough talent to win enough games in order to not be picked in the top 10 of the draft.
Frankly, simply stating the Bears should avoid picking in the top 10 feels like moving of the goalpost after 1 game. Yet, here we are and it’s incumbent on Matt Eberflus and Justin Fields to figure out if they intend on preserving their anticipated longevity at the helm of the Chicago Bears.