The Chicago Bears have lost 12 consecutive games dating back to the 2022-2023 NFL regular season and the saving grace that the team had last season does not appear to be valid this season.
Last season, everyone knew the Bears’ plan was to tank. First-year Bears’ general manager Ryan Poles deconstructed the roster to a point where many of the Bears’ starting players from last season are holding onto third-string assignments with other NFL teams if not on practice squads.
First-year head coach Matt Eberflus was given a pass in terms of wins and losses, emphasizing the culture the team was building while trying to figure out if quarterback Justin Fields was the answer at the position.
That is why it would seem that as of last January, Eberflus hit all his markers in terms of his first season with the Bears.
While Fields still showed that improvement was needed in the passing game, he proved that he possessed a superstar trait in his ability to orchestrate quarterback runs.
Ever since the night of the 2023 NFL Draft, it has been downhill for the Bears.
The reason why draft night is the market for the beginning of what may be the end of Eberflus is because of the team’s choice in the first round. The Bears, despite the fact they hyped up the culture that had been created under Eberflus and Poles, avoided taking Jalen Carter because the belief was that the team did not have the infrastructure to support him.
While Darnell Wright has struggled in his first two games, there have been promising signs that he could be a fixture at the right tackle position for the Bears. The issue is that Carter has already made NFL history for a rookie’s ability to disrupt games.
But, sure, as we have grown accustomed to doing in Eberflus’ tenure with the Bears, let’s give him a pass for that as well.
Matt Eberflus has been a failure as the Chicago Bears head coach.
For a head coach with the principles of hustle and intensity, Eberflus lacked those traits in the Pre-Season. The thing that has been made increasingly clear after the Bears’ first two games of the regular season is that they had no true off-season plan.
That is why they felt Justin Fields did not need playing time in the Pre-Season even though there were reports every day from the team’s beat reporters on how Fields had struggled. Fields is broken and one would have to question what Eberflus and the team’s coaching staff were seeing during the off-season that made them think otherwise.
But, sure, let’s give Eberflus a pass for that because he is not the offensive coordinator.
What about the Bears’ culture problem?
Chase Claypool felt so comfortable with his position in the team that he was more than willing to take the opening game of the season off despite being actually on the field. Were there any consequences for Claypool’s actions? Oh, he had a talking to and that will set him straight.
Eberflus has been afforded the privilege of having a lot of passes so far in his tenure as the Bears’ head coach but has he had any successes?
The fact that you had to look up from your screen just now and think about what Eberflus has done right is the reason he should be on the hot seat if he isn’t already. Eberflus’ losing streak is only going to continue this Sunday when the Bears face the Kansas City Chiefs and there does not appear to be anything that the overpromoted coordinator can hang his hat on.