The Chicago Bears capped off one of the most embarrassing starts to any season I can remember by getting absolutely demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The time for optimism is long gone; it is now time to begin asking serious questions about the direction of this god-awful, spineless, depressing franchise.
I know that the Kansas City Chiefs are the benchmark for modern football teams, but I’m tired of making excuses. Chicago is an amazing sports city with the most dedicated fans you can find, yet those same fans are forced to stomach disgrace after disgrace.
Not since the disastrous second year of Marc Trestman have I felt this defeated and hopeless as a fan of the Chicago Bears. In fact, it’s worse. They are a national laughingstock and that’s putting it kindly.
It got so bad during this game that the NFL, after dubbing the Bears-Chiefs as the NFL Game of the Week, switched the national broadcast at halftime to the Cardinals-Cowboys game. Do the Bears realize how inept they are as a franchise for that to happen at halftime? Likely, no.
In the last two weeks of these takeaways, I’ve resorted to singling out one or two plays from Roschon Johnson or the young secondary as something to be positive about.
Unlike Matt Eberflus and the rest of this team, I refuse to keep making excuses. It’s time to be honest about the Chicago Bears, no matter how much it hurts. From top to bottom, this organization deserves all of the criticism it has received and will receive.
1. Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus talks a big game, but he is a complete fraud
3 wins, 17 losses.
That is Matt Eberflus’ record as the Chicago Bears head coach. He has the impressive distinguishment of being the owner of the worst win/loss record in Chicago Bears head coach history. George Halas is likely rolling in his grave.
When he was hired, Eberflus said all the right things. He talked a big game about prioritizing the little things, about his cute H.I.T.S. principle, about holding people to a high standard in the film by handing out “loafs” to players who didn’t provide maximum effort.
Say what you will about any of the verbal diarrhea that Eberflus spewed and continues to spew. The results speak for themselves, and they are absolutely horrid. For the love of God, point me to a player who has improved this season. Every single one has regressed or been stagnant. The coaching and development on this team are completely absent.
If Eberflus is handing out “loafs,” then he should give himself 17 of them. Perhaps 18, because he hired this coaching staff. As the Chicago Bears head coach, he has shown that he has zero ability to affect the results. All he does is lose, make excuses in the postgame press conferences, and then lose some more.
For a man who prides himself on his defensive prowess, he certainly appears to have none. No matter who is on the field, no matter who the opponent is, no matter what the situation is, the Chicago Bears’ defense is only consistent in one area: their ability to give opposing offenses supreme confidence.
The Chicago Bears have now lost 13 straight games dating back to last season, the longest losing streak in franchise history, and they have allowed 25 or more points in every single one of those games. If that sounds rare to you, that’s because it is. Our beloved franchise, with its well-known tradition for defense, is the only team in NFL history to do so.
I’ve heard the excuses made for him and the excuses he makes for this team. I’m not buying a single one. If he’s the defensive guru that he’s supposed to be, he would’ve been able to extract a better performance from his defense in ANY of the last 13 games. He has not, because he’s not.
The NFL stands for the National Football League, but regarding results, it’s frequently quoted as being “Not For Long.” If there’s any justice in Chicago, Eberflus’ tenure as head coach would not last much longer.