The Chicago Bears have not won many games since Matt Eberflus took over head coaching duties.
To be fair, the losing was done by design last season as Eberflus’ boss, Ryan Poles, ripped the roster down to the studs. The tanking paid off as the Bears ended up with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Poles flipped that asset to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver D.J. Moore and a load of draft picks.
Losing last year was acceptable. Losing this season, not so much.
The team has not gotten better on the field despite Poles’ offseason efforts to upgrade the roster.
The offense is in chaos as the offensive line has been banged up and quarterback Justin Fields has not made sufficient strides as a passer.
Eberflus had to take over as defensive coordinator after Alan Williams abruptly resigned for personal/HR reasons.
The defense has improved over the last couple of games with Eberflus in charge. It did take speculation of him losing his job to start blitzing more.
The improvement is nothing to write home about as it has gone from plain awful to bad.
Eberflus tries to be like Bill Belichick with the media. The problem is he does not have the Super Bowl rings to do that. Instead, he comes across as a bumbling fool.
That is why the Flus’ days are numbered.
A head coach with a defensive background needs to be a special leader. While the team has been playing hard for him, Eberflus has not exactly inspired the group to play beyond its talent level.
In addition, a defensive-minded head coach must have a good offensive coordinator. Luke Getsy clearly does not fit the good play-caller mold. Part of it has been his inability to develop Fields.
Getsy is also inconsistent at play-calling and has poor play designs. It does not help that he keeps trying to make Fields become like Aaron Rodgers.
All this has led to stacking losses.
As this season slowly crawls to its inevitable terrible record ending, the only silver lining is it will mean Eberflus will be a defensive coordinator with another team next season.
Unless there is a major winning streak to end the season, there is no way Matt Eberflus should return as the Chicago Bears head coach for the 2024 season.
Since Fields is failing to make the necessary improvements as a pocket passer this season, Poles will likely draft his replacement.
You cannot let Eberflus ruin another young quarterback. While the Flus is a good man, he needs to receive his pink slip after this season (or during) if a change in course at quarterback happens.
That new quarterback needs to be matched up with an offensive guru.
An offensive-minded candidate is the best way to mentor the QB Poles eventually drafts. There are three bright offensive minds he could tab that we have not discussed before.