Sunday night represented another opportunity for Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus to show that foundations were finally being laid in his second season with the team but the end result was a conclusion that Bears fans have seen far too many times before.
The Bears lost to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in a game that was over at halftime. The Bears were outmatched at every level of the game on Sunday and rather than incorporating the coaching staff while talking about what went wrong, Eberflus pointed the finger directly at his players.
"“We had a lot of penalties that set us back, set our drives back on offense,” head coach Matt Eberflus said after the game. “The operation wasn’t as clean as it needed to be. Then on defense it was simply about fundamentals. It was about basics.”-Matt Eberflus via NBC Sports Chicago"
Sunday night was yet another example of how Matt Eberflus has failed at his job of being the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
For a head coach who has preached hustle and intensity as a misguided attempt to hide the fact that he was an over-promoted coordinator, Eberflus has to begin to look within at the problems that consistently plague the Bears.
The opening play of the game for the Bears offensively was a perfect example of how Eberflus’ coaching principles are not being heard by his players. Bears’ rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent connected with wide receiver Darnell Mooney on a 41-yard pass. Mooney was ruled to be down by an inadvertent whistle but the replay confirmed that the Bears’ wide receiver was never touched, Rather than continuing play and running to what would have been a touchdown, Mooney looked back and conceded with the whistle that was blown in error.
This Bears’ team plays with no natural instincts and that ultimately should reflect on how poorly coached they are. The end result will come at the end of the season when the Bears will undoubtedly move on from Eberflus and the only hope from the fans will be that the team just doesn’t get the hire wrong…again.