There has been another change to the Chicago Bears coaching staff as The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain and Adam Jahns have reported that running backs coach David Walker has been fired by the team.
The Chicago Bears have dismissed their second assistant coach of the season as running backs coach David Walker was fired on Wednesday.
For a team that preaches in-season stability with their coaching staff, Walker’s firing is now the second HR-related departure from the staff. Defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ resigned from the team in September after a violation of the team’s HR policy. Since Williams’ departure, the Bears haven’t disclosed any more information regarding the events that led to his resignation.
Bears’ head coach Matt Eberflus is scheduled to meet with reporters on Wednesday and it would seem inevitable that he will be asked about Walker’s departure. Eberflus likely will defer to the HR investigation when asked about Walker’s firing but there would seem to be a culture problem building within the walls at Halas Hall.
The Bears’ coaching staff has been plagued with dysfunction in the season season as Eberflus as the team’s head coach. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and the team’s coaching staff were called out by not only Justin Fields but Chase Claypool last month for their inability to work with the strengths of each player.
But, the most concerning development is the trend of HR violations by Eberflus’ assistants. With how the Bears fumbled the messaging around Williams’ resignation last month, it will be important that Eberflus provides a clear update on Wednesday when he meets with reporters.
One thing is certain, this will certainly be another thing that Bears’ president Kevin Warren will need to monitor. Warren was in the spotlight during the Bears’ loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night and there has been a sense that he is waiting until the end of the season to make full-scale changes to the team’s football operations.