5 Chicago Bears takeaways from the Week 11 travesty vs. Detroit

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 19: Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 19, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 19: Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 19, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Bears rookie CB Tyrique Stevenson may have had his breakout performance in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

With the final two takeaways, we examine the current oxymoron that is Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles.

4. Tyrique Stevenson skips knocking on the door and kicks it down instead.

It can’t be easy to be Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles these days.

For all of the good he’s done, he’s made a few very suspect decisions. Luckily, second-round draft pick Tyrique Stevenson does not appear to be one at cornerback.

During the 2023 NFL Draft, many questioned the need to draft Stevenson. While we had a clear hole at CB2, many believed that we needed to beef up the EDGE position or look elsewhere. Instead, Poles stuck to his guns and drafted CB Tyrique Stevenson out of Miami.

Although he had a good scouting report, the situation was not all roses when it came time to produce on the football field.

Since the start of the season, Tyrique Stevenson lined up opposite Jaylon Johnson as the CB2. For most of the beginning of the season, opponents targeted Stevenson as they knew his inexperience.

However, that may end soon. Just look at what Tyrique Stevenson was able to do to the Detroit Lions.

When you don’t allow a single completion against you despite over 30 pass attempts as a coverage corner, you are going to raise eyebrows around the league. Then you add two forced turnovers (Goff’s first interception as well as a forced fumble on Special Teams)?

Tyrique Stevenson may have needed time to adjust to the speed of the NFL, but it looks as if he is catching up quickly. If he can make this kind of performance become the norm, then the combination of Johnson/Stevenson/Gordon has a good chance to be gamewreckers going forward.

5. I’m tired of discussing Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy. I would bet you are too.

I didn’t want to waste my breath on these two for another week if I’m being honest.

Unfortunately, I can’t hold my integrity intact in a column like this if I didn’t mention these two bozos as big takeaways. To stabilize my sanity, I waited to discuss them until last.

We will start with Matt Eberflus, who impressively broke my heart during this game quicker than any ex I’ve ever had.

With the obvious defensive improvement since he took over play-calling duties (outside of the Chargers game), I was ready with 4:17 left in the football game to shower Eberflus with praise this week.

Then the last 4:17 happened and my heart shattered into a million pieces.

Let me head off this argument immediately: Yes, the Chicago Bears benefit from losing at this point. It is obvious we are not a finished product and that we need more blue-chip talent.

But if I showered Eberflus with praise following an epic collapse, I would not be an honest journalist. It sucks to say, but he has to shoulder the blame for losing this game after Justin Fields gave the Chicago Bears a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter.

He began coaching not to win. He got passive. Yet, these are not the most egregious errors. That distinction belongs to Montez Sweat and his playing time, particularly during the final Lions offensive drive of the game.

How Eberflus continues to justify his decisions in crucial moments reeks of job-saving bias. He speaks as if he has the reputation of Bill Belichick despite owning several historic records for being a complete loser.

I’ve been BEGGING for accountability from this staff all season to no avail. Even if they don’t believe they are at fault in their heart of hearts, it does not matter. As the head coach of a losing football team, you should point the finger at yourself for the sake of your locker room.

Eberflus never does. I’m beginning to think he never will. Excuse my passion please, as I began to have hope in him. At least the same cannot be said about Luke Getsy.

Due to my white-hot burning hatred of this imposter who calls himself a playcaller and offensive coordinator, I will limit my words on Matt Nagy. I mean, Luke Getsy. My apologies, it’s easy to mix the two up.

Even when he randomly decides to construct a game plan suited to his player’s strengths, Getsy’s cowardice manages to shine through brightly as if I were looking directly at the sun.

I don’t know what to say about it anymore, so I’ll let one of the greatest of all time do so.

Despite the inadequacy of the Chicago Bears coaching staff, there was a lot to feel good about this week. I would implore the fans of the Second City to focus their thoughts, passion, and opinions on that.

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