Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus has proven in the second season of his tenure that he does not know how to explain decisions during press conferences.
Rather than walk reporters through what happened, such as why Montez Sweat played less than 70 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last week, Eberflus often defers the blame to the players or talks around the situation.
It’s been an increasingly bad look for the Bears’ head coach.
In fact, after the Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving, Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell provided a master class on what Eberflus should do in situations when he was clearly wrong with his decision-making.
In the third quarter of the game, the Lions were faced with a fourth-and-four situation at their own 23-yard line. The Lions were trailing 23-14 at that point in the game and lined up in punt formation. Rather than proceed with the punt, the Lions opted for the fake with a direct snap to linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The play was snuffed out by the Packers and Reeves-Maybin was stopped while not gaining a single yard.
The Packers gained possession and scored a touchdown three plays later.
It was a game-changing decision for Campbell and the Lions and rather than talk around what happened, the Lions’ head coach owned up to the mistake after the game.
That right there highlights the difference in the culture between the Bears and Lions. Eberflus’ best “quality” in his first two seasons has been culture but it is a culture where the coaching staff has been questioned by several players while also having two coaches removed due to HR-related incidents.
Campbell taking ownership of his mistake is what Eberflus has failed to do in his time as the Bears’ head coach. It’s another reason why the Bears must move on from Eberflus after this season.