Three weeks from now, at the end of the NFL regular season, Chicago Bears fans may look back to Sunday's loss against the Cleveland Browns as the one that put the final nail in the coffin for head coach Matt Eberflus.
For the third time this season, the Bears blew a game where they had at least a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Despite there being momentum last week that Eberflus could return for a third season as the team's head coach, Sunday's loss proved why he can't.
Even if there was a path to Eberflus explaining away the team's failures in the three losses to the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, and Cleveland Browns; there would be explanations needed for the Bears' going winless during their first four games of the season and the fact that two of his assistant coaches had to be dismissed due to HR-related incidents.
Eberflus can't even fall back on the idea that there is a good culture in place in the team's locker room. The Bears' locker room was devastated after their loss to the Browns and the reactions of the players would seem to suggest that coaching staff is being heavily questioned.
Publicly, the Bears are giving off the front that they have not made a decision yet.
Despite what Jordan Schultz believes, and that is not to say he hasn't heard this information, this appears to be an example where a national reporter may not have a full grasp on the local scene. What's been clear in the 48 hours since the Bears' loss on Sunday is that Eberflus may not be keeping the Bears together as once believed.
Eberflus can not be brought back for a third season. While there is no doubt that he has proven that he is a good if not great defensive coordinator, he has also proved his shortcomings as a head coach in the NFL.