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SAD NEWS ON TOP BAD Chicago Bears Current Coach has just died…….

The Bears have had some abysmal head coaches throughout their history as a charter franchise. Unfortunately for modern-day fans, some of the worst coaches in team history have come to lead the team over the previous decade. In fact, they only have one season with a record above .500 since firing Lovie Smith following a 10-6 season in 2012.

Former CFL standout Marc Trestman and a completely unmotivated John Fox got the first shots to replace him, and they both failed to inspire any confidence in relatively short runs at the helm. Matt Nagy received the next opportunity, and while his tenure started off promising (the Bears finished 12-4, and he won the Coach of the Year Award in his first year), he wound up being a one-shot wonder whose next three years were filled with enough behind-the-scenes turmoil to make Jerry Springer blush. As crazy as it sounds, the franchise might have hit a new low under Matt Eberflus.

Before moving forward with ‘the why’ (shoutout to Matt Nagy), I need to say that this is not something I wanted to write. I have been sitting on the premise of this one since the Chiefs game, but there has always been something else to write, so I’ve been able to avoid it. I don’t like being this negative in my writing, but it has become painfully obvious that Eberflus is worthy of this claim, so it felt like an acceptable time to throw stones.

Through a season and a half at the helm, Eberflus has a record of 5-21, good for a .192 winning percentage, the worst in franchise history, and ninth-worst in NFL history for those who coached at least 25 games. He is also 1-9 in one-score games in his career. You would have to go back 40 years to find a pair of coaches who struggled nearly as much in Jim Dooley (who finished with a 20-36 record from 1968 to 1971) and Abe Gibron (who had a record of 11-30-1 from 1972 to ’74), and you could make a case that even they fared much better than the ‘Flus.

If his record is not baffling enough, the fact that defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned amid some lofty allegations and running back coach David Walker got fired within the span of five weeks is a great indication of just how much of a dumpster fire this team has been with him at the helm. While placing these incidents squarely on his shoulders might not be completely fair, it is important to note that he hand-picked his entire staff. If anyone should take the fall for a faulty coaching staff, it should be the guy responsible for adding them to the fold.

Speaking of coaching deficiencies, I feel the need to clarify that odds typically aren’t stacked against defensive-minded head coaches, even in the modern offensive age of the league. Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, and John Harbaugh are three of the best coaches of this generation, and they all made names for themselves on the defensive side of the ball before steering each of their respective franchises in the right direction. However, each of them possesses something that Eberflus doesn’t seem to; the ability to put their players in a position to succeed.

Ryan Poles has received a lot of criticism for Chicago’s awful start to this season, but his detractors fail to recognize that the Bears have added a significant amount of talent in the offseason. On paper, this team is much better than their 2-7 record indicates, and the majority of their issues fall on play calling and the coaching staff’s inability to utilize the roster to the best of their abilities.

Somehow, Eberflus even struggles to make easy decisions when it comes to personnel. The Bears are 2-7 and have nothing to play for other than pride at this point in the year. The season outlook might be bleak, but this situation at least provides a perfect opportunity to develop the young guys to see if any of them have enough talent to be long-term pieces.

Meanwhile, Eberflus saw Sunday’s game as the ideal time to give Justin Jones, a replacement-level starter slated to hit free agency in the offseason, 50 snaps on defense, the most snaps on the entire defensive line. That type of decision might make sense.. if the Bears didn’t have two day-two selections at his position in Gervon Dexter, who only played 14 snaps, and Zacch Pickens, who only played 11. Both players have flashed potential this year, but the Bears genuinely have no clue what they have in either of them. To put that into perspective, Velus Jones had nearly as many snaps on offense (10) as two promising rookies had on defense. Downright coaching malpractice.

Poles has made a few questionable decisions since becoming the Bears general manager, but none have been worse (yes, even the Chase Claypool trade) than entrusting Eberflus to lead the team. His decision-making skills are questionable, his impact on the team’s play is seemingly non-existent, and he lacks the ability to make any in-game adjustments. Add all of that together, and what do you get? A coach with an all-time terrible win-loss record. Simply put, he falls well short in every aspect that is required to become a successful head coach.

 

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