The Chicago Bears are a mess. They played one of their best games in years on Sunday but still found a way to cough it up against the Detroit Lions. Yet it wasn’t even the first monumental collapse for Matt Eberflus this season. He also has the stink of losing a 28-7 second-half lead against Denver a few weeks ago. There isn’t much else to say at this point. Eberflus has six victories in 28 games. That is by far the worst record a Bears head coach has ever had. He’s never even had a winning streak and is winless against the division. It is incredible to think the organization somehow found a way to do a lot worse than Matt Nagy.
Fans and media alike have taken their shots, which is no surprise. Where it gets far more interesting is even former Bears players are getting in on it. Martellus Bennett was the first to say something. At the end of a long Twitter thread explaining why he feels the McCaskeys are the reason this organization is directionless, he delivered an offhanded comment the team isn’t winning anything with Eberflus in charge.
He wasn’t the only one. Barely an hour later, former fullback Jason McKie delivered his own comment. It was far more succinct, with way more bite.
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Matt Eberflus isn’t the guy.
Yes, it’s acknowledged the Bears don’t like firing head coaches before reaching three seasons in charge. However, special considerations must be made. It was obvious beyond a doubt that Marc Trestman had completely lost control of the locker room in 2014. He had to go. While Eberflus may have no such issue, his problem is more on the field. He can’t win. Plain and simple. The guy is now 2-11 in one-score games. That means his team almost always finds a way to fold under pressure when the finish is close.
Somebody like that isn’t leading your franchise to a championship. In hindsight, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Throughout his entire NFL coaching career, Matt Eberflus has never once coached a game beyond the divisional round of the playoffs. His primary work came in Dallas and Indianapolis, two teams that have built reputations for folding under pressure in big games over the past decade. Eberflus seems to have brought those yippy tendencies with him. He doesn’t know the right buttons to push. The evidence is overwhelming. A change is needed.