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Chicago Bears May Finally Have A GM And The Lions Game Proved It

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The Chicago Bears weren’t just beating the Detroit Lions for the first 55 minutes on Sunday. They were beating them up. It felt like the teams were on an even playing field. One team was supposed to have a far superior roster. Instead, the Bears seemed to show far more ability in several areas than anybody expected. They were a competitor. Then, the final five minutes happened. Some awful decisions by Matt Eberflus and his coaching staff gave Detroit the window they needed to steal the game. It was the second time the Bears coughed up what should’ve been an easy win this season.

This was the latest instance where it seemed the players weren’t the problem with this team. Chicago has talent, and it showed frequently at Ford Field. D.J. Moore had another great game. The offensive line paved the way for 183 yards. Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards both had interceptions. Montez Sweat had a sack. What stood out the most was the draft class. Darnell Wright shut down Aidan Hutchinson for most of the afternoon. Gervon Dexter tipped an interception and had two QB hits. Tyrique Stevenson had an interception and forced a fumble. Roschon Johnson averaged five yards per carry.

For all the issues plaguing this team, it has become clear they finally have a GM who knows what he’s doing.

The Chicago Bears should feel good about Ryan Poles.

His tenure across the first two years hasn’t been perfect. The Larry Ogunjobi and Chase Claypool moves still bring a sour taste to the mouth. He also can’t be excused for the decision to hire Eberflus as head coach. That said, his work is bearing serious fruit on the field. Several of his acquisitions are starting to shine. It’s hard not to imagine what this team could be with better coaching. If they don’t go to pieces in the 4th quarter against Denver, New Orleans, and Detroit, there is a real possibility they’re 6-5 right now.

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People will kill the Poles argument because of the Eberflus situation. Let’s not forget franchise legend Jim Finks also had a problem finding the right head coach. The most important job for a GM is stacking the roster with talent. We have more and more proof that Poles is that guy. Not only that, but he’s set the organization up for a huge spring in 2024. They currently hold the #1 and #4 spots in the NFL draft. That will give them a golden opportunity to stack the roster with two more blue-chip talents.

If the Bears can find a more competent coaching staff next year, it no longer feels crazy to think they can be a playoff team.

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TGena
TGena
Nov 21, 2023 4:04 pm

Keep one fact in mind: Ryan Poles set the course for this Bears team that is currently, 6-22, under his leadership.

Somewhere, Herm Edwards is shaking his head, in disbelief.

Dreddog
Nov 20, 2023 8:36 pm

Being introspective aside, if you’re taking a road trip, and you’re cruising along at 75 mph, your destination is being approached early! Would you then take your foot off the gas? Slow down to 45 mph just in case You might blow out a tire? I think if it’s important to get to your destination, you got to keep mashing that pedal, or, you might end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time! That’s exactly what happened.

GrinBearIt
GrinBearIt
Nov 20, 2023 10:57 am

, the difference is Campbell always coached to win games; not to lose them. And, their offense became a Top 10 offense as soon as Ben Johnson was promoted. Flus and Getsy are not showing such progress and neither has proven they can do what Ben Johnson has done.

GrinBearIt
GrinBearIt
Nov 20, 2023 10:53 am

They can absolutely 💯 be a playoff team next year with a more competent coaching staff. That’s the positive I took away from yesterday’s game. Hopefully, Warren and Poles went right over to Ann Arbor after the game yesterday. “Hey Jim, can we stop by to chat?”

nonobaddog
nonobaddog
Nov 20, 2023 10:20 am

Maybe we need to look at Dan Campbell, 24 games when he started with the Lions, his record was4/19/1. What’s to say we couldn’t do the same kind of turn around here?

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