Barring a miraculous turnaround, it appears that the current head coach of the Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus, is in his final season with the team. Eberflus has a record of 6 wins and 22 losses, resulting in an embarrassing winning percentage of .176, which is the lowest in Chicago Bears history.
Despite having six games left in the 2023 season, it seems fair to start considering potential replacements for Eberflus.
Bears players are fed up
Currently, the Chicago Bears are struggling to win, and there appears to be a rift between the head coach and the players. According to a source, a player on the Bears expressed a lack of confidence in Matt Eberflus and stated the current culture is not great despite opposing reports out of Halas Hall. He is also not alone as other players share a similar view. The player also emphasized a desire to simply win games which has taken a toll on the locker room.
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The Chicago Bears need to pursue Jim Harbaugh
This is where bringing in someone like Jim Harbaugh makes sense and could address a significant need for the franchise.
Harbaugh has a track record of success, with a head coaching record of 49–22–1 in the NFL and 141–52 in college. He also has a 5-3 record in the NFL playoffs. Harbaugh’s proven success aligns well with what a young team like the Bears. His leadership style could replace the current approach (no more HITS principal), emphasizing accountability and consistent results.
The timing for Harbaugh’s potential move to the NFL seems perfect. Michigan is positioned to contend/win a National Title. Considering the controversies surrounding the team, it would make sense for Harbaugh to leave on a high note.
Chicago appears to be an ideal destination for a new head coach. The Bears possess draft capital and rank in the top 6 in cap space for 2024. Depending on Justin Fields performance down the stretch, they may already have a franchise quarterback. Even if they opt to part ways with Fields, the next head coach will likely have the number 1 overall pick, courtesy of the Carolina Panthers, allowing them to choose a quarterback of their preference in the draft.
Harbaugh being hired could elevate the Bears to a national spotlight once again, given Chicago’s status as one of the largest markets in the NFL. A move like this would not only make a significant impact but also align with the apparent need for a new direction within the franchise. If the Bears are committed to turning their things around, discussions about bringing in Harbaugh should be seriously considered.
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