The last person anybody would’ve thought had something to say about the Chicago Bears‘ situation right now is Martellus Bennett. The former Pro Bowl tight end departed the organization years ago on less-than-amicable circumstances. He made it seem like he hated his time there. It’s hard to understand why he would be interested in their current situation. Yet that was the case on Sunday. The former tight end felt compelled to speak out after the Bears collapsed in epic fashion against the Detroit Lions.
He went on a lengthy Twitter thread addressing what he thinks is the real root of the problem with the Bears organization. It’s the ownership. Virginia McCaskey and her sons are stuck in the past, celebrating teams and players that are long gone. They’re selling this franchise to generations that are getting older, ignoring the future. It explains why they keep returning to these defensive coaches with archaic ideas for playing a game that has long since passed them by. Until the ownership changes or they get with the times, this nightmare won’t end.
If nothing else, dumping Matt Eberflus is a must.
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Martellus Bennett is right.
Whether you love or hate him, the retired tight end understands the difference between winning and losing organizations. He played for both. His time in Chicago was brief, but he was there long enough to recognize the problem. The McCaskeys were the ones who hired Phil Emergy and Marc Trestman. They hired Ryan Pace and John Fox. Every significant organizational move is traced back to them. It isn’t a coincidence that things steadily went downhill after George Halas died. The McCaskeys have routinely failed to build a consistent winner for decades.
Maybe the arrival of Kevin Warren as team president will change things. They also seem to have something serious in GM Ryan Poles. His young roster performed really well in Detroit before the final few minutes. Maybe changing the head coach will work this time. It’s all they can do. As right as Martellus Bennett might be, the fact is Chicago remains stuck with this ownership. They aren’t going anywhere. The best thing to do is try steering them towards a more modern approach. Poles and Warren seem to be doing that.