Saturday, June 29, 2024

Matt Eberflus Continues To Get Rave Reviews From Camp Observers


Matt Eberflus operated his first game as Chicago Bears head coach on Saturday. It was a nice 19-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. While it remains clear the team has talent deficiencies, there were things about the operation that stood out. The Bears didn’t commit many penalties and played with an evident intensity on both sides of the ball. This led to two big takeaways and a second half comeback to get the 19-14 win.

Perhaps what stood out the most was how effective the Bears’ rookie class was. Several draft picks, including Jaquan Brisker, Braxton Jones, Trestan Ebner, Ja’Tyre Carter, and Trenton Gill had standout performances. Undrafted free agent Jack Sanborn overshadowed all of them. It was the latest indication that Eberflus and his staff were doing a good job of developing the younger players, a problem that Matt Nagy always had during his years with the team.

Several people that have attended Bears camp practices aren’t surprised by this. They’ve repeatedly indicated that Eberflus runs a tight, crisp operation. Every drill has a purpose. Nate Tice of The Athletic appeared on the Hoge & Jahns podcast. He was impressed by what he witnessed.

Matt Eberflus is working guys hard.

He made that message clear from the beginning. His team was going to be all about hard work. The key was whether he could sell players on this approach. That is where his biggest strength comes in. Quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko mentioned it this week. Eberflus knows how to connect with people. He is a football guy. He understands the balance between personal and professional. Guys can crack jones and have fun, but he keeps everybody focused.

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That might explain why there hasn’t been a single grumble from players despite what everybody describes as brutal practices. He’s been able to tell them why they’re doing it. None of this is about punishing them or satisfying some weird sense of dominance. Matt Eberflus believes a well-conditioned and well-educated football team wins games. It is hard to argue with that. Everybody is following his lead.


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Gator Joe
Aug 18, 2022 8:17 am

Professionals tell you what the standard is and what they expect. Then they teach you how to meet that standard and reinforce the effort it takes to get there. This is very refreshing. It is a “you work hard and we have your back” kind of coaching. I like the accountability for each guy to himself, his position coaches and the other players on his team. I think it’s going to work.

Aug 18, 2022 7:03 am

Very refreshing, I think the Bears hired the right people this time.

Thomas J Cameron
Thomas J Cameron
Aug 17, 2022 11:14 am

Has it been decided who will be calling plays?

Bailey Shaffer
Bailey Shaffer
Aug 17, 2022 10:59 am

I DON’T believe Roquan will come around‼️. I believe that bridge has been burned down by him and his “unofficial” agent‼️
I always loved his game, and hustle, but I’m not willing to pay 95-100 million dollars for it‼️

Aug 17, 2022 7:38 am

It’s about time. Speaking of time, give the team leadership time to build up the team with players that perform to standard and help them win games.

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