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Steady and smart, coach Matt Eberflus proves to be sensible choice for Bears
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The Bears are 3-6, but a record along those lines was expected with a stripped-down roster in the initial phase of a rebuild. Just like quarterback Justin Fields, it’s possible to evaluate Eberflus within the context of adverse conditions. He can show progress even as losses accumulate.

Surprisingly, the biggest indicator of Eberflus eventually succeeding is the way he has handled Fields and the offense. His entire career before had been exclusively on defense — a significant concern when the Bears hired him. But his choice of Luke Getsy as offensive coordinator has proved prudent, and his oversight of Getsy reworking the offense after a dreadful first four games is evidence he knows how to run a team.

The shift that Eberflus and Getsy made during the Bears’ extended break between Weeks 6 and 7 was incredibly promising. It’s not just that their changes have worked — it’s that they made changes at all.

Stubbornness is no virtue, as Eberflus’ predecessor, Matt Nagy, learned the hard way in four seasons. As the Bears’ offense cratered en route to a 29th-place finish in 2020, Nagy was pressed on whether he needed to consider significant changes to his scheme.

“The big thing is just . . . not changing a whole lot,” he answered.

He added: “That’s a sign of weakness when you just come in and start changing everything, especially when you’ve seen something that’s worked before. It’s not broken.”

On the eve of last season, Nagy was still unbending in his belief that his offense was finally about to click. The Bears finished 27th in scoring. Staying the course cost him his job and the Bears a season.

Nagy’s inflexibility was exposed repeatedly; Eberflus and Getsy have shown adaptability at every turn. Nagy couldn’t make halftime adjustments; Eberflus seems like a master of them. Nagy tried to jam Fields into an offense suited for Andy Dalton’s skills; Getsy has embraced Fields’ elite running ability and made it the centerpiece.
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...there’s nothing wrong with making changes. It’s a sign of strength. This offense was plummeting, but now it’s skyrocketing. Fields is making a strong case to be the quarterback of the future. Reassessing and redirecting are not causes for embarrassment. Making the shift was impressive.

And it’s reassuring to the Bears that Eberflus was involved in that. If things keep going well, Getsy will emerge as a head-coaching candidate for other teams, and the fact Eberflus has his hand on the offense will enable him to identify a new coordinator when needed.

That’s starkly different from the Nagy era. Nagy wanted to micromanage the offense — retaking play-calling going into last season after giving it up in 2020 — while giving his defensive coordinator autonomy. When Vic Fangio left in 2019 to coach the Broncos, Nagy effectively made Chuck Pagano, and subsequently Sean Desai, head coach of the defense. In that sense, Nagy was still just an offensive coordinator, but with a bigger paycheck.

His deep engrossment in the offense also limited his ability to see the big picture on game day. He mismanaged the setup for what would have been a game-winning field goal in 2019. His timeouts often were confounding. Game management was always an issue with Nagy. Eberflus hasn’t been perfect in that department, but there hasn’t been anything outright laughable. Even when his decisions are debatable, his logic is coherent.
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There are no magic tricks with Eberflus, and no wild, lofty declarations he can’t possibly fulfill. He has simply been steady and smart, and if that’s how he continues to coach this team, the Bears picked the right guy.

Full article: https://chicago.suntimes.com/bears/2022 ... n-williams
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I wasn't sure of the best place to post this, but ultimately you have to give the credit to the new head coach especially given these marked improvements have occurred after the roster has been gutted and the team is in full rebuild mode.
Good News Dept.: The Bears are in the top 10 in the NFL (with big jumps from 2021) in some key categories that most bad Bears teams usually are near the bottom in: rushing (from 14th to first, 197.9 yards), rushing yards per attempt (21st to first, 5.4 yards), third-down conversions (32nd to sixth, 45.6%), takeaways (26th to eighth, 15), turnover differential (29th to eighth, plus-1) and red-zone touchdown percentage (30th to ninth, 60%). Even in scoring average, the Bears have improved from 27th last season to 17th (21.9 points).

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/202 ... 2023-draft
Despite the 3-8 record, Eberflus is off to a good start.
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HisRoyalSweetness wrote: Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:17 pm I wasn't sure of the best place to post this, but ultimately you have to give the credit to the new head coach especially given these marked improvements have occurred after the roster has been gutted and the team is in full rebuild mode.
Good News Dept.: The Bears are in the top 10 in the NFL (with big jumps from 2021) in some key categories that most bad Bears teams usually are near the bottom in: rushing (from 14th to first, 197.9 yards), rushing yards per attempt (21st to first, 5.4 yards), third-down conversions (32nd to sixth, 45.6%), takeaways (26th to eighth, 15), turnover differential (29th to eighth, plus-1) and red-zone touchdown percentage (30th to ninth, 60%). Even in scoring average, the Bears have improved from 27th last season to 17th (21.9 points).

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/202 ... 2023-draft
Despite the 3-8 record, Eberflus is off to a good start.
Where do you put the blame on the defense?

I'm starting to give a cockeyed look over at Flus and DC Williams. Yes I totally understand we have personnel issues, but it can't be 100% that.
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The Marshall Plan wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 5:28 am
HisRoyalSweetness wrote: Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:17 pm I wasn't sure of the best place to post this, but ultimately you have to give the credit to the new head coach especially given these marked improvements have occurred after the roster has been gutted and the team is in full rebuild mode.



Despite the 3-8 record, Eberflus is off to a good start.
Where do you put the blame on the defense?

I'm starting to give a cockeyed look over at Flus and DC Williams. Yes I totally understand we have personnel issues, but it can't be 100% that.
Should Poles have been scouring the waiver wires, lists of unsigned Free Agents for bodies for the defensive line? It's obvious that the present crew isn't getting the pressure needed. There has to be guys out there.
The Bears lost a close game to the Dolphins but why is it that the sun shined brighter, the air seemed cleaner, the sausages smelled sausagier, and the Soldier Field grass actually seemed greener.
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