If Ryan Poles is being honest with himself, he should fire almost his entire staff. Already, the team has parted with a couple of coaches including defensive coordinator Alan Williams.
Thus far, Matt Eberflus has taken over the play calling for Williams, but Chicago's defense still hasn't been all that good; inconsistent at best.
In 2024, the Bears should look to replace Williams and Eberflus with one of these defensive coordinator candidates.
1. Joe Whitt Jr., Secondary/Defensive Pass Game Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
When the Dallas Cowboys lost cornerback Trevon Diggs for the season, many thought their secondary might take a step back. Diggs is, after all, one of the best corners in the game and would be a difficult player to replace.
Instead, Stephon Gilmore has stepped up and the Cowboys have also seen the rise of 2022 fifth-round pick Daron Bland. Overall, the Cowboys' secondary hasn't really missed a beat. They are currently the league's fifth-ranked pass defense, giving up just 179.1 yards per game through the air.
Joe Whitt Jr. can be given much credit here, too, and he's a guy who might start to get some buzz as a future defensive coordinator. The Bears' secondary figures to be strong going into the future, assuming they can re-sign Jaylon Johnson. Whitt could be a great candidate to continue helping that group along while improving the defense as a whole. Chicago ranks fifth-worst against the pass this season.