1. The Chicago Bears are still fighting for their head coach
The Chicago Bears started 0-4, and there was a real chance things were going to fall apart. They easily could have, especially after a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was followed up by a collapse against the Denver Broncos.
The Bears could have quit there, but they went 6-5 since then and 4-2 in their last six games. If they win out the rest of the season, they could get to 6-2 in their final eight games. That is pretty significant.
The Bears had to fire their defensive coordinator early into the season, and they lost their running backs coach. Eberflus kept things going in the right direction. They had crushing losses to the Broncos, Lions, and Browns that could have tanked their season, but they won the game after those losses every time.
The team is learning how to win and respond to adversity. We saw on Thursday night football a few weeks ago what it looks like when a defensive coach does not have buy-in from his team. Brandon Staley and the Chargers gave up 63 points to the Aidan O’Connell-led Raiders. That has never been this team. Eberflus has not proven to be a great, or potentially even good, coach. However, he has not proven to be a bad coach, so it may be tough for the Chicago Bears to justify firing him.