The 2023 season might not have gone the way everyone expected for the Chicago Bears. The team is sitting at 6-9 on the year and has two matchups against teams currently with a 7-8 record. It's possible that the Bears win one or both games and finish with 7 or 8 wins on the year. As it stands now, they doubled their wins and have been learning how to win along the way. Most analysts and fans alike thought this team was still a year away from being a playoff contender and many had the total win prediction between 6 and 8 wins. Yet, it seems everyone wants another reset.
The opinions on the matter vary, but there are enough fans who believe Ryan Poles should be fired, along with the entire coaching staff. Those same fans (and some analysts) think Justin Fields should also be traded and the team should draft one of Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. Another group of people believe the Bears should keep Poles, but still get rid of Matt Eberflus. Those people are split on keeping or trading Fields. Then you have those who believe Eberflus has done enough to stick around, but Getsy has to go. Again, many are split on keeping Fields. As you can see, the future is a mess.
This brings us to what seems to be almost every Justin Fields and/or Matt Eberflus press conference as of late. The Chicago Bears media seem to ask the same question despite receiving nearly identical responses every time one of them speaks. The question might be worded slightly differently, but it always is something along the lines of "Are you concerned about your future with the Chicago Bears and where do you think you stand"?
Do the media members asking this line of questioning really think that a team that has never made a drastic in-season coaching change or even announced their offseason plans at quarterback is magically going to do it now? Justin Fields' press conference today was another great example. There were great questions thrown at Justin Fields about specific plays and even about his relationship with his teammates. However, at about the halfway point, someone asked the question again — do thoughts about your future and the big picture creep in as you approach the final two games of the season?
Honestly, asking the question even once is a waste of time. It's been asked again and again for weeks. His response is almost robotic by now. Matt Eberflus is about the same. Writing about the topic is fine — I do it all the time. I'm podcasting about it tonight and giving my opinion on the matter. However, why keep wasting questions asking the same thing over and over but expecting a different result?
Courtney Cronin (I believe) asked a follow-up question about how Fields is able to stay where his feet are and that question was fine. However, another follow-up question about his future was asked again (couldn't tell by whom) immediately after. Like, give it a rest already!
Cronin asked a few questions later if Justin Fields had received this many big-picture questions before this year. She even talked about how he should be receiving Xs and Os questions right now instead, but the bigger story is his future with the franchise. Fine, I get it. Her question wasn't too bad, but kicking this dead horse over and over again has to be getting old for everyone, right? I know it is for me.
I would much rather hear what he has to say about his upcoming opponents or the reasoning behind certain plays the week before. Give me the details that matter. His future (and Eberflus' future) won't be discussed before the end of the regular season anyway.