5 Chicago Bears who deserve to lose their jobs after loss to Broncos

Justin Fields was mostly brilliant, but the Bears blew a 21-point lead and dropped to 0-4
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3. Travis Smith, Defensive Line Coach

On one hand, you can blame Ryan Poles for not adding enough talent up front. He did, after all, allow Trevis Gipson to leave after looking like maybe the team's best pass rusher throughout the preseason. Poles also didn't do anything to address the position in the draft or free agency, outside of signing DeMarcus Walker early on and a late addition of Yannick Ngakoue. Chicago still doesn't have an elite pass rusher.

But, Travis Smith deserves some blame as well. As the team's defensive line coach, Smith may or may not become a scapegoat. At this point, it doesn't matter. Heads need to roll.

The Bears are dead last in the league with just two sacks on the season. They are now in the middle of the pack, in terms of run defense, giving up over 115 yards per game.

Where Chicago is really hurting, defensively, is on third down. The Bears are allowing opponents to convert on over 58 percent of their third downs, which is the worst rate in the league. Much of that can be attributed to a lack of pressure up front, and again, that falls on Smith and his defensive line.