NFL insider sheds light on the future of Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles

Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus, Ryan Poles
Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus, Ryan Poles / Todd Rosenberg/GettyImages

Either information is being leaked or national media members are looking for trending storylines. As the Chicago Bears head into Week 12 vs. the Minnesota Vikings, the team is an abysmal 6-22 under the guidance and oversight of Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus. One local beat reporter wants to see the coaching staff return in 2024. Yikes. However, an NFL insider is now reporting the Chicago Bears are more likely to not only move on from Matt Eberflus but also move on from general manager Ryan Poles.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated recently answered questions by fans in a video mailbag. One fan asked him if he believed Matt Eberflus would be brought back. He also asked his thoughts on Justin Fields returning. Breer didn't go in-depth on his reasoning and didn't say he has a direct source on the situation, however, many of these guys who are connected around the league hear whispers regarding all 32 NFL teams.

"I think it’s trending toward Matt Eberflus not being back, and that in part is due to Kevin Warren’s influence in the organization. He did not hire Ryan Poles, he did not hire Matt Eberflus, and I think he’s motivated to see what he can do with his own guys in there. I’ve also heard that Kevin Warren wants to be more involved on the football side."

Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

Are the Chicago Bears going to fire Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles?

It is interesting that he offered up information regarding Ryan Poles even though he wasn't directly asked about him. Hearing that Matt Eberflus is trending toward not being back is not surprising. He has not proven enough and the team just isn't doing enough to win games.

The Ryan Poles comment is a little more surprising to me. I am a Poles supporter. I think that's obvious. That said, I've also been in the mindset that if Kevin Warren didn't like the direction Poles has the team going, then I'm fine with him resetting everything from the general manager down to the equipment manager. Not that I trust Warren, but I think if you give him that power and he wants to be more involved on the football side, then you have to give him an opportunity to do what he thinks is best.

I will be more shocked if Poles is fired though. I agree that Eberflus is on the hot seat and trending toward being fired, but Poles tore this thing down last year and has to find a way to build it back up. The talent is vastly improved from last season and I think he deserves at least one more year to show growth. I'd also be shocked if Poles was able to make a trade and pay a player like Montez Sweat if he's truly going to be out the door in a couple of months. Thoughts? Who do you think realistically goes and/or stays?


A final nugget, Breer did give Justin Fields props for his performance over the last few games. However, he isn't ready to say whether Fields is going to be back in Chicago in 2024 or not since we don't know what pick the Bears end up with or who will be making the decisions.