We are a little over seven hours beyond the dreaded Black Monday of the NFL. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is the Monday after the regular season ends when most franchises fire their head coaches and sometimes their general managers. It is a day that many coaches (staff included) fear if their team fails to make the playoffs. No one is truly safe, just look at how Lovie Smith was fired after a winning (10-6) season despite falling short of the playoffs. Well, many Chicago Bears fans on social media are tirelessly scanning social media to see if Matt Eberflus is going to be fired.
As I write this, there has been no news about Matt Eberflus being fired. Instead, he had been partaking in post-season interviews of players with Ryan Poles. That in itself screams that Matt Eberflus is staying here in Chicago. In fact, history tells you that you can stop hitting that refresh button and just move along with your day.
The only head coach to ever be fired by the Chicago Bears after only two seasons was Marc Trestman. Trestman had a solid first season as the team went 8-8 and was one of the better offenses in the league -- something we haven't seen too often in Chicago. However, in Year 2, he lost the locker room very early and after a 5-11 season he was fired.
Matt Eberflus has an even worse record over his first two years at a combined 10-24. However, he did show growth in the back half of the year as the team went 5-3 over their last eight games, including two wins over divisional opponents. Unfortunately, losing to their biggest rival on Sunday was not a great way to end the year and put a bad taste in most fans' mouths.
Now that Black Monday is behind us though, Matt Eberflus has to feel safe. Here is a look at how the Chicago Bears have handled the firing of head coaches dating back to Mike Ditka.
Matt Nagy - Black Monday
John Fox - Black Monday
Marc Trestman - Black Monday
Lovie Smith - Black Monday
Dick Jauron - Black Monday
Dave Wannstedt - Black Monday
Mike Ditka - 8 days after Black Monday
The Chicago Bears have new leadership with Kevin Warren at the helm and maybe that leads to different tactics. However, the fact that Matt Eberflus is still a part of post-season interviews could be a problem if they plan on moving on from him. Not to mention, Ryan Poles continued to speak highly of Matt Eberflus as the season progressed, even into the final week of the season. The thing is, I don't trust the McCaskey family to stay out of things and I don't trust them to make the right decisions (why should any of us?). All I know is if Matt Eberflus stays, Justin Fields must stay too!