4 Bears on the hot seat in Week 16 vs. Cardinals

Time is running out, this year.

Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus
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4. Matt Eberflus

Just when you thought Matt Eberflus' seat was cooling off, his defense gives up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. It was the third double-digit fourth quarter lead the Bears have lost this season.

Has Eberflus turned this defense around? Absolutely. They are taking the ball away at an exponential rate compared to early on this season. They're playing together. The pass rush has grown to be a strength. They look like a top-10 defense, finally.

But, it's late in games when this unit struggles. Eberflus should feel just as much pressure, this weekend, as he has in any week this year.

Just a month ago, it was a foregone conclusion that Eberflus would be fired. The only question at that point was whether or not it would be at the end of the season or if the Bears would make history by firing their head coach for the first time midseason.

Down the stretch, every single win matters. Eberflus is coaching for his job against Arizona. Quarterback Kyler Murray has been inconsistent coming back from his ACL injury this year, and the Bears defense should have no problem slowing the Cardinals offense down.