Following an embarrassing 38-20 season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers, the 2023 Chicago Bears season felt like it was already over before it had begun. Players complained about being booed, took shots at Jordan Love’s performance for no reason, a wider receiver eviscerated by his poor efforts, and a head coach defensive after being asked about his team’s overall efforts after the game.
Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suddenly became a must-win game. If the Bears can’t beat Tampa Bay, this season feels like it is over already. On top of it, both defensive coordinator Alan Williams and guard Nate Davis did not make the trip due to personal reasons though we learned that Davis was dealing with a family death on Friday morning, and that’s the reason why he missed OTAs, training camps, and last week’s game. Meanwhile, Matt Eberflus had to call plays on defense in the absence of Williams.
Unfortunately, the Bears suffered a crushing 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as both offense and defense continued to sputter.
Chicago Bears fans are already losing faith and patience
And next week, they head to Kansas City to play the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. And they are already a double-digit underdog. The Bears have now 12 straight games dating back to last year. And fair or not, the clock is now officially ticking on Matt Eberflus’ tenure with the Bears.
Here are my six thoughts following the Bears' 27-17 loss to the Buccaneers.