We have officially entered the part of the Chicago Bears season when all we can focus on is the upcoming draft. The Bears improved upon their 3-14 season in 2022 and finished with a 7-10 record in 2023. The problem is that they struggled against the better teams in the league and allowed three teams to come back and beat them despite being up big late in the game -- Broncos, Lions and Browns. Two of those three teams made the playoffs and one (Lions) advanced beyond Wild Card Weekend.
After watching the Lions and Packers both advance, it is hard to not look at this roster and think the Chicago Bears are at least close to competing to get into the big dance. This offseason will be extremely important for Ryan Poles as he hitched his wagon to Matt Eberflus. Personally, I would have moved on from the talented defensive coordinator who struggles with in-game decisions as a head coach. Now, Poles and Eberflus must hope they find a new offensive coordinator who can help vault this offense into relevancy.
The Bears have already started interviewing new options -- most of them with former play-calling experience. It will be interesting which route they take and which offensive coordinator accepts their offer. With the first and ninth overall picks locked into place, I have to think many would be highly interested in the position. The only problem is that they might not feel confident in Matt Eberflus' job security going forward. The new offensive coordinator would likely have major input on what the Chicago Bears do at the quarterback position too. Fans might be surprised by this 2024 mock draft.
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