A nightmare Wild Card Weekend unfolded for Chicago Bears fans

The Bears fans were given a massive dose of reality as both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions both won on NFL Wild Card Weekend. With the NFC North expected to remain competitive for years to come, the Bears could risk falling behind.

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Outside of DJ Moore and Cole Kmet, the Bears have no reliable weapons. This off-season is all about upgrading the weapons regardless of who is the quarterback in 2024. While drafting Harrison Jr., Nabers, and Odunze seems like a foregone conclusion, some receivers can be found on Day Two and Three of the draft as Puka Nucua proved. Poles should draft multiple receivers to force a competition to determine who makes the team next season. The interior offensive line needs a new center and more depth at a guard position since they were pushed around and allowed too much pressure. Poles' scouting acumen in finding an offensive talent will be put to the test.

The Bears cannot afford to overlook anyone because a player does not fit their measurables or criteria. They also must nail the hiring of an offensive coordinator because he will likely have a huge input on the quarterback and receivers over Matt Eberflus.

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After this weekend's playoff games, there should be more sense of urgency around the organization. Poles is now hitching his reputation on him and a rookie quarterback that is paired with a lame duck defensive coach. It is not popular, but now we have to believe in Poles and pray it works.