Ranking what the Chicago Bears need to be successful in 2024 and beyond

The Chicago Bears are not and never were ready to be truly competitive in 2023. However, what do they need to turn things around and sustain success in 2024 and beyond?

Chicago Bears, Marvin Harrison, Jr.
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1. Coaching Staff

The Chicago Bears need an upgraded coaching staff. I am not a fan of keeping Matt Eberflus, but even if he stays, Luke Getsy at least has to go. The team also needs to hire a new defensive coordinator as Eberflus cannot maintain that role while also being the head coach. Preferably though, Eberflus will be cut loose (#CutFlusLoose) and a whole new staff will come in. This needs to happen whether the Chicago Bears stick with Justin Fields or not.

Having the right coaches in place is extremely important. Personally, I think it's the most important thing for a team to get right if they are going to succeed and maintain that success. There are plenty of solid options to consider.

Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus
Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus / Quinn Harris/GettyImages

Jim Harbaugh is a hot name should he leave Michigan and go back to the NFL. Harbaugh has found success and has built a winning culture wherever he's gone. Offensive coordinators, Ben Johnson, Shane Waldron, Eric Bieniemy, Frank Smith, Brian Callahan, and Todd Monken are all names being thrown around. Defensive coordinators Dan Quinn, Raheem Morris, Steve Wilks, and Brian Flores are among others. Another name to consider is Chiefs' special teams coach (former Bears' coach) Dave Toub.

I haven't dove into all of these guys yet and probably won't until Matt Eberflus is officially given his pink slip. However, there are a few guys on this list who I'd find highly qualified and would enjoy seeing in Chicago. Shockingly, Brian Flores is one of them despite my hatred of defensive-minded head coaches. We will see though as rumors are that Matt Eberflus is likely staying and today's performance over the Falcons might have further supplanted him.