As the Chicago Bears emerge from the bye week, there is plenty of discussion about the job status of head coach Matt Eberflus, but not as much when it comes to General Manager Ryan Poles. For the most part, the fans and media agree with this sentiment.
What is the cause that differentiates these two?
3. The Chicago Bears linebacker corps is struggling the most
One thing that was expected from Matt Eberflus was quality defense, particularly the linebacker play. Eberflus has a defensive background and came up as a linebackers coach from Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens, among others, with the Dallas to Shaq Leonard, Anthony Walker, and Bobby Okereke during his last stop with the Indianapolis Colts; Eberflus has turned out quality linebacker play.
That is why it was so curious the team spent a lot on Tremaine Edmunds after adding T.J. Edwards as well. Eberflus looked like he could get more out of players, so why invest so much?
The argument is that Eberflus needed specific fits for his scheme and that he could take these players to the next level. Edwards is starting to come on, but Edmunds has brought little to the table this season.
The Bears are one of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to defending running backs and tight ends. The unit that Eberflus had on lock the most is now the worst on the roster.
You can blame Poles for spending so much, but he was looking for fits for the defense, and Eberflus is not making it work.