4. Matt Eberflus is still coaching for his job
It is easy to see the momentum towards Matt Eberflus keeping his job. Eberflus got a vote of confidence from Ryan Poles at the trade deadline. His defense has dealt with injuries, and he had to take over play-calling. Now, the defense is starting to swing up in their play.
The run defense is greatly improved from last season. Now, with Montez Sweat and the starting five in the secondary finally being healthy, the pass defense is starting to come around as well. The Bears are 2-2, and if they finish with a similar trajectory, they could get to a record like 7-10. Would that be enough for him to keep his job?
For now, he is still playing for it. The Bears still had too many mental errors in this game. Penalties, game management, and play calling in certain spots remained questionable. The vibe around this game was that the Bears won because the Panthers were that big of a mess.
If the defense finishes in the top ten and they rally around their coach to finish strong, we could see Matt Eberflus stay. A win over the Raiders and Panthers’ poor offenses does not show that he has turned it all around.