It has certainly been quite the week for the Chicago Bears and their second-year head coach Matt Eberflus.
The last few days have seen Alan Williams resign as the Bears defensive coordinator and Chicago quarterback Justin Fields get caught in some hot water after some comments about his struggles.
Things aren’t likely to get any better this weekend when the Bears have to take on Patrick Mahomes and the mighty Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have always had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL since Mahomes took over as the starting signal-caller, and Eberflus knows Chicago’s defense has a tall task ahead of them in this matchup.
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One positive that Bears fans can take away from Williams’ departure is that Eberflus sounds excited about the opportunity to call the team’s defensive plays against Kansas City on Sunday.
“Oh, I’m very excited. I love that part of the game. It was good that first year to be just the head coach and do all the game management stuff. But now that I’ve had the job for a year and two games, it gave me a good foundation to do both.”
Before he was hired by Chicago to be the team’s head coach in 2022, Eberflus spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
So even though the Bears will be taking on one of the NFL’s most dominant teams of the last few years on Sunday, they could get a nice boost on the defensive side of the ball with Eberflus calling the plays.
The matchup between the Bears and Chiefs is scheduled to kick off today at 4:25 p.m. EST from inside Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chicago will be looking to pull off the upset, but if they can at least put up a respectable fight against the Chiefs, the Bears fan base can at least feel a little optimism about their team remaining competitive this season.NEXT: Reporter Notes Bears, Justin Fields Are 'Closer' To Fixing Their Issues