After beginning the 2023 season with an 0-2 record, the Chicago Bears already had plenty to worry about heading into their Week 3 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But then came the stunning news about Alan Williams abruptly resigning from his position as the Bears’ defensive coordinator.
Since Williams’ announcement, there have been a variety of rumors floating around about why he stepped down from his position with Chicago.
On Saturday, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus made sure to let everyone know that nothing people have heard about the situation is true.
Matt Eberflus on "crazy" Alan Williams rumors: "None of that is true." https://t.co/NoRgtBexIe
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 24, 2023
When speaking with NFL.com, Eberflus shared the message he delivered to his locker room about Williams’ resignation.
“I said, ‘hey all those rumors and stuff going on right now, that crazy stuff, none of that is true. Alan is resigning,’ and I said, ‘We’ll be keeping all the same responsibilities on defense and I’ll be calling the plays on game day. Any questions?’ It was better that way, with fewer people in the room. It took me more time, but that’s the way I wanted to do it.”
In their first game without Williams as their defensive coordinator, the Bears will get to take on a Chiefs team that has, surprisingly, struggled a bit on the offensive side of the ball this season.
People typically think of Kansas City as the home of an explosive offense, with players like quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce being a part of the unit.
However, the Chiefs haven’t scored more than 20 points in a game this season, and they currently rank 22nd in the NFL in points scored.
This might make Chicago feel a little better about their chances of pulling off an upset on Sunday, except for the fact that their defense has been one of the worst in the NFL since the start of the season, allowing the second-most points per game in the league.
The Bears will get to find out just how much of a difference the departure of Williams will have on their team when they attempt to stun Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST.NEXT: Matt Eberflus Gets Honest On Calling Defensive Plays Against Chiefs