NFL insider reveals what will happen with Justin Fields and Matt Eberflus

BY V. CARBONNEAU    DECEMBER 5, 2023  (9:40)
Based on the information presented, it appears the Chicago Bears are at a crossroads. There are no immediate plans to alter the team's structure until the current season concludes. Head Coach Matt Eberflus is expected to complete the season to make his case for staying on, while the future for quarterback Justin Fields seems uncertain. Conversations with NFL insiders suggest that if the Bears aim to avoid controversy and move forward smoothly, both Eberflus and Fields may need to depart.

A clean start is being suggested in league circles, with more resistance anticipated in retaining Eberflus than in the decision to let him go. It's thought to be a pivotal time for the team to consider a coaching change based solely on circumstances. A league source opined that, given the Bears' history, it's critical to begin the 2024 season with a leader capable of developing a successful quarterback. The possibility of selecting a top draft pick quarterback and pairing him with a leading offensive coach seems to be a tempting prospect for the general manager.


The Bears' position is seen as potentially one of the most coveted among the numerous upcoming coaching vacancies, due to the opportunity to start afresh with a new quarterback. Candidates might prefer stepping in with a rookie quarterback rather than facing the challenge of developing Fields, whose future seems less certain given the current options in the draft cycle.


Despite some positive performances by both Eberflus and Fields, it hasn't been enough. While Fields has shone in some games and Eberflus has bolstered the defense, the team still struggles, especially in the fourth quarter. Eberflus has yet to secure a win against teams with top quarterbacks, and when facing a respected opponent, the outcomes are often not in the Bears' favor.

There is an argument to be made that if not for the conservative coaching decisions and Fields' performance in crucial moments, the Bears might have a better record. Eberflus' conservative approach and Fields' fourth-quarter turnovers have been costly. The only significant change in the defensive coaching occurred under mysterious circumstances when the defensive coordinator resigned.

To maximize their potential, the Bears might need to consider new directions in both coaching and quarterback positions.
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