Bill Belichick another symbol of Chicago Bears frustration
It’s true that the Bears had once considered Bill Belichick to be their head coach.
They had better plans than that at the time: Hire Dave McGinnis instead, then make the hiring mistake, get completely embarrassed, make Ted Phillips explain Michael McCaskey to the media, and hire Dick Jauron.
This was after Belichick’s underwhelming performance in Cleveland Browns coach. He was also a Jets assistant. But anyone who knew Belichick’s approach to this difficult situation from the inside could tell that the Bears were making a big mistake in not hiring him as their future Patriots coach. His performance with Bill Parcells’ Giants was outstanding and in a different context than Art Modell’s former team, it was clear that he could succeed.
Hiring Belichick was more expensive than hiring McGinnis, and it also meant that Belichick would have preferred power over his staff.
The Bears didn’t have a general manager at the time, so that was a mistake. Belichick, in New England, has been the de facto GM.
The Bears could have hired Belichick.
The Patriots got Belichick and got six rings, while six Bears coaches were hired over the years.
Regardless, it’s safe to assume Bears ownership was feeling very justified in its decision in 2000 when Shane Matthews outdueled Drew Bledsoe at Soldier Field in a 24-17 Bears win for Jauron over Belichick’s first Patriots team.
Now, 22 years later, it doesn’t quite look like such a good move, does it?
Matt Eberflus has been their sixth coach since then. Belichick will go down in history as the greatest NFL coach after winning more Super Bowls (63) and more Super Bowls (9).
The Bears have not beaten the Patriots since 2000 and have had a handful of completely embarrassing defeats against them.
When asked if Belichick is the gold-standard for coaching, Eberflus said that he did not hedge.
” I would say that, yeah. Look at the record. The record speaks for itself,” Eberflus stated. “We are all judged on our wins, losses, and championships. He certainly has that.
“He has done a tremendous job. His players play for them. The fundamentals of the game are sound. His teams do the exact same thing. They are fundamentally sound and play football the right way.”
Ironically Belichick will attempt to surpass Bears founder George Halas on Monday night for the second-most wins. It’s only a matter a few seasons–if it’s his decision to continue coaching–until Don Shula records the most wins.
” When you look at the coaches and the history of the game with Mr. Halas, coach Belichick, wow! What a career they each have and the impact that they’ve had upon the game of football,” Eberflus stated. It’s amazing. When you look back at the history, George Halas is here with the Bears.
That’s right, Bears: Their history. It’s their ancient history. They have nothing else.
The Bears have resumed under Eberflus in a predictable manner.
They lack the manpower to do what he and Luke Getsy would love to do on the field. This is largely because they have committed to getting rid of the old salary cap and getting fresh starts to build a team the right way.
After a win over San Francisco that stunned everyone and beating a Texans team outmanned, it’s been a three game losing streak. They’ve tried to restart during the mini-bye following the possible victory against Washington. It’s possible that this losing streak could continue.
A mini-reboot will not solve their personnel problems at receiver, offensive line, and defensive front.
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They enter this game having given up more sacks through Week 6 than any team, a year after they led the league in the same category.
They can run the ball pretty well, except when they have to. Then they can’t run it in the red zone.
We are told that running opens up the way for the passing attack.
They’re running, but it’s not working.
They’re still last in passing yards, although they have managed to elevate to 31st in scoring and 28th in overall offense.
They have climbed past Carolina (71.6) in team passer rating at 72.7, but no one else. They’re still last in passing first downs, passing touchdowns (4) and completion percentage (54.8).
These are the regions in NFL statistics they are very familiar with, whether it is John Shoop, Terry Shea or Adam Gase. Bill Lazor, Dowell Loggains and now Getsy leading the attack.
It takes time to start from scratch but you’d like at least to have a pulse by now.
It’s tiresome seeing teams score and pass at relative will in the NFL, only to have the Bears score 10 against the Packers, 12 against the Giants and seven against the juggernaut Commanders.
It is not easy to see quarterbacks like Bailey Zappe or Cooper Rush emerge from nowhere and play effectively. For that matter, they could have easily drafted Jalen Hurts in 2020 instead of Jaylon Johnson and Cole Kmet. He’s taking down the league now.
It’s been 22 years since they last figured out how to beat Belichick. However, the Bears have proven to be a better team than Belichick.
Belichick’s team was once accused of letting footballs go stale in the “deflategate” scandal. They were then slapped for it.
The Bears have this year taken the air out football and no one is accusing of them of anything other than pushing for the first pick of the draft.
Somehow, it seems like none of their problems would have happened if more than two decades ago they simply handed out the cash and power to Belichick
The Line: Patriots by 8 1/2 (39 1/2).
BearDigest Record: 5-1, 3-3 vs. the spread, 2-4 vs. the total.
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