The Bears are closer to relevance than many think

The Bears are closer to relevance than many think
LAKE FOREST, IL - JANUARY 09: General manager Ryan Pace (L) and new head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears pose after an introductory press conference at Halas Hall on January 9, 2018 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It certainly isn’t a good look that the Chicago Bears are now on their fourth head coach since 2010, but sometimes it needs to happen.

Lovie Smith was let go in 2010, Marc Trestman was handed his walking papers in 2014 and John Fox was fired on Jan. 1.

Trestman and Fox’s firings were expected, Smith’s wasn’t.

Regardless, the Bears are where they are because of bad personnel decisions, injuries and inconsistent football.

Over the last five years, this team is 27-53. Wow is that atrocious. Under Fox, the Bears were a laughable 14-34.

Dating back to 2000, the good ole’ Dick Jauron days, the Bears have just six seasons with a winning record and eight seasons with a .500 mark or better.

When general manager Ryan Pace was hired in Jan. 2015 to replace Phil Emery, everyone knew that he had to clean out the clutter before making this team respectable. It turns out this project is taking longer than expected and Fox didn’t do him any favors in progressing his players.

Fox was a people pleaser, but not a coach who held anyone respectable. Why do you think Denver was so quick to part ways with him after losing Super Bowl XLVIII to Seattle 43-8.

Pace had free reign to hire who he wanted, he had ample time to make the right decision and that’s how he landed on 37-year-old Matt Nagy. Much like when Pace was hired as general manager, many had no clue what to expect from the young mind.

Pace and Nagy are both young, hard workers who have put in their all to be where they are in life. Upper management will be pushing them to find a way to fill Soldier Field again and bring back good football.

A new offensive system will be installed while the defense is lucky to have Vic Fangio back commanding things. Nagy was smart to convince Fangio to return.

The Bears are in a much better place here on Feb. 8 just a month and a week after the firing of Fox.

Just listening to Nagy in his introductory press conference, it was breath of fresh air. Fox rarely smiled or said anything of substance. Nagy takes the blame for mistakes (Ex. – AFC Wild Card loss to Tennesse) is personable and as a former player, you can tell he relates to these guys.

A slew of roster moves lies ahead for the Bears. There is work to be done and Pace hasn’t been too great at having his free agent additions work out. He’s been much better in the draft and the Bears will be selecting No. 8 overall at the end of April.

Currently, the Bears and Browns are tied for the worst odds to win Super Bowl 53 at 100/1, per Bovada Sports. 

It is sad to see the Bears hand and hand with the Browns and I think it is flat out wrong. Not to say, the Bears have been respectable over these last three seasons because they haven’t. However, there is talent here and Pace and Nagy will be bringing in a lot more pieces to the puzzle.

Hard work and due diligence is everything in an NFL front office. We’ll wait and see what Pace does to make the Bears respectable instead of a team labeled as a rebuilding one.

How do you feel about the current state of the Bears?

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