Coaches always want players to watch film and see what needs to be improved, but they have to do it too.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus has now presided over two brutal collapses this season, most recently a 31-26 loss to the Lions in which his team took a 26-14 lead with 4:15 left. The Bears also led the Broncos 28-7 late in the third quarter of Week 4 before losing 31-28 at home.
There are many reasons why they fell apart at Ford Field on Sunday, but they all trace back to Eberflus. When asked Monday what he should have handled differently, he remained vague.
“You always look and say, ‘Should I have called this, should I have called that, should I have been more aggressive here? Less aggressive there?’ he said, then highlighted the strong finishes against the Commanders, Raiders and Panthers. “You have to have the right choices and put your guys in positions. And for the game against Carolina we did this… It’s about putting guys in positions. It’s about making plays as a player.
When pressed about specific decisions that cost the Bears against the Lions, Eberflus declined to answer and said, “I’m not going to get into that because it would mean talking to the next opponent.”
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-8 and Eberflus to 6-22 as head coach.