Matt Eberflus’ mini-bye reassessment told the Bears what they already knew

Eberflus mini-bye reassessment told Bears what they already knew originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears’ horrific Week 6 loss to Washington Commanders sent head coach Matt Eberflus and his staff on a mission to assess every player, positional group, and offensive and defensive patterns at the during a mini-week off.

That process ended on Tuesday when position coaches met with each player to break down the good and bad of the first six weeks of the season.

“Obviously everyone knows that we handled the ball very well in attack,” Eberflus said on Tuesday when asked for his opinion after a weekend spent assessing his squad. “We need to improve our passing game. In some situations we need to improve. We know that, so we will work diligently to achieve that.

“Same thing in defence. We didn’t stop the run as well as we wanted in the first six games, but we played pretty good pass defense. We don’t have the number of sacks that we Part of that is a function of getting them on the right descent and the distances to stop the run in the first part of it And we also need to improve situationally – third down and zone red, we need to improve.

Everything with the 2022 Bears begins and ends with the development of quarterback Justin Fields. The 23-year-old’s six-week assessment didn’t reveal anything. The Bears have been pleased with Fields’ progress and gradual growth and expect that to continue.

“Yeah, like we said, and I think he’s improved, it’s his footwork and the timing, and we think he’s doing a good job with that,” Eberflus said. times in the last game, I think that helped him and so we’re looking forward to doing a bit more and going through that process.

Eberflus would not go into specific ratings for specific players.

But running back Khalil Herbert was quick to share that he is focused on anything he can improve, starting with finding a way to be more productive in critical situations.

“A lot of different things,” Herbert said Tuesday when asked what he could improve on. “Especially short, find a way to hit it. When we’re in the red zone, find a way to get the ball in the end zone, for me. Pass protection. Catch out of the backfield. Always doing that first guy consistently misses. Those are just a few things.”

A game of the Bears’ Week 6 loss to the Commanders weighed heavily on the sophomore back.

During the second quarter, the Bears tried to force their way into the end zone with a fourth and a goal from the thumb line. The bears called Herbert’s number, but the commanders stuffed him at the point of attack.

“I can never sleep after the game, so it’s probably around 3am, and I’m laying in my bed trying to sleep, then I get up and go get my iPad because I’m still thinking about the game” , said Herbert. “Really, I’m just trying to figure out what I can do differently if I’m presented with this situation again. How do I get in? What could I have done different? Just so that if I’m in this situation, when I am in this situation again, we have a different result.”

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For star cornerback Jaylon Johnson, the six-week recording told him he needed to be more consistent with his technique in certain coverages. That might be finicky, given the way Johnson has played so far this season.

The mini-bye allowed the Bears to recover and reset as they attempted to turn around with a sinking ship after three straight losses.

“I feel like everyone should have more energy to stop the bleeding,” Johnson said. “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re at right now, trying to stop the bleeding and trying to figure it out. Of course, we’ve all heard that we’re headed in the right direction, but we have to find a way to really stop the bleeding.

“And I feel like it starts with every person. I feel like there shouldn’t be any shortage of energy. I feel like, if anything, we we have to have more energy, we have to find a way to boost this team. We just have to find a way to win. I feel like at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. right now.

The Bears have been competitive every game this season. They had a chance to win each of the last three games, but couldn’t make winning plays when the weather demanded it.

This is the next step in their evolution. Learn to win. To finish.

“At that point, you have to find a way to do it,” Johnson said. “Everybody’s been in a situation where they had their backs against the wall and had to fight their way out. I feel like that’s really the situation we’re in. There’s has tough times, times where a game has to be made, and we haven’t been on the right side to make those games. I feel like at the end of the day, we just have to find a way.

Eberflus’ mini-bye reassessment yielded no shocking revelations about the 2-4 Bears. Their problems are clear. Fixing them might be easier said than done.

A young team desperately searches for a tunicate to stop the bleeding. Whether they find it or not will determine the fate of their season.

Bears know who they are and who they are not. The season, now, is about what comes next.

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