The Bears were exposed and dissected on both sides of the ball, with the offense scoring on just one of their first eight drives and the defense giving up a franchise-record 38 points in the first half.
The team currently ranks 14th in total offense, 20th in points scored, 26th in total defense and 29th in points allowed. Throw in the wildly inconsistent and penalty-prone special teams and you get a team that underachieved across the board.
Yet despite the team’s current predicament – the Bears will likely need to win at least seven of their final eight games, which includes five divisional contests – GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman said there are no plans to shake up the coaching staff.
“The solutions to win games are in this building with the people in this building,” Emery said today during his annual bye-week press conference. “The season’s a full year and the only way we’re going to get back on track is to learn from our mistakes, correct our errors, find solutions and stick together as a team through this process.
“We will not quit on the season. We will not quit on ourselves. We’re not going to quit on each other. The only way through this to get back on the right track, on a positive track, a winning track to win football games is to stick together.”
With the lackluster effort put forth by the players the past two weeks and a season on the brink, a case could be made for heads to roll. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is at the top of the list for most fans and analysts, as he’s failed to carry over the defensive success that’s been a staple of the organization for the past 95 years.
Yet from top to bottom, everyone’s job is safe until at least the offseason.
“We have everybody in position right here,” Trestman said. “We feel, without question, we’ve built a work ethic. A system of doing things in this building is in place to have the consistency we need to win. We’re disappointed because we haven’t done that. We haven’t done that. We’re 3-5, like Phil said. It’s not good. It’s not good. We understand that is not a good situation but we do feel we have the foundation to build from here, and that’s the next step.”
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.