At 1-3, the Bears have several winnable games ahead of them, while that sounds good in theory the result could be fools gold.
Aside from Seattle, who is 3-1, the Bears face 1-4 New Orleans, 1-4 Detroit twice and a winless Chargers team over the next month. With a little luck the Bears could come out of that stretch 3-2 which would put them at 4-5 just past the halfway point of the season.
That type of recent success could force a desperate coaching staff to turn back to veterans instead of young players that need to be developed in a rebuilding year.
The 12-year veteran is on the last year of a three-year deal and won't be re-signed. Alfonso Boone is coming off his best game as a Bear not to mention rookies Ian Scott and Tron LaFavor getting more time in the tackle rotation.
It's going to be a difficult balance for a coaching staff that is trying to retain their jobs, while developing young talent for the future. The best case scenario would have wins pile up as the rookies are on the field, but if victories mount the coaching staff may think it's time to play the veterans for the unlikely scenario of a stretch run at the postseason.