Bears hire Colts DC Matt Eberflus as head coach: Source
The Chicago Bears have hired Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as head coach, Athleticism confirmed. Eberflus is coming off his fourth season leading the Indianapolis defense and the Colts have finished with a top-10 defense in each of those years.
Eberflus also had stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. Prior to entering the NFL, he spent more than a decade as a college coach in Toledo (his alma mater) and Missouri, working under Gary Pinkel at both stops from 1992 to 2008.
Eberflus inherits a team without a 2022 first-round pick after handing out this year’s pick to move to Justin Fields in 2021. Chicago’s first pick will be at No. 39. Earlier this week, the Bears hired the chiefs executive director of player personnel. Ryan Poles as the team’s new general manager. Poles replaces Ryan Pace, who was let go by the team shortly after the end of the 2021 season.
The Bears finished their lackluster 2021 season with a 6-11 record. Former head coach Matt Nagy was 34-31 in the regular season at Chicago, including an NFC North Division crown in 2018 and an 0-2 mark in the playoffs. The Nagy-led Bears lost in the NFC Wildcard Round in 2018 and 2020.
Chicago ranked 24th in total offense (yards per game) and 27th in points scored in 2021, mostly overlapping with Fields at quarterback. The Bears juggled quarterbacks such as Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles and Andy Dalton during Nagy’s tenure with limited results.
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