"It Stinks" ... But Matt Eberflus Seems to Get It (And Other Bears Bullets)

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“It Stinks” … But Matt Eberflus Seems to Get It (And Other Bears Bullets)

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April has the potential to be so much fun in these parts.

MLB Opening Day kicks things off in early April, while the NFL Draft closes the month strong. And we’ve got meaningful NBA games in the middle! We’re turning a corner, folks!

•   All right, so Matt Eberflus gets it:

•   But also, so does Ryan Poles:

•   These are the challenges of fighting the multi-front war of trying to build a foundation while simultaneously attempting to do what is right to piece together a representative team that competes every week, and create a new culture in your own image. This was never going to be easy. But missing out on the types of players you want stings. I feel ya, Ryan Poles.

•   Navigating Bears waters is tough right now. Even had the Bills not matched the offer sheet for Ryan Bates, we’re still discussing an offseason in which the team hasn’t done enough at the outset to support Justin Fields, traded one of its best and most popular players for draft capital (a smart long-play, albeit unpopular in some circles), and saw its one high-profile signing fall apart due to the player failing a physical (but maybe there’s a comeback story here?). It has been rough. It isn’t as if we were pining for the Bears to be top-of-the-market spenders at every position on the depth chart. But given their cap situation (11th most room coming into the offseason) and needs, that the Bears have struggled to land the type of mid-tier players new GM Ryan Poles said he wanted to target in free agency stings. Full stop.

•   I understand what this tweet wants to be, but let’s not discount who these guys were throwing to:

•   Maybe Darnell Mooney is Golden Tate? But I wish the Bears had a DK Metcalf, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Tyler Lockett, Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, or even 2016 Jimmy Graham. I’d be cool with 2015-17 Doug Baldwin (averaged 82 catches, 1,062 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns over those years). Can peak era “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch show up, too? What about the Legion of Boom? Again, I get the comparison. But it was lacking depth and context.

•   Poles said he wanted to attack the second/third waves of free agency, calling it a “volume piece” that could help fill out the roster. Remember, the Bears had more than 25 outgoing unrestricted free agents. He even laid out the types of players he was angling to get in free agency. And while the team seemingly found those types of free agents along the defensive line with Justin Jones and Al-Quadin Muhammad, there hasn’t been much cooking on the other side of the ball (save for the notable exception of Lucas Patrick). There is still time to balance things out. But if you’re bummed about the lack of action on the offensive side of things, just know that I don’t blame you one bit.

•   There were upgrades to be had, that much is certain. And upgrades who weren’t budget busters, at that. But the good news is there are still a bunch of players available in free agency. A crop of rookies will join the squad via the draft (and after it). And a wave of veteran free agents will sign when the dust settles after the draft. In other words, reinforcements are on the way. Plus, in all fairness, it is still too early to fairly grade the entirety of of the offseason. We’ll all have a better grasp on things when training camp kicks off in July and the Bears send a 90-player roster to Halas Hall. But that doesn’t mean that we, as fans, can’t be disappointed with how things have been unfolding to this point.

•   This ex-Packer is a “prick” (but in a good way):

•   I’ll be curious see how Luke Getsy handles Justin Fields’ athletic capabilities within the confines of his offense:

•   I can’t wait to see this 30+ times a year:


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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.