Bears announce Matt Eberflus as the 17th head coach in franchise history

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The Bears made it official Thursday night: They announced the hiring of former Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, making him the 17th head coach in franchise history.

New General Manager Ryan Poles selected Eberflus over former head coaches Dan Quinn and Jim Caldwell. Ebeflus has spent 13 seasons in the NFL but has no head coaching experience.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Matt become the next head coach of the Chicago Bears,” Poles said in a statement. “His experience, passion, character and attention to detail made him the right man for both the job and the culture we intend to establish here at Halas Hall. Throughout the search, Matt impressed me when detailing his vision and plan for our team. We look forward to getting to work and assembling a top-notch staff and roster that will help us consistently compete for championships.”

Eberflus has served as the Colts’ defensive coordinator the past four seasons. The Colts were the only NFL defensive unit to rank in the top 10 in scoring, run defense and takeaways each of the past two seasons. They finished in the top 10 in run defense and takeaways in all four of his years, top 10 in points allowed in three of the four and were the least penalized defense in the league in 2019 and 2021.

“I would like to thank Ryan and the McCaskey family for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the Chicago Bears, one of the most storied franchises in all of sports in one of the greatest cities in the world,” Eberflus said. “I am truly humbled and honored to be named your head coach and together we will do everything in our power to bring a Super Bowl championship back to Chicago.”

26 responses to “Bears announce Matt Eberflus as the 17th head coach in franchise history

  1. The Bears are hoping the second edition of the Ryan and Matt show turns out better than the last version.

  2. Interesting that the guy who comes from KC and has seen Bienemy up close for a long time doesn’t even consider him for the job. When he found out the Bears hired Nagy he probably said “WTF?” As a Bears fan, I’m not sure what to think about this, can only hope for the best. I’m 60 years old, I don’t have too many more of these 4year hiring cycles left, I pray this is a good one.

  3. Didn’t the Colts defense give up a bunch of points to the Jags in week 17 loss when Indy needed a win to make the playoffs?

  4. Looks like there will be no t-shirts with rah rah slogans on them for the Bears this summer. Dan Quinn remains unhired.

  5. Both the GM and coach’s job all rely on Justin Fields. Have to build a monster d-line and running game because that kid will need play action.

  6. Defense focus. Excellent! The 36th attempt at recreating the 85′ Bears.

    Love it!

    Signed, the rest of the NFC North

  7. “Throughout the search, Matt impressed me when detailing his vision and plan for our team.”

    What search? Didn’t Poles just get hired himself? Gah … a few days in and we’re already in trouble 🙁

  8. By the time a offensive or defensive coordinator LEARNS how to be a strong head coach it’s too late and their fired because of losing records. I’m in the belief you hire someone who’s been a head coach already & give them a 2nd chance…example : Bill billieck,Andy Reid, heck even Dick Vermiel. All did great the 2nd or 3rd time around.

  9. Perfect timing to come in as the Bears head coach as he will be the first Chicago head coach that has a chance to beat the Packers now on a regular basis thanks to Rodgers leaving for Denver (or elsewhere)and the team devastated by the cap will be far from the team that Rodgers owned the Bears with.

  10. Someone had a good comment above — if Poles didn’t even consider Bieniemy, there is a lot of fire behind the smoke signals for his continual snubbing.

  11. The big issue for both hiring’s was how much they would cost the McCaskey clan. More of the same headed for the fall 0f ’22 that we just had in 21. At least watching Fields scramble will be fun. Hope he does not get hurt.

  12. This looks like the Bears trying to get back to the Lovie Smith days. A tough 4-3 defense that takes the ball away, strong running game, and low risk/low reward passing offense. Will Justin Fields turn into a superstar on this guy’s watch? Probably not, but maybe and in any event he’s a lot more likely to stay healthy and not make a bunch of game-breaking mistakes.

  13. A local shout out from Matt’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio. A great football town with great High school football, let alone the University of Toledo. Whitmer high alum in a position to lead the most storied NFL franchise in the league. My wife’s an alum and couldn’t be more proud.

  14. wonder if the owner of the bears was consulted……



    Aaron was not available for consultation as he was getting owned by Robbie Gould again.

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