4. Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator
Matt Eberflus is another defensive-minded coach the Chicago Bears could consider. He has been with Frank Reich as the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator since 2018. With him, the Colts have a strong dominating top-ten defense.
This season, the Colts rank at the top in forcing turnovers. It isn’t just with interceptions but also with forcing fumbles. This is something the Bears want to see again. The franchise is known for its defense and returning to those roots will help.
Eberflus is someone who won’t interfere with the offense either. He’ll have his input but he’ll allow his offensive coordinator to do his thing. Nagy thought he was the smartest man in the room. He wanted his assistants to just agree with him and do whatever they could to fit a square peg into a round space.
With Eberflus, the Bears would have tough-minded players. This is what he preaches. He wants tough players, both mentally and physically. We saw that in Week 15’s game between the Colts and the New England Patriots. New England was the hottest team in the league going into that game. The defense held the Patriots to just 81 yards rushing and forced two turnovers. They came out on top 27-17. The win kept them in the race for the AFC South title.
We’ve seen the Bears be too soft in key situations. Eberflus could change that mentality and help the franchise return to its dominating ways.