Chicago Bears make massive changes to coaching staff
After a disappointing season that saw the Chicago Bears go just 8-8, sweeping changes are underway in the Windy City.
According to the team, the Bears have dismissed offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo.
This is just the start of what will be an offseason full of pivotal decisions in Chicago.
Last year, the Bears won 12 games and captured the NFC North division title and looked to be a team on the upswing. Some even had them pegged as Super Bowl contenders going into 2019.
Chicago got off to a solid 3-1 start, but due to persistent problems on the offensive side of the ball and a defense that was not quite as dominant as it was in 2018, the Bears faded, going 5-7 over their final 12 games to finish third in the division.
Of course, many Chicago fans are not going to be happy with just making some changes regarding assistant coaches.
Head coach Matt Nagy came under fire this season for his questionable play-calling, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky regressed in his third year, causing many to wonder whether or not he is truly the Bears’ signal-caller of the future.
Fortunately, Chicago has a full offseason to make some moves, but whether or not it actually satisfies the fanbase is another story entirely.
The Bears have made just one playoff appearance since 2011 and have not made back-to-back trips to the postseason since the 2006-07 campaign, when they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl before falling to the Indianapolis Colts.