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Fans Have No Idea How Players Feel About Their Coaches

Fans have absolutely no idea how the players within a given organization feels about their coaches.

Seriously, they have no idea and should stop pretending to have a detailed insight into a team’s internal operations.

If you were around all of last year, you would know that Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus was on thin ice – not with the organization, but with the fan base.

Eberflus is heading into his third season with the Bears and was not fired at the conclusion of the 2023 NFL season, and that really was a good thing in my honest opinion. This hiring cycle was very lackluster toward the end, and with uncertainty at the quarterback position in Chicago, it is a place that many first year head coaches may not want to head into.

On the flip side, it could be a very promising opportunity for a newer coach as well, due to the draft capital, the trading ability of Justin Fields, if they so want to do that, and key offensive and defensive players already in place. But the truth of the matter is that we have no idea how the organization feels about these things, especially how they view their coaches.

The average football fan of the Bears would have terminated Eberflus, but the general manager and ownership thought that the wins down the stretch really brought momentum into the new season. I also want to highlight just how the players feel about Coach Eberflus and just how much of a favorite he is within the locker room.

Recently, defensive end Montez Sweat opened up about his coach.

Sweat said, “I like coach Flus. He’s a player’s coach. He puts his playmakers in a position to make plays. And he’s a funny guy.”

Social media unraveled yesterday when this quote came out because many fans just did not see this coming. However, they shouldn’t as they are not in the team meetings, at practice, and around the organization like the players are. I think it is ludicrous to think that a fan knows more than the players, and it is honestly nice to see the athletes supporting their football coach heading into then new season.

Another athlete who spoke highly on Coach Flus is Colts defensive back Kenny Moore. Here is a thread on X back when coach was first hired as the Bears leader.

Ultimately, many more players have spoken about their head coach in positive ways and he is someone who with a new coaching staff this season, could win even more games and fight within their solid NFC North division.

Final Thoughts:

Fans, you have no idea what goes on within an NFL organization and that is okay. It is okay to not understand and have your opinions about your favorite team. I just think it is unique when the narrative begins with the fans that a coach lost the locker room or is not well like, and then translates to the media world. That is something that needs to begin to cease as we head into the new league year… but I know that won’t change anytime soon.

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