Dan Wiederer: ‘Have we gotten the quarterback situation completely right? No. Have we won enough games? No. Everything else is there.' Bears' self-evaluation raises new questions.

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CHICAGO — George McCaskey volunteered the information himself, citing an email he received from an incensed season-ticket holder deep into the regular season. McCaskey said the message came after “one particularly dispiriting loss,” which only slightly narrowed the options for anyone trying to figure out an exact timeline.

Anyway, within that angry message sent to the chairman of the Chicago Bears was a request that became popular across the city throughout November and December and now into January.

”Fire somebody. We deserve better.”

McCaskey read those words — and, he indicated, floods of emails with similar vibes — and reflected on a tailspin that saw the Bears go 56 days between victories and ultimately lose eight of their final 11 games.

“I get it,” McCaskey said Wednesday morning. “You deserve your Bears being winners.”

But then came the pivot, quick and decisive like Jack Sikma in his prime.


“The decisions we’re announcing today might not be the easiest or most popular,” McCaskey continued. “But we believe they’re the best decisions for the Bears.”

Those decisions, which were instantly confirmed as unpopular? General manager Ryan Pace will be back for his seventh season in 2021. Coach Matt Nagy will give things another spin in Season 4. Together that duo is again being given full trust from their bosses to chase the simple achievement that has eluded the organization for a full decade now: a playoff win.

(Or for those into the baby-steps approach, perhaps they can start first with producing a second winning season?)

At Halas Hall, Pace and Nagy are being given at least one more crack at elevating the organization, mostly because McCaskey believes in how hard they work and how well they collaborate. Team president Ted Phillips agrees wholeheartedly.


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