By Alexander Pancoe
Even the staunchest Chicago fans are finding it hard to stomach the Bears’ recent season, which just closed out with five consecutive losses. It’s difficult to understand how the Bears took such a dramatic turn for the worse following a highly respectable 2013 season. At the end of their rope, the owners are aware that building a new team from scratch is the only workable approach for the season ahead.
Based on the picture that players, speculators, and insiders paint, the team was fraught with internal problems this season, too, undoubtedly contributing to their compromised performance on the field. Reportedly, former head coach Marc Trestman and former general manager Phil Emery were in bitter disagreement over the benching of Jay Cutler midway through the season. Some even say Trestman exhibited uneven disciplininary standards from player to player, causing tension within the team.
From where they stand now, the Bears look forward to a clean slate. With their head coach and general manager already out of the picture, furnishing a new coaching and management staff seems like the logical place to start. Also, the team needs to put new players on the field, restrategize, and figure out what to do with Jay Cutler, who signed a six year, $126.7 million contract at the beginning of last season. Fresh talent could breathe new life into what has become a stagnant franchise.