How Bears’ Matt Eberflus plans to avoid first-year coach Thursday night trap

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Matt Eberflus has been across the NFL for a very long time. The Bears‘ rookie head coach has spent years amassing knowledge and techniques for when he were given his shot on the helm of an NFL franchise.

That comprises how to get ready a staff for a brief week. A feat that almost all first-time head coaches have failed miserably at.

Since 2015, first-year head coaches are an abysmal 11-31 on Thursday night soccer. Three of the ones wins got here towards every other first-year coach, regardless that. If you throw the ones out the mark is 8-31.

That’s dangerous information for the Bears. But Eberflus, ever-prepared, has a plan to get the Bears able to get again within the win column towards the Washington Commanders at Soldier Field.

“I’ve been around quite some time, and I would say that the best way to do it is to make sure the players are fresh,” Eberflus mentioned Monday. “Make positive they’re contemporary. Do a large number of walk-throughs. We will do this, so we’ll have a walk-through these days. We’ll have a walk-through the following day [Tuesday], after which we’ll have a tradition that final day, the day sooner than the sport. It’ll be a snappy, purple zone-type apply with helmets on. And then it’s a large number of psychological paintings. It’s a large number of walk-throughs, psychological paintings. It’s a large number of movie find out about with the avid gamers and coaches. Players on their very own.


“So you gotta be prepared mentally. Because you’re already almost in the 48-hour preparation. It’s pretty tight. And then you do a lot of things on the day of the game. We have some meetings and walk-throughs the day of the game because it is a night game. It’s at 7:15. You just try to prepare the guys the best you can in that time frame.”

The final first-year coach to win on Thursday night was once Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11 of the 2019 season.

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After Sunday’s 29-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Bears take a seat at 2-3 and are in peril of sliding out of the playoff hunt briefly if they may be able to’t beat the 1-4 Commanders on Thursday night.

The Bears confirmed a large number of middle and psychological toughness towards the Vikings. They overcame a 21-3 deficit to take a 22-21 lead early within the fourth quarter. The comeback fell brief, however the play of quarterback Justin Fields, the offensive line, and the way in which the protection were given off the mat provides the Bears trust they’re on course.

In order for the Bears to secure the send in Week 6, Eberflus can have to have the option to greenback a tricky pattern for first-time head coaches on Thursday night.

That is probably not that massive of an ask for the Bears’ head coach, regardless that. He has been making ready for those moments for the simpler a part of 30 years.

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