ASK THE REPORTER BRAD BIGGS
What is the future of the franchise if the Bears finish 7-9 or worse? The remaining schedule is brutal, save for the Lions and Giants. @stevemco
I don’t know if I would describe it as brutal, but it was easy to see before the season that the second half of the slate likely would be more challenging than the first. The problem is the Bears are sitting at 3-4 instead of something like 5-2. If they continue to play middle-of-theroad football and finish .500 or just below, as you suggest, they will head into the offseason with decisions to make and soul searching to do. While many have asked whether there will be an upheaval at Halas Hall, I believe that is highly unlikely. The team is coming off a 12-4 season, which many have forgotten. That is precisely why folks are so up in arms about the team’s struggles — because expectations for 2019 were sky-high. General manager Ryan Pace is signed through the 2021 season. Coach Matt Nagy is signed through 2022. So barring unforeseen turmoil, I find it hard to believe the Bears will fire a GM they have signed for two more seasons and even less likely they will fire a coach who is signed for three more years. Both were honored for their work last season. I believe the future of the franchise, certainly in terms of the 2020 season, rests in the hands of Pace and Nagy.