CBS Sports put a suggestion out there this week for the Chicago Bears that could best be described as…perplexing.
Cody Benjamin, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, listed his top six landing spots for former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton next season. And he listed the Bears as one of those landing spots.
Payton stepped down as the Saints’ head coach earlier this offseason, but most folks expect him to return to coaching in 2023 (he’s still under contract with New Orleans so he’d have to be traded).
Here’s what CBS Sports said about Payton, the Bears, and current head coach Matt Eberflus (who was just hired earlier this offseason):
New coach Matt Eberflus isn’t necessarily set up to succeed in 2022, with young QB Justin Fields saddled with an iffy O-line and weapons. If the results are predictably ugly, new GM Ryan Poles, coming from the Chiefs, could certainly talk himself into a quick swap for an offensive mind, especially with almost $100 million in projected cap space to utilize in 2023. Who better to help spend the money and assemble a real arsenal (with or without Fields) than Payton? Chicago is well known to the coach, who grew up, went to college and played professionally in and around Windy City.
I give this scenario a less than one percent chance of happening.
For starters, general manager Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus seem to be on the same page when it comes to rebuilding the Bears’ roster. Their visions are aligned. We’ve already seen that Poles is a patient man and he doesn’t make rash decisions. It’s hard for me to imagine him firing Eberflus no matter how the 2022 season goes.
Secondly, Payton is going to be very deliberate when it comes to choosing his next job. Coaching one of the most iconic franchises in football would probably be attractive to Payton, but I don’t think he wants to go through a rebuild at this point in his career. I see him going to a situation with an established quarterback.
There are plenty of other teams that CBS Sports could’ve listed that would’ve made a lot of sense here. The Bears are probably one of the last teams they should’ve listed.
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