LAKE FOREST, Ill. ( Associated Press) — Matt Eberfluss was congratulated by the owners of the Chicago Bears after Monday’s 33-14 win that prevented New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick from making a historic comeback.
With a win, Belichick would have risen to 325, which would have placed him second on the all-time list behind Don Shula and above Bears founder George Halas.
Belichick would undoubtedly reach the mark, but it didn’t come at the expense of the Halas franchise, whose daughter Virginia McCaskey currently owns it.
“Yes, there were some comments from the McCaskey family about it and they were happy,” Eberfluss said on Tuesday.
Even if history is left aside, the victory was enough to make the Bears feel happy and optimistic.
Moving into a tough road game against Dallas on Sunday, the Bears found a way to win on the road for the first time under Aberfluss, using quarterback Justin Fields as a running threat, but also as a passer. Too.
It won’t be that easy to replicate, Aberfluss acknowledged.
“I think once that record is in place, the boys will have to defend it,” Koch said. “So you want to be creative with how you do things and you want to do it safely because he’s your quarterback.”
Fields took several hard hits while attempting a pass, but escaped a penalty on scheduled rushing plays. He finished on 14 carries with 82 yards as the Bears ran 45 times for 243 yards.
On five occasions, Fields went to the line of scrimmage for first and -10 on the third down.
“I think it’s very difficult to defend,” Eberfluss said. “I’ve tried to defend against those for years and it’s tough.”
Fields completed 13 of 21 passes for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an effective passing game that forced Aberfluss to credit offensive coordinator Luke Getty.
ground attack. It wasn’t just Fields, as David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert had 62 yards and the Bears now lead the NFL in rushing with 1,267 yards and 181 per game.
Pin pressure. The Bears only had one sack from Rokan Smith and Aberfluss felt they could have made it easier for themselves if they had added a few more sacks.