The men in charge of the Bears did their best Wednesday morning to try to ease the frustrations of the fans.
Ryan Pace and John Fox held a press conferece at Halas Hall. They made it clear the organization let the fans down and they vow to do better in the future.
“We’re not going to sit here behind our youth and injuries. We need to evaluate everything and we need to get better,” said Pace.
There’s no way to sugarcoat a 3-13 season. Pace and Fox made no attempt to do so.
“Obviously 3-13 is not acceptable. The buck stops here,” said Fox.
This wasn’t strictly an apology session. The two men remain convinced the Bears are on the right track even if their record doesn’t indicate that. They point to the young players like Ryan Howard, Cody Whitehair and Leonard Floyd who made significant contributions this season, and they say they have the resources to go after more young talent.
“We’re top five in cap space this year in free agency,” says Pace. “With that comes major, major responsibility. We’re picking extremely high in every round. We’ve got to take advantage of that.”
Pace admits he has a tough decision to make regarding Alshon Jeffery. He believes Kevin White can still be a playmaking speedster despite his two seasons worth of leg injuries. Pace didn’t rule out Jay Cutler returning to the team. He says Cutler continues to rehab under the Bears guidance.
But Pace also says he’ll explore all avenues to fix the quarterback position.
“I think everything is on the table right now. Really it’s free agency, it’s trade, it’s draft. It’s current players on the team. Everything is on the table.”
There’s no question there is pressure on the entire organization to start producing some wins. All of the no-shows by the fans at the Bears final home games spoke loudly about the fan frustration level. Both Fox and Pace promised the fans they won’t see a repeat of this year.
“My message to Bears fans is simple. We’re going to get better. We will improve. I hear you,” said Pace.
“This is foreign territory for me as well as a coach,” said Fox. “It is going to get better.”