Matt Eberflus’ Practices Reportedly Just Reached New Ass-kicking Heights

That class music line sounds true here. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Chicago Bears players thought they knew what hard work was under Matt Nagy, as he was their only NFL head coach experience. As it turned out, they had no idea how easy it was for them under the former head coach. That clarity reached new heights on Friday, August 5, when training ended. One that many in attendance called the most intense they’d seen yet under Matt Eberflus.

The players seem to agree. Cole Kmet is no stranger to hard work. He split his time in college between two sports. He spent the last off season learning under some of the best tight ends in the league such as Travis Kelce and George Kittle. The man is in excellent shape. So when someone like him admits that a practice was brutal, that’s remarkable. Not only was Friday tough, Kmet openly stated it was the toughest workout he’d ever been through.

Kmet was not alone.

Eddie Jackson and Darnell Mooney supported his assessment at their press meetings. Mooney admitted he was put down in the locker room afterward. Jackson said it was the kind of exercise that forced a player to do one of two things, step up or “tap out”. He was proud that no one stopped.

Matt Eberflus warned everyone what was coming.

When he took over the team, the head coach said players had better have their track shoes ready. This team was going to run. Each exercise would be played with a lot of energy and intensity. He plans to have guys in peak condition. There is no room for the weak on this roster. Guys better be mentally and physically strong if they want a place here. Winning in the NFL is hard. Only the teams that can work through pain and exhaustion reach the mountaintop.

It seems his message has finally reached his players. Their roster status before 2022 says nothing. The only way they will survive under his supervision is by showing a willingness to work very, very hard. It’s not for everyone. There will be players who can’t handle such a fast pace, and that’s totally the point. The goal of Matt Eberflus is to eradicate the weak and find 53 players who can play at maximum intensity for 60 minutes. The Bears will be a contender if and when that goal is met.

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