In 2019 the Chicago Bears finished 8-8, which was good for the eighth-ranked team in the conference standings. Despite such a mediocre season, the team was still playing for a possible playoff berth until their Week 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers. According to a recent report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is considering expanding the number of playoff teams, which if true, will only increase the pressure on the Bears.
Currently, only the top-six teams make the playoffs in each conference. Even if the new rule would have been in place last year, the team still would have fallen short of the playoffs behind the Los Angeles Rams. However, the scrutiny on the team, as well as the disappointment for not making the playoffs, would have been more intense.