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The latest on Matt Eberflus, Justin Fields, and Jim Harbaugh

Plenty of NFL insiders dropped reports this morning, and we wade through them here.

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The final weekend of the 2023 regular season is upon us, and all the big dogs of NFL media are unloading their notebooks of sourced news and rumors. We'll know more after today's games, and Black Monday will certainly bring more answers, but there's already one coaching domino that has fallen. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report that the Washington Commanders are expected to let head coach Ron Rivera go on Monday.

Rapoport also reports that the decision on what the Chicago Bears should do with quarterback Justin Fields has not been made. Beating the Green Bay Packers today would go "a long way toward staking his claim to be their franchise quarterback," but it's just not the outcome of the game that will determine that. General Manager Ryan Poles and the Bears will consider the economics of the decision, which includes the contract and draft pick haul a trade of the first overall selection would bring.

Today's game may sway the Bears' thoughts on head coach Matt Eberflus, but all indications are that 'Flus will return.

FOX's Jay Glazer has Eberflus in his "time will tell" category but said he believes he'll be back.

CBS' Jonathan Jones reports that Eberflus "will get another year in 2024."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the situation with Bears and Eberflus has things "leaning safe" for him to return, saying the team has "played well, they have draft capital," and "the players like playing for him."

It is no shocker that Jim Harbaugh to the NFL news and rumors are ramping up, and while most insiders have the Chargers and the Raiders as the two frontrunners, the Bears are also mentioned quite a bit.

Tony Pauline from sportskeeda.com said the Bears and Commanders have also "shown significant interest in Harbaugh."

While the Bears have indicated Matt Eberflus will return as head coach, I am told there is a possibility for change if the franchise believes it can reel in Harbaugh. The fact that the team owns the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and a second selection midway through the frame makes the Chicago job even more attractive.

There has been some speculation that the NFL would honor any NCAA suspension Harbaugh receives from his sign-stealing violation, but no NFL rule indicates they must match such a penalty. There is some precedent, but nothing mandating an NFL team to do so.

Poles had thoughts on his head coach earlier today.

“You can go back to the original press conference and things that I was looking for. One is leadership and the mental toughness and the steady hand to really captain the ship when the seas are rough, and they got rough at certain times. Certainly last year, early this year, there was some sudden change and he was steady at the wheel. He fought to get back above water and get things where they were. His ability to adapt and adjust, really take input from the players to get this thing on the right path was incredible where I think a lot of people would have been in really bad shape and crumbled to the pressure. He got better with the pressure and so did our football team.”