Last December, Bears chairman George McCaskey said his mother Virginia was "pissed off" and "fed up with mediocrity" after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace were brought in to change that, and they somewhat have.
Despite their 2-4 record through their first six games of the season, the Bears are showing under Fox and the new regime that they won't go down without a fight, something they hadn't shown much of in previous years.
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"Disappointed, of course, like we all are in our start. I think she sees that under Ryan Pace and John Fox, we're headed in the right direction," McCaskey said, on CSN during Bears Recap on Monday, when asked what Virginia thinks about the Bears' season so far. "We knew it would be tough starting out the first three weeks against playoff teams, and we missed a lot of opportunities yesterday.
"We like the way this team battles. They fight, they never consider themselves out of it, and I think that will help us going forward."
You can listen to McCaskey's full comments in the video above. Also be sure to check out McCaskey's comments on the Ray McDonald situation from last offseason in the video below.
The Chicago Bears fielded a top-10 defense in 2017 and expectations for 2018 may be even higher for a unit that is returning almost all of its key starters.
One of the few offseason additions on defense was outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has familiarity with during his time in San Francisco and who he hopes will emerge as a pass-rushing complement to Leonard Floyd.
Unfortunately, the Bears have yet to see what that pairing looks like during training camp. Lynch remains sidelined with a bum hamstring. He, along with Danny Trevathan, who's also battling a hamstring issue, missed Monday's practice.
Other Bears to sit out include rookie LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB Kasim Edeball, TE Ben Braunecker and rookie CB Kevin Toliver.
Chicago's linebackers have been beaten up by injuries so far in camp, something that may have contributed to the release of undrafted rookie OL Jeremi Hall. It's unlikely the Bears will keep that roster spot open and they could look to add another linebacker to the training camp roster.
Kyle Long and Allen Robinson were given scheduled rest/maintenance days. Both key starters are recovering from injury and will continue to be monitored throughout the summer.
The first casualty of Chicago Bears training camp took place with the release of undrafted rookie free agent Jeremi Hall, the team announced Monday.
Hall was a longshot to make the final roster after signing with the team in May after a tryout at minicamp. He started 24 games at left guard for the Bulls and was a First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection in 2017.
The Bears have been dealing with injury issues at linebacker throughout the first few days of camp and may need the roster spot to bring in another player for the defense's second level.