Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey expressed disappointment Wednesday with the club's 3-5 record during Comcast SportsNet's "Bears Huddle" show, but remains confident in the direction the team is headed under general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman.
Given the team's high expectations headed into the season, McCasey said he's "very disappointed," adding that "Bears fans and everyone in this building expected us to contend for a Super Bowl."
The Bears haven't won back-to-back games since Weeks 2 and 3 of the season, and have dropped four of their last five. Trestman and Emery said the staff will spend the week at Halas Hall meticulously researching and critiquing the first half of the season to determine which the direction the team should take coming out of the bye.
McCaskey is confident in Trestman and Emery's ability to lead that effort.
"I think every team at some point faces a little bit of adversity in the season, and the measure of that team is how they react to that adversity," McCaskey said. "We'll see what these guys are made of. We have every confidence in Phil and Marc and the players to pull us out of this."
McCaskey also said that Bears fans "have every right to be" upset with the way the season has unfolded. McCaskey was responding to a question about Kyle Long's reaction to fans at Soldier Field booing the team as it came off the field down 14 points at halftime of a Oct. 19 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
"We're 3-5, that's a losing record," he said. "We're winless at home, and that doesn't fit the formula for making it to the postseason. You've got to dominate at home. You've got to control your division, and you've got to do pretty well for yourself on the road. We're outside that formula right now, and we need to correct that."
Whether that's possible at this point remains uncertain, but McCaskey remains bullish in his belief the Bears should be competing for championships every year. At this point, to do that, the Bears need to utilize a more narrow focus.
"The goal every year is to win the Super Bowl," McCaskey said. "The long-range goal is to win more championships than any other team. To do that though, you have to win the next one. That's where we're focused on. Right now, we need to put all our focus and all our energies into winning the next game."
The Bears face the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 9 at Lambeau Field.