(670 The Score) After a win against the Panthers on Oct. 18, the Bears seemed poised to reach the playoffs. After losing six straight games since then, they appear destined for change.
The Bears (5-7) host the Texans (4-8) on Sunday at Soldier Field, where they'll look to snap their slide and salvage what's left in the final four regular-season games. Even as he has come under increased scrutiny, Bears general manager Ryan Pace is hoping Chicago can climb back into the playoff hunt, as he said on the WBBM Newsradio 780 pregame show.
"All of us are angry right now," Pace said in his weekly interview with the Bears' pregame show. "To start off 5-1 and lose six in a row, that's painful for everyone in our building. You've just got to take that emotion and then channel it the right way, keep working to identify why we're in this situation and then every single person in our organization doing everything in their power to get us back on track.
"I look at it like this: We have a quarter of the season remaining. That's significant. And we've shown what we can be on each side of the ball when things are clicking. We just need to do that collectively as an entire team. We do have a close team, and you can feel that togetherness right now as we go through this time. But at the end of the day, we've just got to find a way to get a win, however it comes.
"That's what the focus is today versus Houston -- find a way to get a win."
Now in his sixth season as Bears general manager, Pace's job is in jeopardy as Chicago has bottomed out this season. The Bears won the NFC North title with a 12-4 regular-season record in 2018 before falling to 8-8 last season. This six-game losing streak has left the Bears on the brink of another year of regression. Chicago is 39-53 in Pace's tenure.
Pace hasn't addressed reporters since early September, just before the start of the regular season.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.