Eddie Royal on 2-6 Bears: ‘Why not win out?’
The Chicago Bears stumbled to a 2-6 record at the 2016 NFL season’s midway point. But Eddie Royal doesn’t see any reason why the Bears cannot go on a run. A big one.
The Bears wide receiver, in fact, believes the team needs to believe it can win its remaining eight games.
“You look around and you see so many good players, it’s like, why not win out?” Royal said, via ESPN. “You’ve got to win the first one, but we believe in each other so much that we know that we can turn this thing around.”
The Bears last played on Halloween, whipping the Minnesota Vikings before embarking on their bye week. Rested and refreshed, Chicago is on the road this week for a Sunday showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming up next.
As far as the rest of the schedule shakes out, the Bears still have divisional road games against the Lions and Vikings, as well as a visit to New Jersey in Week 11 for a tilt with the New York Giants. The remaining games against the Packers, Titans, 49ers and Redskins are all at the friendly confines of Soldier Field.
While Royal preaches unrestrained optimism, Bears head coach John Fox, while encouraged by the team’s win over the Vikings, is taking a more pragmatic view of the team’s prospects of rebounding.
“You can spend a lot of time looking in the rear view mirror driving your car,” Fox said Monday. “If you spend too much time looking back, then you wreck. So our focus is in front of us now. A couple of those games go the other way — we’re 4-4, instead of 2-6. It sounds a little better, no doubt. But we can’t change that. We are what we are. Right now, we can be 10-6 or 2-14; that’s the reality, math-wise. Hopefully, we can move more toward the first one.”
Of course, nothing is impossible. Perhaps the Bears could win out. But for all intents and purposes, the chances of it occurring are remote at best. There’s a reason why the team is 2-6, after all.