The Chicago Bears rank 10th in the NFLPA player survey, with high marks for facilities and low marks for food.

The Chicago Bears ranked 10th among 32 teams in the NFL Players Association’s 2024 report cards, which provide insight into player ratings of working conditions off the field.

The report cards, now in their second year, were compiled from an anonymous survey of 1,706 NFL players who were asked to rate 11 categories: treatment of families, food and cafeteria , nutritionist/dietitian, locker room, training room, training staff, weights. gym, strength coaches, team travel, head coach and ownership.

“It’s kind of holding up a mirror and saying, ‘This is what the workplace looks like for a player,'” NFLPA President JC Tretter said at the NFL scouting combine, where The bulletins were released Wednesday. “When you have to understand that and look in the mirror and realize that’s what you’re offering your players, I think that’s the time to make some changes.”

The Bears ranked first for their facilities at Halas Hall, which the Bears completed a renovation and expansion project in 2019. Their locker room received the fourth highest rating, and their weight room and gyms training team placed sixth. These ratings are based on whether players believe they have enough space, appropriate equipment and sufficient coaching staff.

Food and cafeteria remained one of the Bears’ lowest grades for the second year, receiving a C, which ranks 21st. The report said Bears players wanted healthier options in their food choices and how they were prepared. Their nutritionist/dietitian was ranked 24th.

“Multiple players do not perceive that the offers maximize player performance,” the report states.

Head coach evaluations, new this year, were based on whether players felt their coaches were efficient with their time and were willing to accept feedback and collaborate with players – not on coaching and performance. in-game success. Matt Eberflus received a B, ranked 25th, because 81% of players felt he was efficient with their time. Players thought he was “somewhat willing to listen to the locker room.”

Bears ownership was ranked 13th for its willingness to invest in team facilities.

The Bears made a significant improvement from last year in how players felt their families were treated, moving from 22nd to 11th in the rankings. This past season, the Bears instituted a game day daycare program for players’ children and also provided a separate family tent for training camp.

The Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers received the top three overall rankings in the report cards.

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs were ranked 31st, primarily due to the team’s facilities and what is seen as owners’ reluctance to invest and follow through on upgrade promises. Coach Andy Reid, however, placed first.

“I think it’s always uncomfortable to be graded,” Tretter said. “Minnesota really enjoyed being No. 1 last year, and they worked hard to get results. Teams that score well benefit from this. It’s never fun to be rated poorly. But we’ve seen teams make significant changes, so I think they’ve taken that to heart. They will never publicly say, “We did it because we were rated by the NFLPA.” » We understand that. We are not looking for credit. But I think it made a difference. I think the players felt it made a difference.

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