By Chris Emma–

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) —  Nearly a year ago, chairman George McCaskey stood before the assembled media and spoke of the grave state of his family’s football franchise, the Chicago Bears.

Addressing a dismal 2014 season and the dismissals of coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery, McCaskey clearly stated his disappointment in how far the team had fallen. He was speaking on behalf of his mother, Virginia.

“She’s pissed off,” McCaskey said last December on what was known as Black Monday in the NFL.

McCaskey spoke briefly with the media Friday, discussing several topics, including the current state of the Bears. The team is 5-8 through 13 games, the exact same mark as 2014, but the franchise is in a much different place.

Under first-year general manager Ryan Pace and new coach John Fox, the Bears have shown the improvements that McCaskey desired when he made the moves last December.

“She’s been very supportive of the changes that we’ve made,” McCaskey said of his mother. “She likes the progress that she’s seen. Like everyone else here, including John (Fox) and Ryan (Pace), we’d like to see more Ws. But we’re moving forward.”

The Bears play at the Vikings on Sunday. Chicago is looking to earn just its second win in the NFC North, with the only divisional victory coming on a Thanksgiving win in Green Bay. Kickoff comes at noon from TCF Bank Stadium.

Chris Emma covers the Chicago sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.