This past week, former Bears head coach John Fox was asked which team had the worst offseason. That’s fine and all, considering that it’s content for ESPN. However, he said that the Chicago Bears had the worst offseason among the 32 NFL teams.
“I think when you’re going to play defense, you’re going to lean on takeaways to help a young offense, and you don’t have a kicker, a reliable kicker, that you’re going to need those points from after some of those turnovers. I think the kicking question is really big right now in Chicago. And I think that might be a problem for them in the season,” Fox ultimately said.
Here’s the issue: If the Bears wanted an opinion from a guy who won three division games over three seasons, they would have kept Fox. If they wanted a guy who was 20 games under .500 in his coaching tenure’s opinion, they would have kept Fox. The Bears moved on, and for the better, as the entire CULTURE surrounding the team has changed.
Not to mention, the other three division rivals didn’t have strong offseasons either. Hell, Aaron Rodgers and his new coach are already arguing, which just means it’s going to blow up in Green Bay’s face when the season actually begins. Neither Detroit nor Minnesota had particularly exciting offseasons, save for extending some players. You mean to tell me that a franchise’s new coach and their star quarterback quarreling isn’t worse than what the division winners did?
It’s not like they’re returning the majority of their stout defense. It’s not like they drafted a running back who could develop into a great playmaker for Coach Matt Nagy. It’s not like quarterback Mitch Trubisky isn’t primed for a phenomenal leap after being held down during Fox’s tenure. It’s not like they have one of the best defensive players on the planet primed and ready to go with a full training camp and summer behind him. Oh wait.
Fox is desperately trying to remain relevant in Chicago. Maybe he’s still angry and hurt that the Bears fired him for a younger, and quite frankly, better coach. Taking these shots at the Bears is only going to make him look worse and worse, especially when fans remember it was his coaching staff that made the decision to cut Robbie Gould. Not to mention the city has THRIVED under Nagy, quickly rendering Fox useless.
He also was the reason that a lot of their younger players, like Tarik Cohen and Trubisky, didn’t properly develop in their first years. Both of these players excelled under Nagy in his first season, which proves that Fox should stop talking. Just imagine if Fox was actually competent with developing young players, how great Cohen and Trubisky could be now.
He is right in the fact that the Bears need a kicker, but I would rather trust the Bears front office and Coach Nagy over a washed-up coach who put the Bears in this spot to begin with. The issue is that Fox isn’t the only doubter for the Bears. There are several analysts and pundits that believe Chicago is going to regress. The haters are there, but Chicago is just going to prove why they’re the Monsters of the Midway. Let’s see their opinions show through when “Club Dub” is reverberating through the loudspeakers.