For most Chicago Bears fans the John Fox era ended today with that humiliating loss to Green Bay. Everything about it felt like that proverbial “nail in the coffin” moment. The Bears had 15 days to prepare. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t playing. It should’ve been the perfect situation for them to finally get a win over their rivals.
Instead the Packers came out hard and aggressive. The Bears were flat-footed, sloppy and lacked urgency almost the entire game. Ongoing issues with penalties continued and Fox committed what was probably the worst coaches’ challenge of the 2017 season. The 62-year old coach is now 1-5 against the Packers and 12-29 overall.
People have used injuries and lack of talent as an excuse for too long. Fox just isn’t at the same level as other coaches in this division, let alone the rest of the NFL. His conservative nature isn’t doing the team any favors. All three of their wins felt like pulling teeth. There was relief at the end but tons of pain throughout.
Now it may finally be over.
Multiple sources claim John Fox era is at an end
Not long after the game ended in a 23-16 defeat, word began to filter out that the decision has been made. Fox is done in Chicago. First to make this statement was local radio personality Kevin Matthews who claims the coach will be gone before next Sunday.
I just heard from a great source, this was John Fox’s last game.
— Kevin Matthews (@Whatareyougoofy) November 12, 2017
By itself it’s hard to take this seriously. Matthews has connections with a lot of ex-Bears but it’s hard to say how solid his sources are. That is until he was corroborated by a more seasoned insider in Benjamin Allbright. He was the first one to break that the Bears were switching to Mitch Trubisky six weeks ago. He’s been tied closely to Fox ever since he coached in Denver. It’s no longer a question if the coach is gone. It’s a matter of when.
He's done. The question is whether he and Loggains get the rest of the season. https://t.co/j4lzhk1SrF
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 13, 2017
The Bears have never fired a head coach in the middle of a season. Not even Marc Trestman who gave up 50 points in back-to-back games. Would they really break that streak for Fox? It’s hard to say at this point. Yet the big news remains. Credible voices have begun to speak up that he is gone. That’s no longer a question. Only time is the factor now.
Thus the search can truly and properly begin for who will take over the management of Trubisky next year.