John Fox not seeking assurances about his job, hasn’t considered staff changes

John Fox not seeking assurances about his job, hasn’t considered staff changes

A short while after the New York Giants became the first NFL team to fire their head coach this season, John Fox was asked if he’s received any assurances he’ll remain head coach of the Bears through the team’s remaining four games. 

“I haven't heard anything one way or the other,” Fox said. “I wouldn't ask. That's more how I see it. I'm doing everything in our power to put the best product on the field day to day, week to week. I control what I can control and that's what I can control.”

The Bears are 3-9 and, with Sunday’s 15-14 loss to the lowly San Francisco 49ers, Fox owns the worst winning percentage (.273) of any coach in franchise history. Things have spiraled for the Bears since the bye week, which they entered with a 3-5 record and an opportunity to self-scout and rest up for a second half schedule that looked softer than the first half. 

Fox said he hasn’t — and won’t — consider changes to his coaching staff (“that’s not been kind of productive for me in the past,” he explained) and offered this quote when asked if he’s been pleased with the work of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains:

“Any time you bring in new quarterbacks, again, we all have to answer that and we're all big boys and we get it,” Fox said. “I’d like to have been more productive offensively but the reality is we're kind of where we are. Playing a lot of young players, in particularly at the quarterback position, I've seen improvement in him, and that's kind of what I look for is are we getting better.”

As for his players, Fox said he thought Mitchell Trubisky “played arguably his best game” after completing 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards. When asked about Tarik Cohen’s usage — he played 43 percent of the Bears’ snaps and had six touches — Fox said “I  think we're using Tarik just fine.” And Fox acknowledged there is a possibility Kyle Long, who exited Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, could be shut down for the remainder of the 2017 season. 

Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”

That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you


That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you

So apparently John Fox is getting bored.

The former Bears head coach who led the team to three consecutive last-place seasons from 2015-17 just signed with ESPN as a NFL studio analyst.

He’ll be getting paid to dish out insider information on players and what’s happening on the field — details that frustrated Bears fans could not get out of the often elusive Fox

This is great news if you had a void in your heart that only John Fox quotes could fill — especially in case his “We don’t know exactly what we’re doing” and "Sometimes it's hard to measure what's behind the left nipple"  hot takes weren’t cutting it anymore

But more importantly, Fox’s new position brings up a new burning question: What ex-Bear will be a better analyst?

What will the Fox say? Will he be able to muster more than 10 words out of Jay? The NFL season needs to get here sooner.