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.