There are times in life where you say things you might not mean.
Like when Chicago Bears Head Coach John Fox said he didn’t “give a rip” about his job security, following the team’s 31-3 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
This might have been one of those moments for Fox, who changed his tune in less than 24 hours:
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 27, 2017
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 27, 2017
Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic notes the Bears have lost nine of 43 games coached by Fox by 20+ points. That’s a higher percentage of games than ones coached by Marc Trestman (15.6%), Dave Wannstedt (15%), Dick Jauron (8.8%), and Lovie Smith (8.3%).
The temperatures on Fox’s hot seat are at a new high and the feeling is something has to change at Halas Hall.
Fox has been a head coach (on one team or another) for 131 wins, 120 losses, seven playoff teams, and two Super Bowl runner-ups. He’ll turn 63 in February after wrapping up his 23rd season coaching in the NFL. So maybe he can be excused for “not giving a rip” about job security moments after losing by 28 points on Sunday, but, there’s just no excuse for what happened on the field.
- Since a staple of Fox-coached teams is to get off the bus running, there is no better place to start than by mentioning a historically bad game for the Bears’ rushing offense. Running backs Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and Benny Cunningham combined to lose five yards on 10 carries. Howard’s six yards on seven carries was his worst showing since Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while both Cohen and Cunningham rushed for 11 yards. An 11-yard scramble from Mitch Trubisky was the longest running play from scrimmage. In total, the Bears finished with six total rushing yards, the second fewest in franchise history and fewest for any team since 2014.
- I love it when a plan comes together, but not-so-much when it demoralizes the Bears as much as it did on Sunday. In a postgame interview, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins explained how the team drew up a winning game plan that forced Mitch Trubisky to play hero ball with a weak group of receivers. “The biggest thing was limiting the run game,” Jenkins told the Eagles’ official website. “Once we were able to do that and make them really one-dimensional, we knew it would tough for Trubisky to match up.”
- Sometimes, football can be that simple. Take away a team’s strength and force the opponent to beat you with their weakness. If your team can do that, it will be successful more often than not. Hence, the Eagles are 10-1, running away with the NFC East, and are favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
- And to add insult to injury, Alshon Jeffery starred in his revenge game against the Bears as he caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. He addressed the media after the game wearing a Michael Jordan jersey and a pair of throwback Air Jordans. “It was another work day. That’s all it was,” Jeffery told the Eagles’ official website. “I mean it was just against my former team but I do what I need to do, play football.” Nonchalantly trolling while sporting an A-plus fashion game is other level stuff.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 26, 2017
- Oh, and to add injury to insult, left guard Josh Sitton played just 15 snaps before leaving with a concussion. Sitton, who was replaced by Bradley Sowell, is the Bears’ highest-graded offensive player by Pro Football Focus’ standards and his presence as someone who could help clear a path for a running back and protect the quarterback was dearly missed. The Bears’ interior linemen struggled to limit pressure, especially from defensive lineman Fletcher Cox – who picked up a sack, quarterback hit, and two hurries.
- According to PFF, the one lineman who was getting it done up front was center Cody Whitehair. He allowed no pressures in what was his second straight strong showing at center. Whitehair was PFF’s top-rated center in Week 11 and earned a spot on their Team of the Week.
- And because absolutely nothing could go right, the Bears’ flight out of Philadelphia was delayed because the plane broke down. No. Seriously. Check it out:
The Chicago Bears are still on the tarmac in Philly. Their plane broke and they’re waiting for another to arrive
— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunnNBCS) November 27, 2017
The #Bears’ team buses rolled out of Lincoln Financial Field at 5:45pm ET. After issues with their plane, they didn’t take off for Chicago until 10:24. They’re finally on their way home.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 27, 2017
At least we get good WiFi on the ground, am I right? pic.twitter.com/LZPttviwA9
— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) November 27, 2017
- This was a thing that happened on Sunday that is pretty darn inexcusable:
The Bears had zero first downs in the first half vs the Eagles.
They're the first team to have zero first downs in the first half of a game since the Chiefs did so in Week 15, 2012 vs the Raiders
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 26, 2017
- There are five games left to define the Bears’ season, but hopefully there will be no more first-half efforts that rival what went down in Week 12. However, JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago writes the season is all but defined after the loss against the Eagles. The Bears were out-played, out-coached, out-hustled, and out-classed by a team with a case to be named the NFL’s best. There is no shame in losing to the best. But there is a major problem when the offense is gaining less than three yard per play and racks up more penalty yards than scrimmage yards in the first half. Right guard Kyle Long, who is playing through a billion injuries right now, defined the game as “really (poopy).” Except he didn’t say “poopy.” He said, well, you can figure it out.
- And finally, at least one (ex)Bears coach can deliver a championship:
180-day journey complete 🙌
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) November 27, 2017