Having spent three years at Halas Hall, John Fox should have a good idea of what the Chicago Bears are doing, how they are doing it, and where the organization wants to go moving forward.
So even though Fox won’t be around to see the next phase of the rebuild first-hand, he still has some high expectations for his former team, as well as quarterback Mitch Trubisky:
"I thought Mitch handled it great, he's respected in that locker room…..the Bears have gone out & done a good job in free agency surrounding him with some weapons……I don't care who you are, its not one guy, you need some help around you"
– Fmr. @ChicagoBears HC John Fox pic.twitter.com/OmL3Lcj2ld
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 11, 2018
While there were times when Fox seemed clueless, at least he understands the importance of having the right pieces around the quarterback as much as it is having the quarterback himself.
So even though GM Ryan Pace fired Fox after posting a 14-34 record in three seasons as the head coach, Fox has no ill will toward the team. But seriously, no hard feelings?
“Life’s too short,” Fox said, via Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Sometimes setbacks are setups for bigger and better thing to come, so I’ll just attack the next chapter.” If you’ll recall, that next chapter will play out on ESPN as an in-studio NFL analyst.
It really says something about Fox that he hasn’t used his platform as a blooming NFL media star to pound the Bears, especially considering the organization dropped him right before it finally started making an attempt to build around the quarterback he coached as a rookie last season. To the point where I’m almost curious to hear what he will have to say about the team (and possibly other things) when football season kicks off in September.