Go ahead and make excuses.
The Bears have a rookie quarterback, the pass catchers are unknowns, the offensive line is banged up, the defense isn't consistent...
The reality is that the Bears are a 3-6 football team under third-year head coach John Fox. The Fox coached Bears have won 12 games and have lost 29, owning a 41.3 winning percentage since he arrived in town in 2015.
General manager Ryan Pace signed off the Mike Glennon addition which forced the Bears into uninspiring football over the first four games. Since then, it has been a mixed bag with No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubiksy.
But the truth is that the Bears will never be a good football team under Fox. That sentiment is most true in close games. Just this season, the Bears have lost four close games by a combined 24 points. That total would be less with a few calls going the team's way, but Fox doesn't help the cause with his lack of coaching.
8:09 was on the clock this Sunday when Fox made perhaps one of the worst challenges you'll see in a football game. Benny Cunningham had just reeled in a Trubisky screen pass on 3rd and 13, taking it to the Green Bay 2-yard line.
Unfortunately, the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone after hitting the pile on. Cunningham looked like part of his body hit out of bounds before that occurred but it was hard to tell.
Trubisky was rushing his offense to the line of scrimmage to get a quick play off. That was with the hope that Green Bay didn't challenge the play, but instead Fox challenges and does the Bears in. That was at least a 3-point swing if not seven if Trubisky is able to punch it in.
John Fox on the bad challenge: "It’s a fair question. Unfortunately I can’t really respond exactly how I’d like to. Obviously in those situations, hindsight is 20/20. I probably would not challenge that if I was given that opportunity again. I’m going to leave it at that."
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 13, 2017
Fox has coached football since 1978 and at the NFL level since 1989, he's coached three NFL franchises. How in the world can you make that call? It killed the Bears only sniff of momentum on the day.
The Bears’ 6 losses as favorites in the Fox era
49ers 26, Bears (-6.5) 20
Washington 24, Bears (-3.5) 21
Eagles 29, Bears (-3) 14
Jaguars 17, Bears (-2.5) 16
Buccaneers 36, Bears (-2.5) 10
Packers 23, Bears (-5.5) 16
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) November 13, 2017
I get why the Bears' management paired a young general manager in Pace with a veteran head coach in Fox. But when Fox was fired after posting a 46-18 record in four seasons with Denver, you had to be skeptical.
The Bears may not have the best talent, but they are a gritty team with a quarterback that wants to be a winner. That will never ever happen under Fox. His offensive coordinator certainly doesn't help much either.
Dowell Loggains gave rookie back Tarik Cohen only 13 snaps with two touches on the day. Rookie tight end Adam Shaheen drew his first career start with Zach Miller on injured reserve. He caught two passes for 39 yards early on, but then he wasn't targeted again.
Trubisky finished 21-of-35 for 297 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked a whopping five times with right guard Kyle Long on the bench. He made smart decisions on passes, but his pocket awareness can improve.
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) November 12, 2017
You can't fault Trubisky too much considering every team knows what is coming, a Jordan Howard run.
8. Rookie back Tarik Cohen is the #Bears’ most explosive player but he had two only touches. Fox surely influences the offense, but Cohen’s lack of production is on coordinator Dowell Loggains.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 13, 2017
This is the best tweet I saw since Sunday's 23-16 loss. I can't agree more with Jahns and I've been saying this for weeks. Whether he's a decoy, a receiver or a running back, Cohen needs to be on the field.
Loggains takes forever to set up his offense. He is awfully predictable much like his head coach.
The Bears' defense certainly didn't fare well making Packers quarterback Brett Hundley look like an above average player. The absence of middle linebacker Danny Trevathan proved costly while cornerback Kyle Fuller picked a bad time to have his most uneven game of the season.
Next Sunday, the last place Bears host Detroit and you can bet that Fox will be booed heavily if we see another stinker.
All in all, there is no confidence in close games with Fox and his staff. Like I said, you can blame the players, but coaching is a huge part of football and Fox is not good whatsoever. He won't be an NFL head coach again once he is let go by the Bears. I promise you that. Lovie Smith at least had confidence, a coach the Bears after a winning 2012 season.
If Fox isn't fired after three straight losing seasons, how can George McCaskey and Ted Phillips spin that? It's sad what the Bears have become. A true laughing stock.
The players want to win, but that won't happen under Fox's command.
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