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The 3 Best & Worst Games of John Fox’s Bears Tenure: Part II (Worst)

| December 19th, 2017

Now onto the worst games…

Honestly this was a lot harder to narrow down because the John Fox era has sucked something fierce. There are many, many games that you could make a case for, but after careful consideration I present to you the three worst games under John Fox.

#3. November 13th, 2016

Chicago @ Tampa Bay: Buccaneers 36, Bears 10

You remember that really dominant win against the Vikings I discussed yesterday? How the Bears had a bye week, and therefore plenty of time to get healthy and plan for a Tampa Bay team that was mediocre at best? Yeah, they ended up getting the crap kicked out of them in what was possibly Cutler’s worst performance as a Bear. He turned the ball over four times, including both a pick six and a fumble in the end zone that led to a safety. Jordan Howard also lost a fumble making it five turnovers on the day against a team that had previously struggled at getting takeaways.

The defense didn’t fare much better, allowing Jameis Winston to throw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Oh and this was also the game that Kyle Long tore up his ankle and was lost for the rest of the season (not to mention a good chunk of this one). A lot of the blame for this loss falls on Cutler, but the Bears had two weeks to prepare a game plan to beat the freaking Buccaneers and maybe turn the second half of their season into something worth watching. Instead they come out and lay a giant goddamn egg, spoiling whatever bit of goodwill they had built up in beating Minnesota two weeks before.


#2. September 28th, 2017

Chicago @ Green Bay: Packers 35, Bears 14

You didn’t really think we were going to get through this without mentioning the Mike Glennon era, did you? While it only lasted four games, it felt like four lifetimes.

Glennon lost three of those four starts, but his last was by far his worst. By the time the Bears arrived at 1-2 to play their division rival in primetime the evidence was already pretty overwhelming that Glennon did not have the skills nor play-making ability to be an effective starter in the NFL and, in primetime, the Bears were humiliated by their oldest rival. How humiliated? Well on the first play of the Bears opening drive Mike Glennon was sacked and fumbled the ball (even though he had plenty of time to get it to a wide open Zach Miller). Packers recovered and quickly scored. Glennon managed to fumble again later on in the game, and threw two interceptions as well. It was a bleak affair from start to finish with the most hopeful moments for Bears fans coming during the 45 minute weather delay where we were able to speculate on the possibility of Fox pulling Glennon and putting in Trubisky. It didn’t happen that night, but Trubisky was named the starter moving forward a few days later. It’s just shameful it took John Fox that long to make the move.


#1. November 12th, 2017

Green Bay @ Chicago: Packers 23, Bears 16

Yes, Fox’s two worst games as a Bears head coach have come against Green Bay. In the same season, no less. This is the game that put the proverbial nail in John Fox’s coffin, and it did so for a number of reasons.

  • The Bears lost yet another game coming out of a bye week.
  • They looked unprepared and uninspired even though they had extra time to plan against a worn down opponent.
  • Their offense was bland and predictable.
  • They lost against an opponent they were favored to beat. It was the first time the Bears went in to a match up against the Packers as the favorites in what felt like roughly 750 years.
  • And oh yeah THEY GOT OUTPLAYED BY BRETT FREAKING HUNDLEY!

Not to mention the infamous Foxy challenge which took the Bears from having 1st and goal at the 3-yard-line to incurring a touchback and giving the ball back to Green Bay. Perhaps the worst part of this game was that it perfectly encapsulated all the problems John Fox had struggled throughout the last three years:

​1.​Questionable in-game coaching.

​2.​A flat performance coming out of a bye week.

​3.​Losing to an opponent you’re favored to beat. (The Bears have never won when favored under Fox.)

​4.​Losing to a divisional rival. (John Fox is 3-14 against NFC North opponents as Bears head coach)

Time and again John Fox has let real opportunities for the Bears to gain momentum slip by. His team has often looked unprepared in situations where they had ample time to develop a strong game plan. It’s sloppy, it’s infuriating, and it reeks of poor coaching. It needs to stop.


Honorable Mention

Every game John Fox remains head coach.

This should be at most two games. If the Bears haven’t fired Fox by this point it’s hard not to imagine them waiting until the end of the season (however an embarrassing loss to the 0-14 Browns in their home finale could just push Pace over the edge). Still, Fox should’ve been fired weeks ago. He isn’t the coach of the future. He isn’t the guy that is going to help Trubisky make a Jared Goff-like jump from this year to next. Fox was brought in to fix an extremely toxic and apathetic culture left by Marc Trestman, and in that regard he succeeded. However, in three years his limitations as a coach have clearly been exposed. Every game he remains head coach is basically Chicago killing time, and already too much time has been wasted.

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  • BerwynBomber

    Per the previous thread, mine would be:

    3. TB/Conte pick six game
    2. Blaine Gabbert game
    1. Brett Hundley game

    That said, I can see wishing to include a Glennon game.

    Fun stuff, Emily.

    • Yeah, I’d match your list. Losing against a Rodgers-led GB team with Mike Glennon as your QB is all but a given. These three losses were all games where Bears went in with legit expectations of winning, which makes the loss all the more painful.

    • SC Dave

      Agreed. Glennon’s performance that Jeff cites is about the *average* shitshow we got from Jay Cutler. But Jeff s hates Glennon you *know* this was coming.

      But I was hoping it would be Emily with the follow-up.

      • Emily

        This was me, not Jeff. And since this article was focused on games John Fox coached, that limited number of Cutler performances considered. He played well pretty much all of 2015, and was injured for pretty much all of 2016. Apart from the Bucs game which I included, Cutler did not have another game under John Fox that was anywhere as bad as Glennon against the Packers.

        • BerwynBomber

          Agreed. I was a never huge Cutler fan — pretty much a Cutler skeptic his entire Bears career — BUT he was light years beyond Glennon as a starter.

          I’m still not convinced Glennon should be ahead of Sanchize on the depth chart even if it doesn’t much matter.

          Glennon looked like he should not be in the league. Even as a #2.

        • SC Dave

          When the article was originally posted, Jeff’s name was on the byline. But it is corrected now, I see.

  • BearDown100393

    There are no good losses.

  • Jokey

    Wow, never won one when favored, I didn’t know that. Over 3 seasons? At least the pain we’re feeling isn’t imaginary. We’ve been disfavored for all 7 wins over the last 2, at least that’s something. I’d rather have it that way than the other way where we never beat favored teams, and that seemed to have been a pretty steady pre-Fox pattern, iirc? I’m not saying Fox should stay, I’m just searching for positives.

    • Either that changes this week or the Browns get their first win of the season.

      • I think the Browns win.

        They know the Steelers are next, and they will NOT want to go down as only the 2nd team in NFL history to go 0-16

        They nearly beat the Puke.

        They’ll be motivated while Fox is too busy taking a dump to care.

        • BearDown100393

          Garbage Bowl 2017

        • willbest

          On the flip side the Bears haven’t lost to an AFCN team in the regular season in the last 7.5 years.

      • Jokey

        If we lose, Fox should be immediately fired for his own safety. We’re favored 6.5.

        • BearDown100393

          Fox will be safe and sound in the confines of an empty Soldier Field.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Hard to whoop your own ass.

      • SC Dave

        I’m fine with the Browns winning if Jordan Howard rushes for 300 yards.

  • BearDown100393

    “Let me repeat re: Jeff Fisher. There is a -1000% chance he will be the next Bears coach. And that’s generous.”

    Those odds are still way too high.

    • ButtonShoes

      It’s funny how people think this is an impossibility. Like the Bears are incapable of making a disastrous move like this, even though doing stupid things like this is par for the course for them.

  • BearDown100393

    The Fudge Andrew Luck’d Erin’s shoulder.

    Lol.

  • Sactowns#1

    Question- If Cutler bailed on his team ala Erin, would he not be pilloried?

    • It’s not really bailing when you got metal plates and screws and you’re team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

      If they were still in the hunt, no doubt he plays, even while obviously still inj (3 INTs, and a lot of under throws)

      • SC Dave

        Yeah, not quite like riding a bicycle during the NFC Championship.

        That being said, fuck MJD.

    • BearDown100393

      Is it a regular season game or the NFC Championship?

      • BerwynBomber

        And a completely meaningless regular season game at that …

    • BerwynBomber

      Reports are that GB brass shut him down and he wasn’t happy.

      To a degree both Rodgers and Cutler are both wrestling with the ghosts of reputations they can’t quite escape. Rodgers’ is ironman Favre and trying to live up to that. Cutler’s is the NFCC game and his bike ride.

      The biggest news was that GB let Rodgers play in the first place. That was insane.

      • SC Dave

        Disagreed. It was not insane, since they were clearly in the hunt for the playoffs.

        Now that they are all but eliminated, it makes way more sense to keep him off the field.

  • BearDown100393
    • I’d rather have nearly anyone but Fisher who is Fox’s twin.

      Even Marvin Lewis.

      • willbest

        Bring Lovie back if we are going with Fisher. At least the team won’t be undisciplined.

    • beninnorcal

      Data’s famous now, doesn’t have time for us little people anymore. Seriously cool tho, data

    • I stand by that. It won’t happen, but if it did I become a Pats fan.

      I know, they’re the fucking evil empire. But my best friend is from New England and a die hard Pats fan. They’ve become my AFC team and Bears his NFC team.

      • BerwynBomber

        Your friend lives an NFL fan existence that I cannot fathom …

        • He knows how lucky he is too. After last years’ SB he talked about realizing it.

          At halftime and throughout the 3rd quarter of the game, he wasn’t even that pissed. He was just “well, we already have 4, I’ve been lucky, this must just be ATL’s year.”

          I cannot even fathom having that sort of perspective about the Bears if they were getting their asses kicked in the Super Bowl.

      • ButtonShoes

        Do you believe this team is incapable of making Jeff Fisher HC? Because I don’t.

        Now I don’t think the Bears will do this either. But then, I wouldn’t put it past them. Pace and the McCaskeys are more than capable of being that stupid.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow. That’s the lowest form of life, Woodsy. Not just deserting a team – that’s bad enough – but to go to the Pats ….. and then admitting you’re a Pats fan …. do it NOW.

  • Pretty Boy Assassin
    • willbest

      Unsurprised. Being on a bad team does that to a player.

    • SC Dave

      Pro Bowl has always been a mere popularity contest. I’m sure now the nominees will always be whoever has the most fantasy points.

      I only care about the All-Pro teams that the *players* pick. Although their legitimacy is less than sterling as well.

    • BerwynBomber

      Sucks but I don’t have a huge problem with the three DEs selected ahead of him. Close call but those guys are hardly shabby.

      Plus, given that Griffen and Jordan will probably play in the post-season there is a decent chance Hicks could still be chosen as an alternate.

    • ButtonShoes

      Not really. Players on terrible teams don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

  • SC Dave

    Perhaps Cutler’s worst game? Really? Amongst this fucking shit show?

    https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CutlJa00/gamelog/?opp_id=gnb

    • BerwynBomber

      A 68 passer rating over 13 games. SMFH …

  • BuddhaJoe

    I think losing to the terrible 49ers deserves to be up there. And in the highly unlikely event that they lose to the Browns that shoots to #1. If that happens the entire team should be shot out of a cannon into the sun.

    • BerwynBomber

      Except JimmyG is now 3-0 as an SF starter.

      That could turn out to be one helluva trade by Lynch.

      • Which loss to the terrible 49ers are we talking about? I thought he meant the one in 2015, with Blaine Gabbert at the helm.

        • BuddhaJoe

          I meant this year because of how terrible they’ve been the last two seasons till now. But yeah the Gabbert one is up there too.

      • Theoretically, Pace could’ve drafted Marshon Lattimore with the 3rd pick, and traded for Jimmy G with a 2nd and change.

        Ahhh…what might’ve been…

        • BerwynBomber

          Well it’s too early to regret not making the move and going with Bisky. And it’s not like Bisky has looked like Glennon. The kid has skills. (Not that you were implying otherwise.)

          I haven’t seen JimmyG a ton but the one thing that impresses me is how natural he looks in a pocket.

          Most fans prefer watching the Rodgers/Wilson/Wentz QBs, but it is the pocket passers who last longest in the league.

          Someone on here compelled me to look up Rivers stats the other night. If you’re ever bored, check out his games started list year by year. Basically an uninterrupted row of “16”s. Like ten years worth.

          The out of the pocket/extend the play QBs are the most exciting, but they’re also most likely to get injured.

          • SC Dave

            If he goes two more games, it will be 12 years in a row.

        • BuddhaJoe

          Eh not sold on G although he’s looked fine so far. Plus before they drafted Trub the reports were the Pats wanted a 1st plus some.

        • Pretty Boy Assassin

          Does Jimmy G look as good with Lowgains calling the plays?

        • ButtonShoes

          He could’ve. That would require him to be good at his job, however. And he ain’t.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Fournette please.

    • Emily

      The Blaine Gabbert 49ers loss was 4th on my list. And the 49ers loss this year was 5th. Both totally valid choices.

  • BuddhaJoe

    It still kills me that 3 of the 4 wins this season were against teams with winning records (Steelers!) but then they choked against scrubs like the 9ers, Bucs, and Hundley led Pack.

    It does give me hope that the talent is there, they just need competent coaching though.

    • ButtonShoes

      Just changing coaches isn’t going to make this team good. They should obviously do it, but the problems run far deeper than that.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Who’s Emily?

    Never mind ….

    Hey Bebbe ….. do you like chocolate?

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  • Irish Sweetness

    If your allegiance to the Chicago Bears is up for grabs … or related in any way to the name of the HC, present or future … you are not a fan in the first place.

    True or false?

    • Big Mike

      True.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I concur.

    • SC Dave

      True.

  • Big Mike

    The whole sucking coming off the bye week, starting games flat, making adjustments just pisses me off. It speaks volumes about the capabilities of the HC.

  • Fisherman695

    I would hire new head coach, off. coach from Eagles. I would also make Fox sit in booth as consultant next year instead of paying 5 million to sit at home.(Justice) GB Hundley game tops them all, sad.

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