Bears aren’t saying much about Jeremiah Ratliff release

AP

Chicago’s decision to dump defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff made waves when it happened, but with the Bears in a bye week (and struggling at 2-4), the issue didn’t get as much attention as it would have received if a higher-profile team had dumped a player with a bigger name.

On Monday, reporters had their first chance to talk to coach John Fox since the release of Ratliff. And Fox didn’t have much to say.

“Just like everything, you evaluate and every decision we make is what we feel is best for the football team,” Fox said, via the Chicago Tribune.

The folks at 670 The Score have been playing an even longer clip of Fox evading questions about why cutting the team’s starting nose tackle was in its bests interests. It’s Belichickian in its lack of information, a far cry from the guy Fox used to be in Denver.

It’s possible that, given the potential legal ramifications of publicly suggesting reasons for Ratliff’s behavior on the day he was cut, Fox has been told by the team’s lawyers to say nothing. If that’s the case, however, why not just say that? At least it would be clear why Fox was saying nothing about a situation that cries out for something.

Ultimately, it’s the latest example of a low-access, standoffish approach by a franchise that isn’t nearly good enough right now to give the media the frozen shoulder. And if the losses continue, the folks in Chicago who rely on cooperation from the local team in order to do their jobs will be more inclined to call for change.

44 responses to “Bears aren’t saying much about Jeremiah Ratliff release

  1. Whatever. They released him because he showed up drunk or high or something. He kept coming back to Halas Hall yelling and screaming and threatening people. He’s old and has hardly played this year. Move on. Not a big news story….

  2. Showing up to practice drunk enough that you could participate sounds like enough reason to me. I’d say the circus in Dallas would sign him in a second if the guy hadn’t fleeced Jerruh on some dough already…sad that we question a situation of trying to hold players accountable now…

  3. I love how the media expects teams to forget any ramifications and just tell them everything. I at least appreciate Florio mentioning the potential legal angle. If Ratliff threatened any member of the organization, he can be charged, in which case the bears would not be able to talk about it because of pending legal or criminal action.

    I have no problem with them not talking about it. If they brought up that there were legal considerations, some a-hole reporter (and there are lots of them covering the NFL now, as evidenced by TMZ breaking so many stories) would keep pressing, making it even more uncomfortable and stand-offish.

    Situations like this in the real world and the sports world are best avoided as far as PR is concerned.

  4. If you think this response is a surprise, then you never saw a single interview or presser when Fox coached the Panthers. Belichickian? Belichick is Dane Cook or Daniel Tosh compared to Fox.

    “It is what it is.”
    “He’s got a knee.”
    “We’re going with the known quantity.”
    “He gives us the best chance to win.”
    “Sometimes a punt is a good play.”

    You could put amphetamine freaks to sleep with what Fox says.

    On the bright side, every insomniac in the Chicagoland area should be cured by the time Fox gets fired.

  5. A new coach, 6 games in after taking over a hot mess, firing a lazy nose tackle with a history of being difficult…… no change here. Move along before you upset Les Nessman over there. Give me a break.

  6. Seriously Florio?

    “And if the losses continue, the folks in Chicago who rely on cooperation from the local team in order to do their jobs will be more inclined to call for change.”

    I could understand this view point if it was the off-season and the Bears had just finished horribly under this new regime. The fact of the matter is that what you said above makes you sound like a vulture, waiting to pick apart the carcass of this situation.

    I’m as rabid of a fan as the next guy, and while I would like to have a solid veteran like Ratliff around, he’s obviously a distraction. I trust the organization enough to make the right decision on player behavior that may be detrimental to the team

  7. actually he has said plenty. He said police were called “for the safety of the building.” The argument started with a trainer and moved all the way up to a GM….that and returning to the building multiple times after being told to leave is plenty of information and grounds for his release. Media is just hungry for all the juicy details

  8. Fox goes out of his way to say nothing to the press.The Press and ultimately the fans, can get very little, if anything out of him that would shed any light on team news about the Bears.If he continues this throughout the rest of the season,he will turn the Chicago Press against himself.The Press in Chicago can be very daunting if their ire is up, just ask Lovie Smith ! They,[ the press] are only trying to do their jobs and the fans in Chicago, who are paying for tickets to Bears venues, are entitled to some consideration in terms of access to Bears team News.

  9. Near as anyone can put together, he showed up to the facility drunk for practice, was sent home, then came back and that’s when the fireworks really started. If he hadn’t of come back the second time, he may have still been benched and/or fined, but he probably wouldn’t have been cut.

  10. Please. This is year 1 and a bunch of losses were expected. Considering the lack of talent on the field for the Bears I think they have done a respectable job. Don’t get all upset bc they are not feeding info you feel you are entitled to. Changing after a year bc the media got their feelings hurt does not seem like how the Bears do business.

  11. The last sentence says a lot about what’s wrong with today’s NFL. The media has way too much influence over some teams, and Chicago is one of them. I don’t mean that as a “slam” of any kind, just an observation. As a lifelong Packer fan, it is in my best interests to see Chicago return to prominence.

  12. You act as if the Media is deserving of a more forthright answer, that is simply not the case. If Fox chooses to be more candid, that’s his call. For right now, you can rightly assume that the player was a bigger pain in the butt than his value on the field.

    Look for further than the Cowboys for evidence of what happens when you can’t control your players.

  13. Quoting grizzlot:
    “The fact of the matter is that what you said above makes you sound like a vulture, waiting to pick apart the carcass of this situation.”
    ~~~
    I miss the days of actual sportswriters, who covered the game on the field. They smartly handled dead space, whether on-air during a prolonged injury timeout or before the training camps get things fired up again, by diagramming and explaining some of the big plays.

    They would show how it was drawn up, how/why it worked or failed, what the key players read and responded to when they made or broke up a big play.

    It’s how a lot of us grew to better understand, therefore love and appreciate the sport.

    Sadly, this middle-school gossip and TMZ-esque feces stirring is now the norm even when there is great football happening, exciting players to profile who have beaten enormous odds, etc.

  14. It always baffles my mind to read that the media feels it is entitled to this information. He was cut. None of us are entitled to know why just like we aren’t entitled to know why a co-worker is suddenly fired or laid off. We have no right to interview players when they’re half naked trying to get dressed after a locker room. We have no right to shove microphones in guys’ faces when they’re just trying to go to work. To think we do is absurd.

  15. vdogg says: Oct 27, 2015 9:48 AM

    Showing up to practice drunk enough that you could participate sounds like enough reason to me. I’d say the circus in Dallas would sign him in a second if the guy hadn’t fleeced Jerruh on some dough already…sad that we question a situation of trying to hold players accountable now…
    —————————————–
    Their football players!!! Tell me what “perfect citizens” team are you a fan of???

  16. So the Reporters actually have to do some work this year instead of it being spoon fed to them by the Team? There was a day that’s WHAT REPORTERS DID!!!

    Frankly I’m sick of the Rosenblum’s and other reporters in town that cry like a baby about the lack of transparency…just win baby, not this year, but in the future!!!

  17. WSCR views their role as an ADVERSARIAL one with regard to coverage of the teams.
    THat is the direction it starts in…in fact, although Lovie Smith has not been HC of the Bears since 2012, one of their hosts never misses the opportunity to point out how much he annoyed Lovie …did it again Monday @5:45 pm …

  18. Quoting The Almighty Cabbage:
    “The last sentence says a lot about what’s wrong with today’s NFL. The media has way too much influence over some teams, and Chicago is one of them. I don’t mean that as a “slam” of any kind, just an observation. As a lifelong Packer fan, it is in my best interests to see Chicago return to prominence.”
    ~~~

    Excellent post, sir or ma’am, spot-on with every point! That last sentence was disturbing in its arrogance and childishness.

    Maybe if the primary goal returns to focusing on the Chicago Bears and football-related matters, coach Fox will be more forthcoming with the “juicy gossip” you so love, as it relates to the game on the field.

    Another kudos for your second point. As a Seahawks fan since the team’s inception in 1976, I cringed through the recent years when the NFC West was the weakest division. Both as a matter of pride for hard-fought wins, and because you don’t grow with half your season against far lesser talent.

    I guess it’s careful what you wish for; but in my vision my Seahawks stayed strong, too!

    Enjoy the rest of your season; the Pack always has my heart if you aren’t playing my Seahawks. (or related playoff issues, of course)
    Hope to see you in the NFC Championship again! And that whoever moves on, it’s a clean win on the field, not by the officials.

  19. The Almighty Cabbage:
    “The last sentence says a lot about what’s wrong with today’s NFL. The media has way too much influence over some teams, and Chicago is one of them. I don’t mean that as a “slam” of any kind, just an observation. As a lifelong Packer fan, it is in my best interests to see Chicago return to prominence.”
    ~~~

    Excellent post, sir or ma’am, spot-on with every point! That last sentence was disturbing in its arrogance and childishness.

    Maybe if the primary goal returns to focusing on the Chicago Bears and football-related matters, coach Fox will be more forthcoming with the “juicy gossip” you so love, as it relates to the game on the field.

    Another kudos for your second point. As a Seahawks fan since the team’s inception in 1976, I cringed through the recent years when the NFC West was the weakest division. Both as a matter of pride for hard-fought wins, and because you don’t grow with half your season against far lesser talent.

    I guess it’s careful what you wish for; but in my vision my Seahawks stayed strong, too!

    Enjoy the rest of your season; the Pack always has my heart if you aren’t playing my Seahawks. (or related playoff issues, of course)
    Hope to see you in the NFC Championship again! And that whoever moves on, it’s a clean win on the field, not by the officials.

  20. The Bears record this year has nothing to do with John Fox. People forget, coaches do not draft or sign players, GMs do. Fox inherited a team void of legit talent. I don’t know what happened and IMO it’s the business of the team and player and it ends there.

    Media has no right into personal reasons why something happened, none whatsoever. I am also a firm believer that all this crap about what ” sources ” said is complete BS. If the media does not name a source then it should not allowed to be printed or out out to the public.

    Too many media hacks are on power trips the average person could never understand. Half the time the info from these ” sources” that were not named turns out to be complete horse crap

  21. jgedgar70 says:
    Oct 27, 2015 9:55 AM

    If you think this response is a surprise, then you never saw a single interview or presser when Fox coached the Panthers. Belichickian? Belichick is Dane Cook or Daniel Tosh compared to Fox.

    “It is what it is.”
    “He’s got a knee.”
    “We’re going with the known quantity.”
    “He gives us the best chance to win.”
    “Sometimes a punt is a good play.” Ditto.

    Glad he is not in Charlotte anymore, but the Bears could have done much worse than John Fox.

  22. @foodiefoodnerd-

    Thanks for the kind words. You nailed it perfectly about the “why” I want to see the Bears return to glory. It amazes me how so many people would rather see their team have an easy road to travel. No thanks. I’d rather win a knock-down, drag-out.

  23. In most states there are fairly strict employment laws restricting what an employer can divulge to the public regarding an employee’s termination. If nothing else, Fox was likely complying with prevailing law.

  24. Here is an idea for the press that I am sure they never thought of……Get in Ratliff’s face and demand that he tell what happened. What a novel idea. Of course, maybe he would not take kindly to it and the repercussions of confronting him at a bar might be ugly.

  25. The Bears are not struggling. The record may actually be better than it was expected. The Bears are perfectly on schedule with their rebuilding process, which will not happen overnight. And the best thing that could happen to the Bears was a young, energetic GM ready to make tough decisions in a hurry, and an experienced, solid HC able to handle these potentially awkward situations. End of the non-story (also because, with all due respect, it isn’t like the Bears cut Suh or JJ Watt)

  26. Almighty Cabbage, my best friend and her husband went to Green Bay for that 2007 NFC Championship (where you absolutely throttled us, unfortunately).

    They couldn’t stop raving about Green Bay fans and how classy and friendly all of you were toward them. All of the endless teasing was good-natured; they wore their Seahawks gear everywhere and got no obnoxious harassment.

    They said every time they had their camera out somebody offered to take a photo so they both could be in it.

    Other than the the embarrassing collapse on the field, they had a great time and hope to go back.
    (Contrast to some stadiums, where you need your blood typed if you plan to show in even a non-conference team jersey, much less the day’s opponent.)

  27. Bears are re-building, there was no need for a lazy, drunken, 35 year old D-lineman. He was not in their future plans…..

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