John Fox is an offensive wizard, obviously

AP

After yesterday’s games, there can be no more doubt as to the owner of the keenest offensive mind in the NFL.

That’s right: Bears head coach John Fox.

The veteran head coach presided over a comfortable win over his own team, with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completing an awe-inspriring 4-of-7 passing for 102 yards.

If it reminded you of a few things, it should have.

The last time a team won with a quarterback completing four passes or fewer was Nov. 13, 2011, when one Timothy Richard Tebow of Denver was a clean 2-of-8 for 69 yards and a touchdown to beat the Chiefs.

Or you might have recalled a Christmas Eve, 2006 game, when the Panthers were without a healthy quarterback, but a hobbled Chris Weinke led them to a win by completing 4-of-7 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.

That’s right, Fox had his thumbprints all over those games as well.

This is a team game,” Fox said, via J.J. Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. “Sometimes it’s going to be one-sided in one way or another. I’ve seen that before. But at the end of the day, you have smiling faces in the locker room and they fought hard for that victory.”

Fox grew up as a defensive coach, and that remains his specialty. But in football, there are many ways to skin a cat, and Fox has figured out a number of them. He wants to play a rookie quarterback the same way I want a colonoscopy this morning, but he’s found a way to insulate Trubisky from having to do too much.

Which is the same way he held his nose and figured out a way to win with Tebow.

And while others have generally gotten more of the credit, Fox was the instigator of the modern Wildcat back in 2006, when the Panthers were without healthy quarterbacks but had plenty of running backs.

The mantle of “offensive genius” is generally bestowed upon those who want to throw the ball all over the yard, and draw many pretty Xs and Os in unique ways. But sometimes, football can be as simple as figuring out what you do well, doing that, and not trying to do the stuff you’re not as good at. If that means playing without a quarterback, so be it.

“It’s not always going to be perfect,” Fox said. “You have to give the other team some credit. But I thought as a football team, we played well today, and it was enough to get a decisive win.”

And that, ultimately, is the point, regardless how many points your offense is able or willing to try to put on the board.

40 responses to “John Fox is an offensive wizard, obviously

  1. The point begin Fox is a buffoon. He and Loggains are systematically going to ruin Trubisky and any chance of developing this season. Just like the decision to kick the FG on the 1/2 yard line on 4th and Goal. There is only one coach in the NFL that kicks the FG there and he just happens to be Fox. Pace can’t dump this dinosaur soon enough.

  2. The Bears have a 12-4 defense, a 4-12 offense and 1-15 special teams. It will be interesting to see how far the one decent unit of their team can carry the other two which are downright awful both in talent and coaching.

  3. Fox is destroying any position Pace had for drafting Trubisky…if I’m Pace I’m freaking out right about now cause Fox is making my draft guy look like a trending bust.

  4. John Fox is very good at taking a bad team and making it good. John Fox is also very good at taking a great team and making them good. Overall, John Fox is a loser that plays not to lose rather than to win.

  5. gobears84 says:
    October 23, 2017 at 8:33 am
    The point begin Fox is a buffoon. He and Loggains are systematically going to ruin Trubisky and any chance of developing this season. Just like the decision to kick the FG on the 1/2 yard line on 4th and Goal. There is only one coach in the NFL that kicks the FG there and he just happens to be Fox. Pace can’t dump this dinosaur soon enough.

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    Im confused. Didnt the Bears win the game?

  6. Definitely time to give John Fox some credit here. I’m a Bear fan, and looking at the schedule, the best I was hoping for at this point was 1-6.

    Would I have liked some division wins in those 3 victories? Yeah. Still, beating the Steelers & Panthers ain’t bad. Keep it up, John, and we’ll start talking about coach of the year. BEAR DOWN!

  7. The Browns would be better off right now with a guy like John Fox then with Hue Jackson. I couldn’t help but think of that while reading this. The Browns don’t need fancy plays with this young team, they need to get behind that offensive line and that defense and try to execute simple concepts.

  8. Why is avoiding over-exposing Trubisky a bad thing for his development? Not sure why that gets so many up-votes.

    Fox did the right thing. He can save exposing Trubisky’s rookie weaknesses for another day. This is a great way for him to take the stress off of Trubisky and show him that it’s not all on him to win every game… Could be a positive in the long run.

  9. No he’s not! Panthers are just so d@mn predictable week after week with those lame plays, its easy plan your defensive scheme……
    pass rush/blitz every down! you’ll sack Cam, CMC will get the ball, one arm tackle the lil man.
    First play call, a run, either CMC or Stewart, trying to go directly of the middle, next play a slant to KB, next a punt.
    Easy!

  10. If anyone here does still remember a Christmas 2006 Panthers game starring Chris Weinke, we need to have a talk about your priorities.

  11. I will never forget someone asking for his work the year he took the Broncos to the playoffs with Tebow and he said, ” Well we knew we needed an offensive scheme that did not have passing and all that junk.”

    As an outsider he is easy to like. He is a throw back, but I am sure if I was a Bears fan I would feel differently. His obvious understatement always make me laugh, and he took some Panther and Broncos teams pretty far with some serious defencies.

  12. I think any offense would look better with some WRs. The Bears lost their Top 2 and what they are trotting out there at WR would not even make the roster of at least 22 teams in this league. So, you are very challenged there.

  13. Should have gave Alshon Jeffery the money.
    One NFL WR on your team is better than none at all.
    Hell… keeping Victor Cruz would have been an improvement.

  14. The job he did the year Tebow ending up the starter with the Broncos is some of the best coaching I’ve ever seen. They started the season with Orton who was the classic pocket passer and then ended up having to totally remake their offense midseason for Tebow. And they made the playoffs and even beat the Steelers there. None of the “offensive guru” coaches would have trashed their offense in that situation–they’d have lost every game trying to fit a square peg into their system’s round hole.

  15. mmack66 says:
    October 23, 2017 at 9:50 am
    He wasn’t very wizardly in Super Bowl 48.
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    You’re talking about the season in which the Broncos had one of the highest scoring offense in the league? That season? I seem to also remember the Pats mauling everyone offensively in their undefeated regular season and also sputtering in the superbowl on offense. Stuff happens….but pointing out one game to try and make a counter argument is sort of meaningless.

  16. Jazz rocks! says:

    October 23, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Im confused. Didnt the Bears win the game?

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    Ahhhhh yes…It’s all about Wins and Losses says the average football fan who wants instant gratification. Forget about all the things that went poorly yesterday, not to mention Cam handing the Bears the game on a silver platter. You go right ahead and feel good about John Fox and that win yesterday. That defense cannot sustain that TOP each week and score all the points. Fox is a coach that knows he’s on the hot seat going into a contract year next season which he probably won’t see. And Loggains is the guy you’re banking on to develop Trubisky? The only going well for this team is the defense which Fox has no hand in, that’s all Fangio. So what exactly has you so excited about Fox and that win yesterday. Enjoy.

  17. Lol…GoBears….please do tell us what it’s all about if not wins and losses. At the end of the day that appears to be the only thing that matters. The Bears don’t have any offensive receiving talent and they’re playing a rookie QB. They do have a very good running game and a pretty good defense and the coach maximized his strengths and hid his weaknesses. The Bears have been competitive with one of worse receiving corps in the league and a rookie QB still learning the ropes…..What exactly do you want from the coach?

  18. 6thsense10 says:
    October 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You’re talking about the season in which the Broncos had one of the highest scoring offense in the league? That season?
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    Yep, the game in which that high scoring offense nearly got shut out.

  19. ” the coach maximized his strengths and hid his weaknesses”
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    That sounds a lot like one of the most successful coaches in the last twenty years.

    BILL BELLICHEK.
    As much as I dislike Bellicheck and the Pats, I will admit he does more with less than many teams in the league; hiding his teams weaknesses and promoting their strengths. The same thing Harbaugh did with Kaepernick in San Francisco.
    Hmmmmm….I wonder if Belicheck could do the same as Harbaugh if Kaep was his qb instead of Brady?

  20. “But at the end of the day, you have smiling faces in the locker room and they fought hard for that victory.”

    Yeah I got nothin…

    Signed — Packer Nation

  21. It’s been attributed to a lot of different coaches, but the old aphorism holds true:

    “Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.”

  22. Too bad Pace doesn’t understand the need for receivers……they need to pay Kevin White off and quit wasting their time and roster space.

  23. Us long-time Bears fans never forget that the Bears interviewed Bruce Ariens and Marc Trestman. One has gone on to win coach of the year twice and I believe the other one is out of the NFL. The front office hasn’t had a clue in 30 years.

  24. The Bears defense is awesome, already looking better than my pitiful Lions (as usual.)

    The Bears coaching staff is solid on the defensive side of the ball, still on the fence about the OC, but can’t blame him yet unless the Bears had some WRs and a consistent OLine. They would be division leaders, my Lions are already in mid season form sitting at 3-3 and choking their chances away.

  25. Wow, we have some negative Nancys. We won the game, and lived to fight another day. Quit whining.

    Trubisky will have a chance to “develop” (i.e. pass the ball) soon. We play the Saints this weekend, and Brees is on fire.

  26. xargscutgrep says:
    October 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, we have some negative Nancys. We won the game, and lived to fight another day. Quit whining.

    Trubisky will have a chance to “develop” (i.e. pass the ball) soon. We play the Saints this weekend, and Brees is on fire.

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    The “negative Nancy’s” are all the same person that has 500 handles on here. He’s a bitter Lion’s fan because his team has one playoff win in 60 years.

    Plus the Lions currently have the same amount of wins as the Bears and the Bears defensive is better than the pitiful Lions overrated failure squad.

  27. If the Bears want to take a giant step towards Super Bowl, then Fire Fox now…let him finish out the season without the pressure winning and start developing Mitch. Sunday’s win meant nothing in Trubisky’s development and it was sad watching the Bears perform the football version of the old four corners to run out the clock.

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