John Fox hasn’t been impressed by the Bears this offseason.
In fact, the former Chicago coach and current ESPN analyst thinks they have had the worst offseason of any team in the league.
Speaking during ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Monday, Fox shared his thoughts on his former team more than a year removed from his tenure at the helm.
“I think when you’re going to play defense, you’re going to lean on takeaways to help a young offense, and you don’t have a kicker, a reliable kicker, that you’re going to need those points from after some of those turnovers,” Fox said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think the kicking question is really big right now in Chicago. And I think that might be a problem for them in the season.”
But Fox wasn’t alone, as former offensive lineman Damien Woody also singled out the Bears during the show.
“Losing (defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio … I think is huge,” Woody said. “That Chicago Bears defense, it literally fueled their offense. It’s the identity of the Bears. And when you lose a talented defensive coordinator like that, I think there’s going to be some slippage there.”
Fox, who also served as head coach for the Panthers from 2002-10 and the Broncos from 2011-14, is sure to draw eyerolls from Chicago fans. He posted a 14-34 record with the Bears before being fired at the end of the 2017 season.
It’s also worth noting Fox was the team’s head coach when they cut their all-time leading scorer, kicker Robbie Gould.
In Fox’s defense, though, the kicking situation in Chicago has been atrocious. The team is now left with Eddy Piñeiro and Elliott Fry after Cody Parkey and Chris Blewitt were cut.