John Fox has had two rough seasons in Chicago: 6-10 in 2015 and 3-13 in 2016. The Bears, however, are sticking with the 61-year-old, who has led two franchises – one in the NFC and one in the AFC – to the Super Bowl.
Kyle Long couldn’t be happier.
“I love Foxy and I like the guys around him, (but) anytime you’re 3-13, you worry about losing the people around you,” the Bears lineman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “That’s just the reality of the league. What do they call it, Black Monday, where everybody gets fired? I’ve been a part of that fire sale and it’s not a good one to be a part of and I’m really glad that Foxy will be back because at the end of the day, it’s the guys on the field that dictate the score. Players play, coaches coach.”
One of those players is quarterback Matt Barkley, who completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 1,611 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in seven games this season.
Do the Bears think they’ve found a quarterback?
“Yeah, Matt Barkley can play some football,” Long said. “We got a few quarterbacks on our roster.”
Brandon Tierney wasn’t satisfied with that answer and pressed Long for more info.
“Hey, you asked me if we found a quarterback,” Long said. “I told you we got a quarterback, Matt Barkley, but we got a couple quarterbacks on our roster.”
Okay, how about this: Have the Bears found a starting quarterback (key word being “starting”)?
“I’m not sure,” Long said. “I’m not in the managerial position. But the quarterback position is one that, you look at the Super Bowl champions (from the last few years). It’s Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco won one, and Peyton Manning obviously. So you go ahead and ask 26 teams in the league where their friggin’ quarterback is, and they’ll have the same answer I gave you.”
The Bears have missed the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons. They last made the postseason in 2010, losing to the Packers in the NFC Championship.