John Fox has been an NFL head coach for 15 years, he knows how the media/football coach relationship works. The media asks questions — often pointed ones — and the coach answers them. As long as both sides remain respectful, the jobs are pretty simple. On Monday, Fox made things complicated with a ridiculous response to a simple question.
A reporter asked the Chicago Bears head coach about Brian Hoyer not looking in Alshon Jeffery’s direction during a fourth-down play at the end of Chicago’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Fox’s response was both disrespectful, and employed a tired, stupid trope about reporters.
“I think when you’re out there playing quarterback it looks a little different than when you’re up in a press box having hot dogs.”
He was then asked if that play and Hoyer’s decision not to go to Jeffery illustrated the difference between Jay Cutler and Hoyer. He responded:
“I’m not going to get into all this…Had we had the coolness of the hot dog-laden press box, we might have gone there.”
So a reporter was clearly paying attention to the game, noticed (like many others) that Jeffery was wide open and Hoyer ignored him. Yes, quarterbacks make mistakes, but Jeffery is Chicago’s best offensive player, shouldn’t the team try everything it can to get him the ball in key situations? It was an absolutely fair question and Fox responded like a petulant child by insulting people who sit in press boxes.
Obviously plenty of condemnation is coming in for Fox’s comments but the strongest so far has been from Ian Rapoport:
I think we can all agree: Fox should be above this, but he clearly isn’t.