The debate seems to be over.
There no longer seems to be any question that the Chicago Bears will fire John Fox as their head coach. The only question seems to be when it will happen. The Bears could either fire Fox now with three or four weeks remaining in the season or wait until the season is over before cutting him loose.
There really isn’t much sense in doing it now unless the Bears wanted to give defensive coordinator Vic Fangio a three-week trial to see what he can do as a head coach. And according to some reports, Fangio has no desire to be a head coach.
Just to keep the team’s situation from becoming even more chaotic than it already is, they might as well let Fox keep the job until after the Dec. 31 season finale with Minnesota.
With last Sunday’s loss to the equally inept 49ers, Fox now has the worst winning percentage (.273) of any head coach in Bears history. Worse than Marc Trestman. Worse than Abe Gibron. Worse than Jim Dooley, who went 1-13 one year.
Fox has won 12 games in three years after the much reviled Trestman won 13 in two years.
Admittedly, he hasn’t been given a lot to work with in terms of offensive talent, but it’s time to go.
We saw some Las Vegas odds a few weeks ago on which NFL head coaches were most likely to be fired, and Fox was only fifth on the list, behind Chuck Pagano of the Colts, Ben McAdoo of the Giants, Hue Jackson of the Browns and Dirk Koetter of the Buccaneers.
McAdoo already has been dismissed. We’re guessing Fox’s odds have risen decidedly since then.
Former Geneseo football player Drew Himmelman was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference all-newcomer team as a redshirt freshman.
You may recall Himmelman as a wide receiver and tight end in high school. In fact, you probably remember him better as a basketball player. He is now a 6-foot-10, 300-pound offensive tackle for Illinois State.
There haven’t been many football players ever at any level who were that tall. Richard Sligh, who was 7 feet tall, played eight games at defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders in 1967. And Morris Stroud was a 6-10 tight end for the Chiefs in the early 1970s.
Stroud was so tall that Kansas City occasionally had him stand in front of the goalposts to try and jump up to block low, line-drive field goal attempts, a tactic that has since been made illegal.
If Himmelman should ever make it to the NFL, he apparently would be the tallest offensive lineman in the history of the league.
It was nice to see that Baker Mayfield didn’t grab his crotch and gesture at the other candidates when he won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.
He showed much more dignity and sportsmanship than he occasionally did on the playing field during the season.
It was interesting to hear Ohio State supporters insisting that their football team should have been selected for the college football playoff. One of their chief arguments was that the Buckeyes defeated two teams that were ranked in the top five in the country at the time they played them.
So what? Iowa State did the same thing. And one of the teams the Cyclones defeated (Oklahoma) had previously beaten Ohio State. ISU also came a little closer to beating Iowa than the Buckeyes did.
This sort of feels like karma. Of the 11 college football programs that have moved from one power-5 conference to another in the past half dozen years, seven of them — Maryland, Rutgers, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Colorado and Utah — finished .500 or worse this season.
The only exceptions were Missouri, West Virginia and Texas A&M, all of whom went 7-5, and Louisville, which was 8-4.
Is there a worse NFL TV analyst than James Lofton? During the broadcast of the Bears-49ers game last Sunday, he was getting players mixed up, calling Foster Fuller and Fuller Foster.
And in his pregame intro, he said the Chicago's front four does a good job shielding its linebackers. Hopefully, he noticed during the game that the Bears play a 3-4 defense. They don’t have a front four.
I suppose that’s why they have Lofton working a game between teams that were 1-10 and 3-8.