Fox Finally Likes His Roster, Whitehair Stands Out, Loggains Succeeds, and Other Bullets

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Fox Finally Likes His Roster, Whitehair Stands Out, Loggains Succeeds, and Other Bullets

Chicago Bears

16 weeks into the 2017 season, and Chicago Bears Head Coach John Fox finally believes his team is on a level playing field: “You don’t really know until you dig in. We’ve definitely made a lot of changes,” Fox said regarding coaching the rebuilding Bears, via Chris Emma of CBS Chicago/WSCR-AM 670. “I think we got a good, young, talented roster. I think we still have holes. But at least we’re kind of at a level playing field now.”

Fox admitted that the rebuild hasn’t been easy, but at least the Bears are starting to see the fruits of their labor. It may not have been enough to turn the tides in 2017, but there’s hope for next season.

  • I still have some minor qualms regarding how the Bears handled the Senior Bowl, but that’s for a different day. As for the upcoming Senior Bowl, whoever is coaching could get an interesting boost of firepower from the quarterback position. Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports Wyoming’s Josh Allen will soon make a decision whether or not he’ll attend the college football showcase event. Late last week, Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. The Oklahoma Sooners signal caller is the first Heisman winner to head to Mobile, Ala. since Tim Tebow in 2010. Other quarterbacks who have committed to the game are Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Kurt Benkert (Virginia), Mike White (Western Kentucky), Kyle Lauletta (Richmond), and Brandon Silvers (Troy).
  • The 2017 Senior Bowl class featured a pair of quarterbacks who started NFL games for their respective teams this season. Both Nate Peterman (Bills) and C.J. Beathard (Iowa) were coached by John Fox and the Bears’ staff. John Fox’s North Team also featured players like running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, cornerback Desmond King, place kicker Zane Gonzalez, among others. Naturally, the only player the Bears plucked from the 2017 Senior Bowl is offensive lineman Jordan Morgan, who’s spent the entire season on injured reserve.
  • As someone who was a long-time fan of Doug Buffone on the radio, this was a bit tough to read. Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Dana Buffone believes her husband was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a.k.a. CTE) when he died in his sleep in 2015. Telander reports Dana had Doug’s body exhumed and his brain removed and sent to Boston University for further research. Boston University has experience with these cases, so we will soon know whether Buffone, who played 14 years for the Bears from 1966 to 1979, suffered from CTE.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.