Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears: John Fox on his way out

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Paxton Lynch
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Paxton Lynch /

The Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears are set to face off in the preseason opener. Will this be John Fox’s last season in Chicago?

The Denver Broncos are set to face off against the Chicago Bears in week one of the preseason. It’s the first chance we’ll get to see the Broncos go up against someone besides themselves, and that will be a most welcomed sight to see.

The Chicago Bears are a team that is most definitely rebuilding, and after signing Mike Glennon in free agency, then drafting Mitchell Trubisky, it’s a team whose future is more uncertain for coach than roster.

As that appears to be the case from the outside, we wanted to get an inside view of the Chicago Bears from FanSided Chicago Bears expert and editor Mike Burzawa.

PO: Who has been the biggest surprise standout at camp for the Bears?

MB: A few names come to mind, especially members of the rookie class. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen has raised a few eyebrows. The Darren Sproles clone has proven to make a lot of people miss and lived up to his nickname as “the Human Joystick.” He’s no going to challenge Jordan Howard for carries, but he will be a change of pace back that could add a cool dimension to the Bears offense.

Another player who has made a really strong impression is undrafted rookie receiver Tanner Gentry. Gentry has caught everyrthing in sight and seems to have a really strong connection with Mitch Trubisky. It’s enough to make me want to tune in to the fourth quarter of the game tonight.

PO: Can you give Broncos fans an update on how Danny Trevathan is doing

MB: The good news for Trevathan is that he didnt start the season on the PUP list, something many Bears fans were braciing for. The bad news is that Trevathan hasn’t done much in camp besides individual drills. Here’s John Fox on Trevathan’s progress:

"“You know he’s making progress,” Fox said. “He’s done individual. We’re hoping to get to some seven-on-seven after this game (Thursday) and then eventually graduate to team. Again the main goal is to getting to September 10th.”"

Broncos fans won’t see him in the game tonight and Bears fans will keep their fingers crossed to see him on September 10th against the Falcons for the season opener.

PO: How has Mike Glennon responded to the pressure of Trubisky, and how is Trubisky approaching his rookie camp?

MB: Let’s start with Mitch Trubisky. While he’s not expected to start and unless there’s an injury and he might sit be holding a clipboard for most of the season, you can see why Ryan Pace traded up to select him with the second pick in the draft. He has shown great accuracy and the athleticism, especially moving to his right. The Bears are making him earn his stripes, pegging him with the third string on their initial depth chart.

Glennon has been a pro, especially when you consider how the situation unfolded with the Bears drafting his replacement right before he took a single snap after signing him as a free agent. Glennon has played well in camp and gone out of his way to try to connect with the receivers. The leadership box has been checked; now we need to see if he can deliver. It’s his job to lose.

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PO: How far can RB Jordan Howard carry the offense?

MB: The pressure will definitely be on Howard to top his outstanding rookie season where he gained over 1300 yards while really only getting involved in the offense until week 4 He isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this season, so opposing defenses will be keying on him. With the rest of the Bears skill positions a major work in progress, Howard is expected to get a lot of work. I don’t know if he can carry the offense, but he is certainly going to try.

PO: Do you think this is John Fox’s last season in Chicago?

It certainly looks like the writing is on the wall for John Fox. He was brought to Chicago with a reputation for quick turnarounds and promptly won nine games… in two years! The Bears are entering Year 3 of the John Fox era and the team is in a bigger rebuilding mode now than when he got here. I don’t think he’s a bad coach, but he’s not going to be the guy to lead this group back to a Super Bowl. It would take an unlikely and quite unexpected season for Fox to still be here in 2018.