There's a big problem with the thinking of former Bears coach John Fox in his comments on ESPN.
Then again, mistakes and John Fox always seem to go hand in hand. The same is true about Fox and backward thinking.
Fox Monday piggy-backed on Damien Woody's statement saying the Bears had the worst offseason in the NFL.
Woody based his statement on the Bears losing defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
"It's the identity of the Bears, and when you lose a talented defensive coordinator like that there's going to be some slippage there," Woody said.
It's certainly a valid concern, although maybe not to support an argument that they had the absolute worst offseason in the entire NFL. But it was, and remains, a fear for Bears fans. And there have been some indications in the offseason pointing toward at least some resulting problems.
Fox, who rarely has an original thought of his own, then chimed in with his one cent worth.
Of all 32 teams Fox could have selected, he decided to kick the Bears around for a mistake he initiated.
"I'm going to go with the Bears, too," Fox said. "I think when you're going to play defense, you're going to lean on takeaways to help a young offense and you don't have a kicker, a reliable kicker that you're going to need those points from after some of those turnovers, I think the kicking question is really big right now in Chicago. And I think that might be a problem for them in the season."
First off, it's hard to believe ESPN pays Fox for deep thinking on this level.
It's all rather hypocritical for Fox to use this as a reason for saying the Bears had the worst offseason when it was his regime that wanted to get rid of the franchise's greatest kicker of all time, Robbie Gould. Fox and current GM Ryan Pace cut Gould and now the Bears would love to have him back, or at least someone that good.
Beyond Fox's hypocrisy, his statement is based on too much presumption. No one can currently say neither kicker on the roster has the talent to be the answer. From his place somewhere in Marco Island in Florida, Fox apparently has this vision.
Too bad for him he didn't show this when he coached the team or he'd still be there.
This being said, it's not even the biggest flaw in Fox's thinking, if you want to classify what he said as thinking.
Fox's statement shows he considers the Bears as a team that must play the best defense in the league and take away the ball to prop up an offense which is barely able to function.
This isn't the plan of Bears coach Matt Nagy. Maybe that's why he's coach now.
Mitchell Trubisky isn't the same quarterback who had a 77.5 passer rating for Fox, and he's not operating a hand-it-off-twice-and-throw offense like Fox and Dowell Loggains used. He has progressed in his third year.
The running game and its use are more imaginative, the receivers are better than they have been and the Bears are planning on doing damage with their passing game. They were already 21st in offense last year, up from 30th under Fox. They were 32nd in passing under Fox, or last. And now they're familiar with Nagy's passing attack and have added on.
They're not planning to play a game like Fox, one reliant only on what their defense and a power runner could do, one where kicking had to prop up the offense. They're moving on into 2019, not 1990 like Fox always was doing.
Besides the time he talked about how his family killed their pet monkey, the most jovial Fox ever was in Chicago came when he bragged about winning a game with four pass completions and seven attempts.
Fox couldn't understand offense and its role in football when he coached in Chicago, and apparently he still can't.