Fox takes an old-school approach to the game, relying on veterans and making conservative in-game decisions. Pace is stacking the roster with younger talent and targeting players he sees as the best available in the draft as opposed to a needs-based method.
“I think there’s more to the rift than the team will let on,” said Kev from Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation’s Bears blog. “I think Pace will continue to push Fox to play younger guys, and I think Fox will resist.”
Pace hasn’t given Fox the kinds of players he has traditionally been comfortable with building around. Yet Fox is still responsible for the wins and losses, even if he hasn’t had much say in the players he has to work with this season.
If Pace and Fox aren’t on the same page when it comes to building the roster, it makes it that much harder for Fox to turn things around on the field. And that could lead to the end of both of their tenures with the Bears.
Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune is already calling this season the “John Fox Farewell Tour.” If he is a lame duck, Fox doesn’t have the luxury of time to coax these players into making Chicago competitive.
The Bears have repeatedly expressed confidence in Glennon as this year’s starter and went so far as to invite Glennon to the team’s official draft party. Then they traded up to draft his replacement.
Glennon reportedly felt “cheated on” after the Trubisky pick, and while he’s probably still going to be the starter this year, it’s pretty clear to everyone Glennon is just a stopgap.
Chicago needs a franchise quarterback, and the hope is that Trubisky, who only started one year in college, will develop into one. If he pans out, the decision to trade up might look smart in hindsight.