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Things are not going too well for John Fox in Chicago.
Now in his third year at the helm of the Bears, Fox is 12-27 overall and has guided the team from an NFC North contender to a total rebuild. This is not what anyone envisioned with he took over the franchise, to put it mildly, and now there are questions about whether or not he’s the right guy to develop the new crop of talent on the roster.
After an embarrassing 23-16 loss to Green Bay on Sunday — a game in which the Bears were favored and the Packers were without Aaron Rodgers — some fans in Chicago aren’t willing to find out if Fox can lead the team back to prominence. And they’re using a hilarious method to voice their displeasure: posting a web browser logo on social media.
Not just any web browser, of course, fans are using Mozilla Firefox’s image.
Get it? Fire … fox.
— FIRE FOX. (@PrimeTrubisky) November 13, 2017
Just my new favorite web browser.
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) November 13, 2017
Okay @ChicagoBears 0/1 by not firing John Fox last night. Don’t make it 0/2 by not doing it today.
— Mr. Conrad (@DarrylConrad) November 13, 2017
The @ChicagoBears came out in the 2nd half of the season just like they come out in the 2nd half of every game under John Fox. Flat, unprepared, undisciplined. His in game coaching is the worst ever. #FireFOX #FireFOX FireFOX #FireFOX #FireFOX #FireFOX pic.twitter.com/I3fevBe7GF
— ️️ron from Chi #FireFox (@aarontor) November 13, 2017
— Jackson (@Therealjacksack) November 13, 2017
Fox hasn’t made this season any easier on himself. From refusing to play rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in early contests, to severely limiting how much he throws during games, to spectacularly awful challenges, the coach has given his detractors plenty of reasons to be wary about his ability to groom young players.
The Bears typically don’t fire coaches midseason — even Marc Trestman got two full years — so don’t expect a regime change until January.
That likely won’t stop fans from using the logo to vent as ugly losses continue to pile up.
Coincidentally, Mozilla is releasing its new Firefox Quantum browser on Tuesday, so the timing of Bears’ fans using the logo couldn’t have worked out any better from a publicity standpoint.
Hopefully the browser launch goes better than Fox’s start in Chicago.
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Another team will come under some scrutiny for any possible violations of the league’s concussion protocol.
The Seattle Seahawks face penalties for a violation of the NFL’s concussion protocol with Russell Wilson on Thursday, and now the Indianapolis Colts will face some questions after quarterback Jacoby Brissett went back into the game following a hard hit and then displayed concussion symptoms after the game.
With the Colts leading 17-9 late in the third quarter, Brissett attempted to scramble for a first down when he took a hit to the back of his helmet, near his neck, from defensive end Stephon Tuitt.
#NFL #concussion protocol is a fraud. QB Jacoby Brissett goes back in after showing the clearest concussions signs of the season. Helmet-to-helmet hit, holds head, then goes limp, then needs help up. You don’t need a protocol to hold this player out for the game. Check the tape: pic.twitter.com/db8sDwVmVl
— Dr. Chris Nowinski (@ChrisNowinski1) November 12, 2017
Brissett left the field after the play (it was a third down and the Colts were going to punt on fourth down) and was clearly dazed. After reportedly passing the concussion protocol, Brissett was allowed to return only to have his diagnosis reversed following the loss.
The Colts took the unusual measure of tweeting out a step-by-step explanation of what happened with Brissett and why he went back in the game.
Information regarding Jacoby Brissett being placed in concussion protocol: pic.twitter.com/ysGhwzZvEk
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 12, 2017
Per the protocol, the league acknowledges that concussion-related symptoms may not be present immediately after sustaining the injury and advocates for checking an at-risk player every 20 minutes. The unaffiliated neurological consultant and the concussion spotter can also use video replays to pull players out of games, then the player is tested on the sideline. Furthermore, if the there is any doubt about the player’s status, the league advocates for removing him from play.
Brissett was clearly shaken up on the play and checked off more than a few of the league’s observable concussion signs. That he was allowed to return to play so quickly is concerning.
The controversy comes on the heels of a similar incident involving Wilson on Thursday night. Wilson was allowed to return to play following a hit to the head and before undergoing a full concussion evaluation.
The NFL will presumably look into this matter as well, which is probably why the Colts were proactive in announcing their side of the story.
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