John Fox after review of Bears' critical decision: 'In hindsight, I would not have challenged it'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:20:10 AM. Bears coach John Fox said he regrets his decision to challenge a play that resulted in officials ruling running back Benny Cunningham fumbled into the end zone.
linebacker said the mood around Halas Hall on Monday was “disappointed” as the team assessed all that went wrong during a 23-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Tight end said he entered the building “still pissed off” after a performance that both players agreed included some lapses in focus. Here’s what we learned as the Bears try to correct those issues heading into Sunday’s game against the . Upon review, Bears coach would like that challenge back. By the time he met with the media Monday afternoon, Fox had about 22 hours to watch the replay of the challenge that turned a prime Bears scoring opportunity into a turnover Sunday. In that span, Fox firmed up a simple stance that every observer likely already knew. “I probably would not challenge that if I were given the opportunity again,” Fox said. “And we’ll leave it at that.” The play in question came in the second quarter, when Benny Cunningham caught a 23-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Trubisky and dived toward the right pylon in the end zone. Cunningham was ruled down at the 2-yard line, but Fox challenged with the hope that the Bears would be awarded a touchdown or at least advance closer to the goal line. Instead, replay officials ruled that Cunningham lost control of the ball before he was out of bounds and before the ball hit the pylon, resulting in a touchback that gave the ball to the Packers at the 20-yard line. Fox said Monday he “can’t really respond exactly how I would like” per NFL rules that make public...Read more
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