Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, with the Chicago Bears leading the Houston Texans by a score of 14-13 and the Texans driving, quarterback Brock Osweiler picked up a critical first down on third-and-one with a QB sneak. Osweiler appeared to have been stopped, but he got a favorable spot and a measurement awarded them with the first down. The Texans went on to score to take the lead and would ultimately win the game.
Bears head coach John Fox had ample time to challenge the spot given the timeout for a measurement, but he ultimately elected to keep the flag in his pocket. However, when asked about that decision this week by the Chicago media, he gave a befuddling response.
John Fox confused me with this answer today when asked about not challenging the Osweiler sneak … pic.twitter.com/K6krskC9bp
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) September 13, 2016
Inevitably, the only sentence that matters in this thoroughly incoherent rambling is that Fox did admit that he wished he would have challenged the play. But it’s still impossible to ignore the rest of this confusing statement.
The fact that there’s an answer in there is good from the notoriously tight-lipped head coach, but the roundabout way in which he explains the decision has to make you wonder what exactly was going through Fox’s head after the actual play. If his thoughts looked anything like this quote, it’s no wonder that he didn’t have time to get the red flag out and challenge what wound up being a critical play in a tight game.