One week is seven days. In seven days the sleepy Illinois town of Bourbonnais will see two weeks of media and fan circus as it morphs into Bearbonnais for another training camp.
As with any other year there will be plenty of stories and developments that come out of training camp. New head coach John Fox has his work cut out for him as he implements his coaching style and his coordinators install their systems. There will be depth chart battles, rookie learning curves and much more.
Since much of the focus leading up to camp focuses on Fox, it's appropriate that today's number is seven (7).
Seven is the number of playoff appearances first-year Bears coach John Fox has guided his teams to.
Fox has been a head coach for 13 NFL seasons and over half of those resulted with his team in the postseason, including with maligned quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Tim Tebow.
That said, Fox will have his work cut out for him in Chicago. Jay Cutler is known as a coach killer who, depending on the source, doesn't care, gives up on his coaches or is just downright bad.
Fox also has a reputation for coming up short in the postseason, granted this criticism coming from Bears fans is somewhat humorous because Chicago hasn't been to the postseason seven times in 23 years. Fox has an 8-7 postseason record and though he's never won a Super Bowl, the hope is that he can get the Bears franchise pointed in the right direction and by the time he moves on (retires? Hopefully not fired), they can find a coaching superstar.
Whatever your feelings about Fox, he is here to stay and he will be the man for this team. Sometimes there's a man, sometimes there's a... oh I'm getting off track. Fox has been known as a turnaround artist and for getting the most out of his teams. His hiring was a departure from the long-held Bears practice of tabbing a first-time head coach.
Fox is, for better or worse, the coach the Bears need right now.
Will Fox get the Bears back to the postseason and how soon?