But given that we know that Fox/Pace seem to work very closely/well together
I used to think this but no so sure anymore. I think Pace's conservative approach to free agency tells me he is in it for the long haul, but maybe not for Fox. Fox isn't a guy who has shown a patience to build through the draft, which it is clear Pace is set on doing and the free agency signings show that. Only a few low $$ long term contracts and a lot of 1 year prove it deals. If the Bears have another disaster 5 win or less season next year, Fox will be the scapegoat and I believe Pace will be given a second HC hiring. I also think Fox was brought in to bring stability after the Emery/JuiceBox disaster and wasn't fired this offseason because the Bears know they will suck in 2017 so instead of eating 2 years with Fox, they will only have to eat one and Pace will be able to hire the guy that he wants going forward. Also believe that Fox was more of a McKaskey/Accorsi hire than it was Pace. They knew Fox would stabilize things and bring back some sort of respect to a franchise that was embarrassed by Emery/Juice Box. He helped to make things better but think Pace was told he would be shown patience and was told to rebuild from the ground up.
They have been selling in the media that they were trying to win last year and next year they want to win as well but the moves do not suggest that. They lost out in Free Agency in multiple bidding wars (on purpose in my opinion) and will rely heavily on the draft to provide help for next year. No way if you need to win next year to keep your job you don't at least bring a couple of those big name guys. They kept the interest out there to sound like they were trying but had no intention of spending big. Pace's aggressiveness in the second wave free agents with one year deals tells me that was the plan.
This may sound like a conspiracy theory but it is my feeling after what I saw them put on the field last year and what the roster will look like next year.
I'm kinda surprised he hasn't been cut already. But I guess we already have so many holes that paying who might give you half the snaps this year 8 million is worth it to Pace.
I'm not sure what the amount is but I believe the collective bargaining agreement you have to spend so much against the cap every season, you can't be to far under (a provision put in probably because of cheapskates like the McKaskey's). The Bears still have plenty of money and cutting him would only force them to have to spend more to get to that number for next year. Again, not positive on how that all works but I believe each team is required to spend 90% of money against the cap number each year. Not sure what the penalty is either but probably is money you just have to give to the players somehow.
The guy i was really wondering about was Royal. Then I read this:
“The person I talked to a lot with was Eddie Royal,” Glennon said. “Eddie went to high school with my brother. They were roommates at Virginia Tech together. So I’ve known Eddie for 15 years now."
All indications were that he was going to be cut once healthy. I'm not sure why that is but that was what I was reading. The quote from Glennon is confusing because Kendall Wright was signed basically to play the position Royal plays, maybe they are keeping him as a returner? Bears have a ton of money still so maybe they are just letting it play out. No idea why you would keep Royal, he is a walking injury waiting to happen.
"It's time to man up and turn things around" - Kyle Long prior to win over Green Bay on Thanksgiving