For Colts, Could Bears Be Back for Joint Scrimmages Next Year?
After glowing reports of how the joint team scrimmages went with the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox was largely noncommittal in whether they could continue next year.
Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach John Fox prior to a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
When asked if the Colts could travel up to the Bears training camp site of Bourbonbonnais, Illinois, next season as a possible trade-off, Fox said there’s currently been no forward focused discussions with head coach Chuck Pagano:
"“Not really,” responded Fox when asked if there have been discussions regarding future joint scrimmages next year. “I know we’re both going to be very open minded about doing it. I thought it went better probably than any time I’ve done this against an opponent. I think the location works.”“So much of it is how the preseason schedule works and the second week I really like,” added Fox. “It was a good timing of it. I don’t know if I’d like it any earlier. You know you start getting to that 3rd game and trying to get into your game, in-season schedule. So, the timing of it was great and it worked out really well.”"
Still, the results were encouraging for both teams, and by all indications, the players found the joint team scrimmages largely beneficial themselves.
If the preseason schedule works out favorably again, it’s very possible that these two teams could find themselves joint scrimmaging again some time in the near future given the positive results and the properly demonstrated sportsmanship between both sides.
However, another joint scrimmage heading into next season seems highly unlikely, as according to FootballSchedules.com, the Colts actually are slated to play the Bears’ division, the NFC North, during the NFL’s 2016 regular season.
NFL teams presumably don’t want to have offseason scrimmages against teams that they have to play in the upcoming regular season, when the games actually matter.
Still, it appears both teams have a positive working relationship, and it’s very possible that the two sides could have another joint team scrimmage in the next few years.
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