After a 19-year hiatus, the XFL is returning in 2020. Vince McMahon and commissioner Oliver Luck have promised a faster game and more exciting brand of football among many other ways they claim the product will be an improvement over the NFL viewing experience.
Which makes it odd that they’d hire football dinosaurs John Fox and Jim Caldwell.
Pro Football Talk reports that the XFL has hired Fox and Caldwell as consultants.
Jim Caldwell, who was fired by the Lions this offseason, and John Fox, who was fired by the Bears, are both consulting with the XFL.
XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck assembled a committee that will help shape the rules and style of play for the upstart league, which wants to have a fast-paced game with few interruptions.
Fox, 63, was fired by the Chicago Bears over the winter, after leading the most boring, stubborn, “play not to lose” (but usually lose) style of professional football imaginable over the last three years.
Caldwell, also 63, was fired by the Detroit Lions over the winter, after also leading a boring brand of football that resulted in a talented roster never making it to the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.
It’s very difficult to see these two guys providing input to help make the XFL a more exciting, innovative league- odds are they help do the exact opposite.