Less than 24 hours after the Indianapolis Colts eliminated the Denver Broncos from the playoffs, the Broncos ‘mutually parted ways’ with head coach John Fox. Fox has been a head coach in the NFL for the past 13 seasons, could his experience make him the perfect fit for the Chicago Bears?
The #Bears had been considering a veteran coach to pair with a young GM Ryan Pace. There wasn’t one available. With John Fox, now there is
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2015
After firing Phil Emery and Marc Trestman, the Bears turned to former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi for consulting as they search for a new head coach. John Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Giants (1997-2001) for part of Accorsi’s tenure in New York (1998-2007).
In addition to previously working with Accorsi, John Fox’s close friend, Saints head coach Sean Payton, worked with new Bears GM Ryan Pace for years in New Orleans.
“All eyes are on Chicago.” – Ian Rapoport
So yes, no question, Bears highly interested in John Fox, source tells me.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 12, 2015
Fox is 119-89 as a head coach. Prior to coaching the Denver Bronocs, he spent nine years with the Carolina Panthers, leading the team to one Super Bowl appearance. (A 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII). Fox also lost Super Bowl XLVIII with the Broncos, bringing his record in the big game to 0-2. Although he’s never won the big game, Fox did manage to win playoff games with Tim Tebow and Jake Delhomme at quarterback.
With Rex Ryan headed to the Buffalo Bills, Fox will be one of the hottest coaching commodities on the market thanks to his long career as an NFL coach. It certainly sounds like he’s at the top of the Chicago Bears wish list.
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