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Bears fired head coach John Fox.
Perhaps the least surprising firing of the season, Fox was marked for the axe almost from the opening snap, and he did not help his cause with several embarrassing missteps including a challenge which turned a first-and-goal for his own team into a turnover. The defense did over-perform under Fox, but that had much more to do with the work of DC Vic Fangio, who the Bears should look to retain if possible – he is reportedly out of contract. Fox finishes his tenure in Chicago with a 14-34 record and fewer than six wins in each of his three seasons. He has proven to be a mediocre coach, but his name will likely still be thrown around during carousels to come as NFL decision-makers struggle to break free from the cocoon. Jan 1 - 9:00 AM

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "several coaches" on the Bears' staff believe it will "not end well" for head coach John Fox this year.

Mike Garafolo, also of NFL Network, added that Fox seems to have "accepted his fate." A textbook over-thinker, Fox has gone just 12-32 over his three seasons with the Bears, peppering his tenure with embarrassing missteps. Fox cost his team a touchdown on an ill-advised challenge earlier this year and refused to let the 49ers score a late touchdown last week, instead letting San Francisco run out the clock and kick a game-winning field goal. Fox has been over his head since he arrived in Chicago and has finally run out of rope. The Bears are likely to start over with a brand new coaching staff this offseason, though at least they have a franchise quarterback to build around in Mitchell Trubisky.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 09:03:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are expected to retain coach John Fox.

Heading into Week 17, Fox has managed just nine wins in two years with the Bears, but the team did show signs of improvement this season, especially on defense. If the organization can retain DC Vic Fangio, which seems like a real question at this point, find a quarterback, and address the secondary, the Bears could be a surprise playoff contender next season. Fox needs to turn the ship around quickly, however.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 08:55:00 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Mike Mulligan, John Fox will return for a third season as the Bears' coach in 2017.

After going 6-10 in his first season with Chicago, Fox has guided the Bears to a 3-9 mark through 12 games this year. The loss of OC Adam Gase has been substantial, and the promotion of QBs coach Dowell Loggains hasn't panned out. But according to Mulligan, word is Bears DC Vic Fangio is the one who won't be back. Fangio is probably the Bears' best coach on their entire staff, and the defensive issues have mostly been due to a lack of talent in the secondary and a rash of injuries in the front-seven. Fox is unlikely to turn this thing around in Chicago.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:04:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have hired an outside consultant to review the team's football operations.

Despite John Fox's clever use of every available #competitiveadvantage, the Bears are still 1-6 and likely to fall to 1-7 Monday night. They do not have a quarterback, the backfield is a mess, and they are once again dealing with several injuries. The defense has played better than expected, but it is the lone bright spot in a so far dreadful season. If it keeps going this way, it would not be surprising if Fox and/or GM Ryan Pace gets the boot after the season. Fox still has two years left on his deal.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 12:01:00 PM

Bears hired John Fox as head coach.

It's a four-year deal. Fox is the 15th head coach in franchise history. Fox enters Chicago on the back of a gaudy 46-18 record he compiled over four years in Denver, but that was built largely on the back of Peyton Manning. Fox was fired in Denver because GM John Elway didn't believe he could take the team to the next level. Now instead of Manning Fox will be working with Jay Cutler, a quarterback who is looking more and more like a coach killer. Fox coordinates neither his offense nor defense, and is extremely conservative in the way he manages games. Fox keeps the trains on time, but doesn't make much of an impact beyond "leadership." That's important, of course, but it's an underwhelming hire for a franchise coming off a disastrous season. If the Bears are realistic, they'll be banking on Fox restoring order, not taking them to the Super Bowl.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 02:21:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports John Fox is "in negotiations" with the Bears to make him Chicago's new head coach.

Fox landing with the Bears is the NFL's worst-kept secret. All indications have been that the job is Fox's if he wants it. He apparently does. GM Ryan Pace is taking his time, but expect something to be finalized this weekend.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 10:46:00 AM

The Chicago Tribune reports "all indications remain strong" that the Bears will hire John Fox as their next head coach.

Per the Tribune, GM Ryan Pace was "believed to be in Denver on Thursday." That would be a strong sign that the sides are hammering out a deal. News of a pairing will likely break some time in the next 24 hours.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 07:58:00 PM

CSN Chicago reports the Bears' head coaching job belongs to John Fox "if he wants it."

Fox's interview with Chicago went well into the evening on Wednesday night, but the two sides were unable to reach a deal. Despite reports Fox flew back to Denver following the interview, he is still the heavy favorite to coach the Bears in 2015. If he lands the job, CBSSports' Jason La Canfora expects Fox to target former Raiders coach Dennis Allen and former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan to be his coordinators.
Source: CSN Chicago
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 09:29:00 PM

The Bears will interview John Fox for their head-coaching vacancy Wednesday.

Fox is widely believed to be the favorite for the Chicago job. It may be the only opening available to him, with the Jets settling on Todd Bowles, Raiders set to hire Jack Del Rio, and Falcons eyeing Teryl Austin and Dan Quinn. Fox would bring stability back to the Bears after a circus 2014 environment.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 11:40:00 AM

The Bears have scheduled a head-coaching interview with John Fox.

It took less than six hours for Fox to emerge as a serious candidate in Chicago, though ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports "he is not locked in for the job." Still, Fox checks a lot of boxes. The Bears want a veteran coach to pair with rookie GM Ryan Pace, and Pace's old boss -- Saints coach Sean Payton -- is known to be Fox's closest friend in football. One NFL executive told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez that he believes the Bears are the "frontrunner" to land Fox as coach.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 06:08:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports John Fox is "likely to emerge" as a top candidate for the Bears' head-coaching job.

The Falcons and Bears have been the two most-linked teams to Fox since his Monday-afternoon parting with the Broncos. FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports, however, that the Falcons are unlikely to enter the mix because they're so deep into their search. Chicago hit the reset button on its search after hiring GM Ryan Pace last week. The Bears would be a sensible landing spot.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 11:02:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Jets reportedly did not request a head-coaching interview with former Broncos coach John Fox.

Good on ESPN's Adam Schefter to clarify his original report after he had initially said Fox declined an interview with the Jets. Fox is still said to be weighing his options. Either way, we don't see Fox taking the Jets' coaching job. There isn't enough talent on the roster, and the quarterback issue is well-documented.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 09:41:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports John Fox declined an interview request from the Jets regarding their head-coaching vacancy.

As Schefter points out, it's hard to imagine Fox turning down an interview unless he has something else lined up with another club. But we could also see Fox spurning the Jets because they simply don't have much talent on the roster. 60-year-old Fox isn't interested in a rebuild with a team that doesn't have a quarterback. There's speculation Fox could be headed to Atlanta or Chicago.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 08:11:00 PM

Ex-Broncos coach John Fox said he plans to continue his coaching career.

"I am eager to continue my coaching career and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead," said Fox. Turning 60 in less than a month and battling heart issues last season, we were wondering if Fox would continue his career. But without a Super Bowl ring as a head coach, the drive is still there. He'll likely emerge as a candidate for the Bears' and Raiders' vacancies.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 06:07:00 PM

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