The Chicago Bears wasted no time trying to start 2018 on the right foot. Early this morning it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that John Fox would not be returning as head coach of the Chicago Bears. The Bear’s later confirmed via Twitter that GM Ryan Pace had in fact told Fox he would not be returning as head coach.
Source: The #Bears have fired coach John Fox.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2018
Ryan Pace has informed John Fox he will not return as our head coach in 2018.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 1, 2018
In John Fox’s three-year tenure with the Bears, he recorded a meek 14-24 record which includes a 3-15 posting against division opponents. Let that seep in for a moment. Fox was unable to garner more than three divisional wins over three seasons, earning him a last place finish in the NFC North each season. That effort made Fox the first Bears coach in history to collect three consecutive double digit loss seasons. Fox’s three-year stint was worse than Marc Trestman in terms of statistical performance.
The Chicago Bears are about to head into a franchise-defining offseason. They possess key talent on both sides of the ball, but require important pieces to tie it all together. Between the draft and free agency, Ryan Pace needs to make a drastic impact to meet fan expectation and right the sinking ship. Remember, the Chicago Bears woes started well before Pace and Fox got into town. The Bears haven’t had a winning season since 2012 and have made the playoffs just once in the last 11 seasons.
Bears Biggest Needs This Offseason:
- Right Tackle – Bobby Massie needs to be replaced
- Wide Receiver – As many as you can find
- Corner Depth – Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller need help
- Pass Rush Opposite of Leonard Floyd – The Pernell McPhee experiment is over
Oh and they need a new head coach!
Happy New Year Bears Fans!
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