Bears Expected To Retain John Fox, Ryan Pace

Despite the fact that the Bears will finish last in the NFC North for the third straight season, the team is not expected to make any major coaching changes, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That means that head coach John Fox is safe, and Schefter also reports that GM Ryan Pace will be back in 2017. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com echoes Schefter’s report.

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Fox, who previously served as head coach of the Panthers and Broncos, engineered major turnarounds during his second year with each of those clubs, but he was unable to do so in Chicago. After the Bears struggled to a 6-10 mark in 2015, Fox’s first year in the Windy City, the team took a step back in 2016, as they have managed just three wins heading into the final game of the season.

But the team’s quarterback situation is a mess, and much of that mess was inherited from the previous regime. The Bears have deployed four quarterbacks this season and they have 19 players on injured reserve, including a number of starters. Plus, their 2016 draft class has drawn praise from opposing executives, and Fox and Pace will be given the chance to reap the fruits of that class and to right the ship under center (which could include jettisoning Jay Cutler and expending a high draft choice on a quarterback, even though this year’s crop of signal-callers is fairly weak).

Despite all of the losing, Rapoport suggests that the team culture is still positive, so the players are still presumably supportive of Fox, who is signed through the 2018 season. Pace, the youngest GM in the league, is signed through 2019.

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  1. Bob Bukaky

    Both are mistakes by the Bears. Continuity is great but not when you have idiots in those positions.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      The Bears were a dumpster fire long before Fox and Pace. Blaming them doesn’t make any sense. The problem is Cutler and upper management.

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      • Sweet Home Chicago

        Cutler was never THE problem. Unfortunately he’s now too banged up to be part of the solution.

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  2. Rondon

    That knucklehead, Ted Phillips needs to get canned before anyone else. I think Pace had a tremendous draft last year and should have another shot. Fox, on the other hand, should’ve just retired last year. No fire. No innovation. How can they think next season will be any different?

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    • josc2

      Phillips is a disaster. They will never win with him in the organization.

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  3. Is this a surprise to anyone, when the end of next season comes around and the Bears are a 5 to 7 win team I wonder what’s going to be the excuse then… AS far as Fox Rondon is right no fire no innovation

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  4. ChiCity773

    I agree Pace had a decent draft Fox is just a white version of Lovie smith he plays old school football as the game has evolved bears have talent on the offensive side Howard,Meredith,Jeffries White if he can stay healthy

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    • Sweet Home Chicago

      A white version of Lovie Smith? Does being white version of Lovie make him almost like Lovie but because he’s white he does something slightly different as a coach? Why is he not just another version of Lovie Smith?

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  5. Kennethharris

    This team is a disaster every team they play the other teams no they are weak especially green bay no this team is a joke.

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