Bears Fire Head Coach John Fox

After three losing seasons, the Bears have fired head coach John Fox,’s Ian Rapoport reports (Twitter link). John Fox (vertical)

Rapoport also noted (Twitter link) that the team will look at offensive-minded coaches to work with first-round pick Mitch Trubisky, while defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will also be a candidate.

The Bears finished in last place in the NFC North in each of Fox’s three seasons with the team. In 2016, Chicago finished with a 3-13 record, its worst finish since 1969 (1-13). His .292 winning percentage is the second worst in franchise history behind Abe Gibron‘s .274 mark in the early 1970s.

Fox joined the Bears in 2015 following a productive four-year run in Denver, in which he led the Broncos to a 46-18 mark and advanced to the Super Bowl in his third season. Before joining Denver, Fox spent nine seasons as head coach in Carolina, where he led the team to its first Super Bowl appearance in just his second season on the job.

The Bears are expected to begin interviewing candidates this week and the coaching search is said to include names from the college ranks. Since the departure of Lovie Smith in 2012, the Bears have not had a winning campaign and will now be on their third coach in six seasons.

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  1. chgobangbang

    Wonder what the odds of new head coach keeping def cord fanzio? They drafted for a 3-4 d or does fanzio get head job? Black Monday for coaches

    • CriminalMethod

      I’d love for the new coach to keep Fangio, but I doubt he wants to stay. The only way I think he would stay is if he was named assistant head coach to whoever they hire

  2. PasswordIsPassword

    The only way Fangio stays is if he’s Head Coach. Assistant Head Coach won’t cut it, unless Harbaugh is the HC. And that won’t happen as long as Pace is the GM, because Harbaugh will want full control.

  3. dmzeng1970

    This is about time, John Fox has been washed up for 20 years already.


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