John Fox says thank you and farewell

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The Chicago Bears officially have “parted ways” (it’s the 2018 version of the “mutual parting”) with Bears coach John Fox. And Fox has issued a statement in connection with his departure.

“Thank you to all the players, coaches, the city of Chicago and Bears fans everywhere, your passion for the game and this team is unmatched in the NFL,” Fox said. “Today is the tough part of our results-oriented business but I wish the Bears organization the best for years to come.”

Some would find significant the fact that the statement doesn’t specifically thank G.M. Ryan Pace, president Ted Phillips, the McCaskey family, or anyone else from management or ownership. Maybe Fox intended to include them within his “thank you” to Bears fans.

Regardless, Fox is out after three years on the job. After he had a “mutual parting” with the Broncos in 2015, Fox quickly landed in Chicago. But he had done enough in Denver to justify that.

At this point in his career, Fox likely will have to be willing to accept a role other than head coach, if he hopes to continue coaching in the NFL.

29 responses to “John Fox says thank you and farewell

  1. The Bears have been cursed every since that 10-6 is just not good enough nonsense. It could very well be 20-25 years before the Bears see 10-6 again.

  2. He was clearly over matched this time around. The 2018 NFL is way too complex for some of these old timers. Coordinator is his ceiling nowadays.

  3. He was clearly over matched this time around. The 2018 NFL is way too complex for some of these old timers. Coordinator is his ceiling nowadays ……………………………………………………………………..
    I think retirement is his ceiling now, especially with the 5+ Million he’ll earn to not work in 2018

  4. Why would anyone hire Fox to be a head coach again? Clearly, he’s not capable of coping with the complexities and shifting requirements of today’s NFL game. The game has passed him by. One thing is for certain: fresh, young blood is needed in Chicago. Let’s hope the Bears can find a Sean McVay to help create a winner.

  5. v2787 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Let’s hope the Bears can find a Sean McVay to help create a winner.
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    I hope so, but it’s a mine field out there. You might think you’ve got the next Sean McVay, but end up with Vance Joseph.

  6. He needed to go as it was apparent alteady last season that the team was not progressing.

    That said, any potential HC candidate should be asking GM Ryan Pace why after 3 years the Bears roster is still so far below par. To even think about playoff contention, at minimum the Bears need 1) a younger, more durable and better disciplined OL, 2) legit 1 and 2 WRs 1 & 2, and 3) at least two more defensive playmakers (edge rusher and CB)… pieces that could reasonably be expected to have been in place by now. So Pace is now officially on the clock and finding the right new HC is only part of it.

  7. He and Fisher belong in the same category. Middling talents who played out the strong based on early SB appearances. Fox has taken multiple teams, with great talent, to the very precipice. And lost every time.

  8. John Fox is 3 years younger than Belichick. Age is not his problem, he is just not a good head coach.

  9. “It’s tough to walk away from this results-oriented business with millions of unearned dollars”.

    Fox earned every one of those dollars the second his contract was signed. That was the price the Bears were willing to pay. Fox had other options, including retiring instead continuing to coach.

  10. I’m surprised Fox wasn’t a better coach for the Bears. The Broncos were 46-18 when he was the coach, winning the division all 4 years, one of those with Tim Tebow at quarterback. The Bears were much improved in Fox’s first year, with impressive road wins against the Chiefs and Packers. But since then, the Bears have been so generic and unimaginative. Fox was not a good fit for a young, rebuilding franchise. This was a move that needed to happen. Fox seems like a good guy and I wish him the best in the future.

  11. When Fox was hired, Chicago was thrilled because the Bears had deviated from their own history and experience by hiring an experienced head coach — not a young guy who rose from the coordinator or lesser ranks.

    Now, that is being second guessed as a bad move.

    Come on Chicago, what’s it going to be?

    Make up your mind already.

  12. Fox came to Denver to stabilize the team after the Josh era. He was fine for that, but had no killer instinct. Pace should be gone also. I have no fox in this hunt -lol- but get a real coach Pagano find a GM who is an adult. Who have the Bears drafted in the last 3 yrs that make a difference vs NE who always drafts low. And if the Bears had an adult in the front office they could have had Garapalo, Fournet and Harrison and Ajai. It won’t improve until the Bears get a real coach & real GM. It’s funny ( I am from Denver) who the Bears ended up with all the Broncos cast offs Cutler, Marshall etc.

  13. Many teams havent gotten anywhere near the level of success this guy has had. Some teams consistently do not make playoffs, or even be competitive.

    He was not matched well in Chicago. Evident from the start. Bad institutional fit.

    dirtdawg53 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    He and Fisher belong in the same category. Middling talents who played out the strong based on early SB appearances. Fox has taken multiple teams, with great talent, to the very precipice. And lost every time.

  14. Mixed feelings about this. Maybe Fox isn’t the right guy any longer, but when I look at Chicago’s roster, I see a team that’s not far from the playoffs.

    That defense is legit. Trubiski is young but appears to be the real deal so far. If Chicago can acquire some blue-chip talent on the outside, that offense will look MUCH different. They already have a great back field.

    Add talent to that offensive line and WR corps and I see a 9-7/10-6 team.

  15. Bears were terrible before Fox showed up and will be terrible after leaves. He actually did pretty well with the talent level he had to deal with. Kept the Bears competitive in a lot of games.

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