The Chicago Bears have fired head coach John Fox one day after the Bears’ 23-10 loss to the Vikings and a 5-11 season. Fox was 14-34 in three years in Chicago, compiling the second-worst winning percentage (.292) in Bears history.
Coach John Fox, 62, was hired in January 2015, recognized for his experience and track record of success.
Fox was hired shortly after Ryan Pace was hired as the league’s youngest general manager.
Fox had previously led the Panthers and Broncos to the Super Bowl, and Fox was picked by the Bears after he became available when he was ousted by the Denver Broncos — the same team that gave up Chicago Bears failed quarterback Jay Cutler. Both Cutler and Fox had controversial exits at Denver. Fox and Broncos General Manager John Elway had “difference” according to elway.
John Fox replaced Marc Trestman, and the Bears went 6-10 in Fox’s first season, only one victory more than Trestman’s 5-11 final season.
In 2016, the Bears recorded a 3-13 record — their worst record in the history of 16-game schedules. However, Pace supported Fox and vowed such struggles would never happen again for the Bears.
In 2017, the the Bears recorded a dismal 5-11 record, finishing last place in the NFC North. In 2017 the Bears beat the the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cleveland Browns.
Fox has a career record of 133-123 in his 16 seasons as an NFL head coach. Without the performance of Peyton Manning in his stats (three years), his record is 95-113 in 13 seasons with only three winning seasons.
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tfw John Fox is only going to be your coach for a few more hours pic.twitter.com/Sxq91WgfSb
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) December 31, 2017
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticChi) January 1, 2018
John Fox's three seasons without a postseason berth extends the Bears' playoff drought to 7 years – 3rd longest in team history. The record is 13 from 1964-1976. Team snapped it with WC berth in 1977. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/qXXEuZRz22
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) January 1, 2018
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