Chicago Bears Hire ‘Good Guy’ John Fox


John Fox is the new coach of the Chicago Bears, the team announced Friday.

He agreed to a four-year deal, sources told ESPN. There will be a news conference on Monday at noon ET.

Fox becomes Chicago’s third head coach since 2012, taking over for Marc Trestman, who was fired Dec. 29, along with general manager Phil Emery, after posting a 13-19 record over two seasons. The Bears have missed the postseason for four consecutive years.

Fox produced a record of 46-18 over four seasons with the Denver Broncos, leading the club to a postseason in every year of his tenure, while winning the AFC West in each of those years.

He is one of just six coaches (Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Bill Parcells, Mike Holmgren, Dick Vermeil) to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

Fox joined the Broncos in 2011 after spending nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers (2002-10).

He inherits a talented, yet underachieving offense coming off a season in which it produced the top completion percentage (65) in franchise history, while ranking No. 2 in the club’s record book in completions (396), passing attempts (609) and passing touchdowns.

Running back Matt Forte set the NFL record in receptions (102) and finished third in yards from scrimmage (1,846). Alshon Jeffery posted his second-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season, and tight end Martellus Bennett set a club record for receptions by a tight end (90), while guard Kyle Long received Pro Bowl recognition for the second straight year.

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Michael C. Wright

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