I'll be the first one to admit I wasn't crazy about the Bears hiring John Fox. I thought he was a boring and uneventful coach who wouldn't excite a fan base or get the Bears on the right track. Once the Bears knocked off the Packers in Green Bay on Thanksgiving night, I gladly ate my words like it was a big piece of pumpkin pie.
What Fox has done in only 11 games is bring stability right now and hope for the future. He's used his credibility and calm demeanor to build a foundation any Bears fan should feel good about right now.
Whether it was Fox or general manager Ryan Pace, to decisions to hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator and Vic Fangio as the defensive coordinator have proved invaluable.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is having his most consistent season as a Bear under Gase's tutelage and the defense is continuing to climb out of a massive hole Mel Tucker left them in. Despite not having an above average roster, the Bears continue to make strides instead of excuses.
The term "excuse" is a great way to summarize the past couple of years for the Bears. Whether it was injuries or schemes, there always seemed to be an excuse as to why the Bears weren't as successful as we all thought they should be. Fox doesn't bring excuses to the table. Instead, he brings accountability.
The Bears aren't a Super Bowl contending team this year and that's OK. They have still manged to play hard and give us all a glimpse of things to come. Pace has shown you he can draft well even without seeing first round pick Kevin White on the field yet.
This team has a plan in place. It's not centered around throwing money at a variety of different players just to try and fill a hole. If you don't fit the overall system, do what's best for the team or don't believe in the culture being cultivated then you aren't Chicago Bears material.
The turning point seemed to happen with the incident with former Bears defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. He went on a very public and ugly tirade that ultimately ended in his release. The Bears have gone 3-2 since the incident but that doesn't tell the whole story. The team looks more together than ever and the arrow is pointing up.
There will be a ton of questions this off-season. Will Matt Forte come back? Is Adam Gase going to bolt for a head coach position? What about Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler and Martellus Bennett? One things for sure, even as the Bears face another busy off-season, it's good to know Fox is at the helm and focused on keeping the ship on course.