New Chicago Bears head coach John Fox introduced himself to the media on Monday and proceeded to show why he’s been so successful the past 13 years.
Fox’s coaching career spans over 25 years in the NFL including the last four as the head coach of the Denver Broncos and the previous nine in Carolina.
Just a week ago he was coaching in the AFC divisional round and a year ago his Broncos were in the Super Bowl.
Now Fox joins the league’s oldest franchise as the 15th head coach in Bears history. On Friday, he signed a four-year deal with the Bears.
“To be standing here in the same role as George Halas is pretty remarkable and one I take very seriously,” Fox said Monday.
Fox will have his hands full to turn around a Bears team that is fresh off a letdown 5-11 season where everyone involved was to blame starting from the top.
The 59-year-old Virginia-born coach will come in and bring a different type of coaching where excuses aren’t allowed.
“I can’t make you any promises other than I’m going to give you everything that I’ve got. That [Lombardi] trophy is pretty lonely out there.”
Fox made the media laugh numerous times and even said he isn’t that smart, but that he knows the game of football.
When asked about if turning 60 next month will affect things. He responded with:
“I’m very healthy. I’m very energetic. I stay away from mirrors. I have a great passion for what I do.”
Some media members thought he said beers, but after going under aortic valve replacement surgery in 2013 mirrors makes much more sense. Plus it was pretty humorous.
Fox showed that he is humble and proud to be in this situation.
He reiterated what general manager Ryan Pace envisioned his new head coach would provide the Bears.
“Running the ball and stopping the run. I think that’s the essence of football. But I can promise you you better be able to throw it.”
Fox said Pace and him want to make things right with former star linebacker Brian Urlacher, who text him after his hiring became official.
He also said he was going to reach out to Mike Ditka: “I’d be crazy not to.”
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler sent Fox a text congratulating him and Fox said he is “looking forward to getting to know Jay.” When asked what he looks in a quarterback, Fox said this.
“One that wins,” he said. “I’ve had different ones. They’re just like any other position, from the standpoint of what you’re looking for: decision-making, executing their job, what to do, how to do it and execute it under pressure.”
Fox met with the remaining Bears’ coaching staff on Sunday. On Monday, he hired his former special teams coach Jeff Rodgers to become the special teams coordinator.
Rodgers was the special teams coordinator in Denver the past four years and he was with Fox in Carolina in the same position in 2010.
For anyone who believes the head coach doesn’t do much outside of the lead the team in practices or in the locker room is wrong. Fox made a point of that on Monday.
“As a head coach my job to motivate and manage the football team. That’s all 3 phases. I look at a lot film.”
He isn’t sure what defensive scheme the Bears will use just yet, but he said “we’re going to put our players in the best position to have success whether that’s 3-4 or 4-3.
He also made it known that the Bears will hire “an outstanding offensive coordinator.”
Pace is heading to Mobile, Alabama later Monday for the Senior Bowl, but Fox will stay back to continue to assemble the coaching staff.
Fox and Pace met with 92-year-old Bears owner Virigina McCaskey at her home prior to Fox’s hiring. McCaskey was very upset with the state of the team following the 2014 season and the firings that proceeded.
McCaskey’s son George, who is the team’s chairman spoke to the media briefly following Fox’s press conference.
“When you have somebody with John’s experience and abilities, you have to go after him,” he said.
Fox said all the right things on Monday and proved why he’s been a solid head coach for so many years in this league.
He cleared up his departure from Denver by saying that they mutually parted ways and that he felt good about it.
To be concerned about that seems to be a dead issue.
Fox is the perfect man for the job as long as he follows up on his plans of running the football, playing tough defense and hiring an “outstanding offensive coordinator.”
The Bears did it right with this hire. It shouldn’t be out of the question for them to turn things around in a big way in 2015.
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