Poppen Off – Fox Emerges as Leading Candidate in Bears Coaching Search
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has been a busy man interviewing candidate after candidate for the teams head coach vacancy, but no more interview will be more important than the one he has coming up sometime today.
While it is great that the team has already spoken with Todd Bowles, Doug Marrone, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn and likely some others that have yet to be named, none of them come close to equalling the credentials of now former Broncos head coach John Fox.
It’s not everyday that a guy coming off four straight postseason appearances hits the open market, but that is exactly what happened late Monday night when the Broncos and Fox agreed to part ways. The only thing I can think of is Fox and general manager/vice president John Elway could not come to terms on what direction the franchise was headed, and this move was more of a power play rather than a coach being let go for his inability to get the job done.
Sure, the Broncos got bounced from the playoffs earlier than expected this season, but I would take an early playoff exit over the current state of the Bears any day.
While I am not saying Fox would come in and make the Bears an immediate contender, can you name me a single coach on the market with better credentials?
Fox has led two different teams to Super Bowl berths in the Panthers and Broncos, although both times he came up on the losing end. The defensive-minded leader has shown sustained success over what has been a solid coaching career with a record of 119-89, and could prove to be the rock that this franchise so greatly needs.
The NFL is a very what have you done for me lately league, and the fact Fox is even available just goes to prove that.
I am pleased to hear that the Bears first year GM has already reached out to the veteran coach, and will be bringing him in for an interview today. The names listed above do not hold a candle to John Fox, and if I am the Bears, the man does not leave Halas Hall without a contract in hand.
Rumors floating around the league right now are that Chicago is the favorite to land Fox, now let’s just hope this new front office does not find a way to screw this up.
Are there any names out there you would like to see the Bears bring in rather than Fox? If so you would surely be in the minority of those who want to see this team led by someone with little to no head coaching experience.
The class of head coaching candidates this season was extremely weak prior to Fox being thrown into the mix, now it is time for the Bears to nut up and land the biggest fish out there in an extremely small pond.
FanRag Sports Wants to Know:
Fox has led the Broncos to four straight playoff appearances and two franchises to the Super Bowl
Which coaching candidates would be the best fit for the Chicago Bears?
Would you rather your team hire an up and coming coordinator without head coaching experience, or someone that has demonstrated sustained success even though they’ve been fired?
Be Seen, Be Heard, Be a Fan!
Tweet your NFL comments, predictions, questions, rants and reactions to @ScottPoppen, @FanRagSports and @TodaysPigskin then Like Us on Facebook.