CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) – Another head-coaching vancacy has been filled in the NFL as the Chicago Bears officially hired John Fox as their head coach on Friday.
The Denver Post’s Mike Klis broke the news via Twitter and the deal is reportedly a four-year pact between Fox and the Bears. He becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history and will now be faced with the challenge of trying to right the ship in Chicago following Marc Trestman’s failed two-year tenure.
Another challenge Fox will face is getting Jay Cutler to play up to his physical abilities. Cutler has as much arm talent as any quarterback in the league but he’s developed a reputation as being a coach killer. It remains to be seen whom Fox hires to be his offensive and defensive coordinators and what philosophy he’ll embrace with Cutler behind center. He’s also been a head coach that prefers to pound the ball on the ground, although that philosophy obvious shifted when he had Peyton Manning as his quarterback in Denver.
With Fox landing the Chicago gig, Denver and Atlanta are the only two teams that still need to find head coaches. The Broncos are reportedly leaning towards hiring current Ravens’ OC Gary Kubiak, who also called plays under Mike Shanahan in Denver before taking the Houston Texans job in 2006. Seahawks DC Dan Quinn and Lions DC Teryl Austin are the two names rumored to be on Atlanta’s radar.