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John Fox, Chicago Bears Head Coach

| January 16th, 2015

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John Fox is not a flawless head coach. But the Chicago Bears are coming off a 2014 debacle defined by locker room meltdowns, traitorous coach leaks, endless primetime blowouts and a lack of any and all competitive fight. The organization, more than savvy play-calling or altered scheme, was desperate for stability. Fox is thirty games over .500 as a head coach. He is well-respected across the NFL landscape. He will build a top tier, professional staff. (Including the most exciting candy in the pinata, Kyle Shanahan.)

Stability has arrived.

Perhaps most importantly, John Fox will lead the locker room. There will be no more questions of accountability or articles written about the head coach addressing his players from the back of the room. The Chicago Bears will blow their horns to the tempo of Fox’s baton. And whilst hiring him does not guarantee topping Aaron Rodgers in the NFC North, it does guarantee the Bears return to respectability.

So welcome, Coach Fox, to a proud franchise. Welcome to a fan base desperate for the kind of toughness that came to define your teams throughout tenures in Carolina and Denver. Welcome to a city that rewards its champions with a lifetime of applause – muted in winter through thick, wool mittens – and more endorsement money than your pockets can hold.  (Not to mention radios shows, restaurants…etc.)

Welcome. Now win.

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  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Good hire.

    Pace seemed to play his cards the right way.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears play AFC West (Fox’s ex division) and NFL West (the NFC division he played against this year).

    This should help.

    • John Doe

      I was thinking the same thing.

      Some free agents will follow him as well.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I wouldn’t mind me some Knighton.

        He’ll also resurrect Lamarr Houston. He knows how good he is if you use him the right way.

        • Big Mike

          And Bostic, Greene might even get out of the doghouse,

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            These are 2nd tier players. I wouldn’t mind if he cuts them. I wouldn’t see it as a negative thing against him.

            Bostic was this year’s biggest disappointment on D from my point of view.

            PS: I have more hope for Jones in the Von Miller SLB base D role.

          • Big Mike

            You don’t know that. They’ve been out of position. You don’t know if Houston can be better. It’s all speculation. I wouldn’t mind if he cut them either. But my opinion is they will be better players under this coaching staff than the last one.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I know Houston is/will be wayyy better. I’ve seen all his snaps in the NFL.

            He’s a menace and a polyvalent weapon.

          • Big Mike

            I like Lamar Houston, don’t get me wrong. Bostic has the same kind of upside. I’ve been saying it for years, he’s been playing out of position. He slides into Briggs’ spot and bam. it will be like “where did that guy come from”

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Maybe, but doubtful.

            First of all…he can’t start in that role. He can’t be a starter next season. Maybe in time.

          • Big Mike

            Bostic is a weak side LB. He needs an offseason of work there and only there. You’ll see.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I have no hope for hum, even if I see why he’d be one that would gain the most by having real coaches.

          • SC Dave

            You added a word. Bostic is a weak LB.

          • Big Mike

            I’m not ready to concede that point until he has played for a coach that knows wtf he is doing.

          • John Doe

            Not sure about Houston after ACL. Look at Geno Atkins, Henry Melton, Nate Collins coming back from ACL in 2014. A shell of their former self.

            It may be time to move on from Houston. He won’t be even ready for training camp or week 1.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            some are a shell, some return better than before.

            I’ll always bet on Lamarr Houston.

          • SC Dave

            Second tier is generous.

        • Shady

          Is Pot Roast a free agent?

        • as long as houston’s knee heals as it should. not everyone comes back from ACL injuries like adrian peterson did.

  • Big Mike

    Landing John Fox is a move that will undo the damage done by Trestman more quickly than any other coach we could have hired. Fox coming available was a life preserver to the Bears organization.

    The next best candidate, whoever you liked, would have had far more questions, deficiencies and a much greater learning curve than John Fox.

    We will also find out how truly bad the Trestman coaching staff was. I bet we have 3-4 players that have break out years next year. largely due to finally being in position, in a proper scheme, with proper play calling and an off season of being coached by a much better coaching staff.

    There is an excellent chance that we will now have coordinators who have actually had that job before, quite possibly coordinators with HC experience.

    This is a huge win for the Chicago Bears.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Lets hope Tucker didn’t ruin many of those Defenders.

      PS: Denver used G at OT…maybe we’ll finally see Long there, especially if you regard the run as a weapon instead of a pain in the ass.

      • Big Mike

        They can be repaired. The timing for the guys who have less than 3 years of experience in the League could be career altering. The staff he put together was weak at every level. Kromer, Tucker, the position coaches, were all recruited from a position of weakness. (basically who is leftover, who did I work with 15 years ago).

        Coaching matters. A lot in the football.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Without any doubt. I think the O staff was good/great. On the D side Tucker was so bad it didn’t matter who the assistants were.

          You can be the best of the best positional coach in the galaxy, but if the philosophy of the DC is a disgrace you’ll fail too.

          You can’t play passive D with a numerous rookie D side. That’s basic shit right there. In a game of patience who’s going to lose ? The fucking rookie…because that’s the reason he’s a rookie.

          • Big Mike

            The offensive coaching staff was mediocre. Scheme matters, but execution, technique and details matter more. Defense for the Bears in week 17 looked like a pre-season team. Our of position, wrong coverages, ugh..

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Bears O in 2013 was Top 2 offense in Bears modern history. Top 10 Offense in the NFL with 5 new players (4 OL & TE)

            Credit should be given when and where it’s due.

          • Big Mike

            They would have made progress instead of regressing in year 2 with a good staff. It doesn’t seem that it has occurred to anyone that Trestman YR 1 was the anomaly. Like I said, coaching staff was mediocre. Average out the 2 years. Probably real close to the middle.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That was coming from the top.

            Just like on D where not every assistant was poor, it was Tucker that was incapable, on O happened the same thing. Trestman lost it and there wasn’t anything anybody could have done.

            They weren’t the best of the best, but on O they were better than what the Bears had in 10 years.

          • Big Mike

            I’ll agree with that.

        • SC Dave

          True, but if all these guys are that good, I guess Emery was The Beast

          • Big Mike

            I’m on record as saying that this was less Emery’s fault than Trestman’s. Emery goes in the barrel for picking Trestman and messing up his first draft pretty badly. I thought Emery’s 2nd and 3rd drafts got progressively better. My belief is that those drafts will look increasingly better with the coaching that is about to come in to town. McClellin might even take a step forward.

    • BillW

      I agree, except I still have pains when I remember being excited about having three ex-HCs under Lovie (Rod, Tice, Martz).

      • Big Mike

        Marinelli excelled. He’s one of the best DC’s out there. Martz got more out of what the Bears had than any OC under Lovie (18-8) until Cutler broke his hand and we had the Caleb Haney era. Tice was a phenomenal o-line coach. As an OC he was a mistake.

        But if Fox brings in Kyle Shannahan and Dennis Allen, WOW.

        • BillW

          Yeah – you’re right. It is strange to realize we really were close to something back in those days. A couple decent linemen and a healthy Cutler and maybe they’d all still be here.

          • Big Mike

            Add Slauson and Bushrod to that team. Done. And that was with Hester as a #1. What killed that coaching staff was that the 2011 draft produced 1 player (Paea) who contributed. (Carimi, Conte, Enderle, JT Thomas) and the 2010 draft gave us (Major Wright, Corey Wootton, Josh Moore, Dan Lefevour, and J’Marcus Webb).

            BTW as much crap as we gave Webb for being awful, kudos to the young man for being a 7th round draft pick and getting a 4-5 year NFL career.

          • SC Dave

            Thumbs up on the Webb thing. Playing in the NFL aint easy

          • Big Mike

            1700 spots on NFL rosters. That’s it.

    • SC Dave

      Drink that Kool-Aid. It’s cold right now. By draft time it will be tepid.

      • Big Mike

        No Kool-Aid was poured. My own analysis. I’ve liked John Fox since he took the Panthers to SB in three years, starting with a 2-14 team. He cleaned up a mess in Denver and turned them back into a perennial playoff team and got them to the SB.

        Kool-aid is what I needed to swallow the no defense/do special teams rely on the offense to win games approach of the last couple years.

        The draft is all about kool-aid, because all you have to go on is everybody else’s opinion and whatever tape ends up on youtube

  • Shady

    Is this officially official yet?

    • Big Mike

      Apparently just finalizing contract negotiations. Given that what is leaking out, is a step behind what’s happening, this likely is a done deal, but might not get announced officially until Monday.

      Just my take on it.

    • SC Dave

      It’s on Da Site, so I’d say so. Of course, I *am* responding five hours later

  • Ososfan

    I know Barb stirs people the wrong way sometimes, (and I know my opinion probably doesn’t much matter to you, Barb) But his opinions are most of the time very spot on and brutally honest which is dope. Well, actually, all you guys from the blog are pretty much on point with everything…. Random rant: done…

    • beninnorcal

      You mean Barb ‘The Impaler’?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I’m the King of my kingdom.

      Thanks, man.

      • BillW

        Barb the Beast! (Said light heartedly)

        King of your Kingdom sounds like Master of your own domain (Seinfeld)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t watch that show. It bores me.

          • BillW

            Me too. Honestly. But it is the source for a lot of common catch phrases –
            No soup for you
            Not that there’s anything wrong with that
            and many others

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course it is. That’s what the show is based on. Cliches and preconceptions.

          • Scharfinator

            And a laugh track. Sitcoms tell you when to laugh, because typically, the jokes aren’t funny enough on their own.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            ‘2 and a half men’ never needed that. That was my best comedy show ever.

          • BillW

            Speaking of “whiny vaginas” that’s all the show was based on. And I never realized that was the joke until the last episode (which I watched along with friends and family). Those that liked the show thought the last episode was stupid. I loved it, as did others who didn’t like the show. Because it made fun of itself – and in turn the viewers who didn’t get it,

          • Unlike most comedies

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            most comedies have them as a safe net…these guys went all in.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Thank you – welcome to the Anti-Seinfeld green room. I’ll make you a seat. His popularity astounds me.

        • SC Dave

          King in da Castle

  • Trac

    I’ve heard Fox will be bringing Allen as his DC. If so, I’m more excited than I was even at the height of Lovies tenure. This could be the best coaching staff since the days of Ditka.

    • Big Mike

      One of the things I’ve been most jacked up about Fox, is that he has the gravitas, to bring in coordinators and position coaches that are a HUGE upgrade over the guys that Tresticle picked up off the scrap heap.

      • Trac

        Amen to that brother. Hopefully the days of head scratching are over.

    • Ososfan

      Really hope so, was Houston playing when he was HC of the raiders?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Of course.

      • Trac

        I’m just so happy to have a solid HC that’s going to assemble a capable staff.

  • Ososfan

    Btw, really hoping Pace’s style of “BPA drafting” would be picking the best OT in this year’s draft to anchor next to Long or Slauson since Bushrod ist doing too well, and I believe Mills will come back next year with a vengeance and go to his first pro bowl…..

    • Big Mike

      You can’t draft BPA and then single out a position. That’s the exact opposite of BPA.

      • Ososfan

        Hmm.. you’re right. I completely messed that up with my personal bias. Lol

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Hell no. Get me Defensive Backer…where the team has it’s weakest point.

      Put Long at OT and the problem is resolved.

      • Ososfan

        Nah man, Long is a two-time all pro as a Guard, I’d rather he stay there than, switching him.over to tackle and maybe he’ll be as productive as he’s already been as a G.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Baltimore put Yanda (Top 3 G in football for 3+ years now) at OT and he might have been the best OT in the NFL the last 2 months.

          Your run gets a big boost. The Bears need to run the ball…with Cutler or a rookie QB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            DE. Surely DE is what needs to happen next. I don’t want another year of Cracker, or his salary.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            DE is the least of Bears problems.

          • SC Dave

            Least of the Bears problems are RB and PK. But after that, I’d say you’re about right.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s a tall dude, I’d rather have him out at LT being useful, with two shorter burlier dudes in at guard for that leverage. Swing bushrod out to RT. Draft an honest to god Center and maybe we can run the ball. We barely got a thousand yards out of Forte and couldn’t break a 4 yard average. If we (hopefully) trade Mr. Don’t Care we’re gonna need that ground game.

          • SC Dave

            I do like the idea of getting a couple more maulers, but if we get another right side guy as good as Long, he can play tackle for all I care.

            At some point, you have to build consistency and familiarity with guys playing next to each other on the OL. All great olines have been that way – guys playing next to each other for a couple of years at the same positions and becoming way more than the sum of the parts.

      • SC Dave

        This. We need our Luke Kuechly.

        Because we are the Chicago Bears. And a HoF MLB is, of all things, what we are *supposed to have*.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I wouldn’t mind a Lavonte David or a Bobby Wagner, mind you.

          • SC Dave

            I appreciate your perspective, Barb. I really do. I became a Bears fan in 1965 because I was (as huntin so beautifully put it) “Butkusized” and THAT is what it all compares to. And Kuechly is closer to that than David or Wagner.

            Although it’s hard to imagine there will be a Butkus again.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I become a fan in 2006 because of the Bears Special Teams combo Hester-Toub.

            I love special teams.

    • willbest

      Somebody was saying the type of foot injury that Mills suffered could plague him his entire career.

      Really as long as they don’t reach on a safety or linebacker. There is no Luke Kuechly or Earl Thomas in this draft

      • Ososfan

        Damn man, that would suck. Looked like he was a Great pick. Hopefully he will be able to recover fully.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Who Mills? Jordan Mills? If he recovers fully then he becomes a second-rate tackle at best. He killed us.

  • John Doe

    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet · 40m40 minutes ago
    John Fox as a HC has gone to the playoffs with Jake Delhomme and Tim Tebow. Next up? Maybe Jay Cutler, though #Bears will weigh options

    • BillW

      Buzz kill

  • beninnorcal

    Exciting day, folks. It was a bummer watching this team implode to the point of the firings but it’s Christmas again with the new GM/HC combo. It could turn out to be pretty good, could be bad too, but very exciting.
    Would been a long-offseason if the previous regime held on to power. Hats off to George, trying to get it done for his mom.
    Cheers.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Need to move quickly now to secure Kyle Shanahan before the Broncos hire Kubiak.

  • willbest

    Wasn’t Lovie’s staff mainly comprised of failed HC?

    • BillW

      Shhh…
      (though I mentioned the same thing)

    • Big Mike

      Yes, but Marinelli is now one of the best DCs in the game. Martz did a pretty damn good job with what he had (18-8 until Cutler went down). Tice was a stretch at OC, but it was a don’t rock the boat move. Never liked that. But Tice was one hell of an OL coach.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Under Fox and a Kyle Orton, Maranelli/Martz/Tice might actually work. Rod certainly would.

      • willbest

        Was he? because we had trouble keeping Cutler up in pass protect and we didn’t have a power run game even with MB3 or Bush back there. I suppose it didn’t help that Angelo had no idea what an nfl offensive linemen looked like.

        Tice was hired as OC because everybody and their mother knew with the firing of angelo and hiring of emery Lovie was going to get canned if he didn’t make the playoffs. Nobody worth anything wanted the job so Lovie didn’t bother looking.

        It was a shame they only brought Martz in on a 2-year deal. Its possible that with him in there they might have made the playoffs in 2012 and we would have been spared the Trestmen horror. I can daydream but a Lovie/Marinelli/Martz/Toub using the 2013 Roster goes to the NFC Championship game to lose to Seattle.

        • Big Mike

          Agreed that Tice was promoted for the reasons you cited. Like I said, he was a stretch at OC. He was put there because he it was convenient, he was the only guy that would do it.

          Tice sure was a good o-line coach. Webb was a rookie 7th round draft choice tossed in at LT and the right tackle was Gabe Carimi. Our backup tackle was Omiyale.

          Martz resigning was unfortunate. Had that group stayed together, we’d have made the playoffs in 2013 and 2014. Much more talent than what they had to work with on offense. (Hester/Roy Williams/Kellen Davis) vs (Marshall, Jeffery, Bennet) OL (Webb, C. Williams, Garza, Louis, Carimi) vs (Bushrod, Slauson, Garza, Long, Mills)

          Granted the defensive talent slid, but Marinelli, Babich, and Lovie get a shit ton more out of the group than Tucker et al.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            you keep saying Tice was a ‘good’ or ‘phenomenal ‘ or ‘one hell of a oline coach’, i don’t see it. If we didn’t have him as an o-line coach how many sacks would we have given up. Hell instead of having 9 sacks in a half against NYG we should have what? 15. 20.

            My thoughts are that he actually hindered the Bears. Otherwise why would we have kept Webb at LT for so long? Why did we not get better production out of C. Williams or Carimi? He is also the line coach with ATL now and their line SUCKS.

    • SC Dave

      Um… yup

  • BillW

    We will all get back to disagreeing and maybe name calling on the board in due time. But I sense a real excitement from everyone that Quinn or Bowles could never provide.

    That’s all I ask for from the Bears. It’s too tough to win a SB with 32 teams all fighting for the same prize every year. The Raiders owner mentioned championships (plural) as has George and Teddy. Again using my math skills (thanks Scott) I could estimate just how unlikely it is for any two specific teams to win two or more each.

    A win against GB in the Rodgers era would be a nice start next year.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Really? I love that I find out my news here first. Excellent.

    Welcome to the Bears Coach Fox.

    • BillW

      Not official but reports (this time credible) say so

    • Ososfan

      Irish! Am I the only one who enjoys your conspiracy theories?! Btw, you still on the “trade forte” bandwagon?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yes you are and yes I am.

        For a second round pick? Absolutely. Draft a 4th rounder and get the same 3.9 yards per carry, 6 TDs and 1038 yard season for 6 million dollars less. Use the second rounder you got for Forte (which is what you paid for him years ago) to get a S, C or LB and laugh all the way to the playoffs singing “depreciation my ass!”.

        • Big Mike

          I can see the Forte trade. Not saying I’m a pro/con. Depends on who OC is really. Fox/Shanahan made just about every guy they brought in to Denver into a thousand yard rusher. My bigger concern is loyalty and impact on the locker room.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m more worried about losing Brandon. Anyone can get you a thousand and change rushing, but a healthy Brandon is the key to Alshon and the whole passing game. Maybe Fox brings Julius Thomas with him and we dump the tweeting unicorn.

          • Big Mike

            Brandon’s not going anywhere.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I hope not, some folk seemed to think he was a disturbance. I thought he was right to get pissed in public.

          • please don’t dump martellus. my wife loves her Black Unicorn tshirt.

        • Bender McLugh

          huge risk that you’ll also get the blitz pickups & pass catching as well. But a 2nd rounder for him this late in his career is a no-brainer

          • Irish Sweetness

            But do we want our RB catching 100 passes? It’s not normal. I’m all about the screens, but wow. Never had the man down as a pass-blocker though …

            There were a couple guys that went over 400 yards in a game this season in college, right? Can’t see both of them as first rounders, maybe somebody drops to us with an extra pick or two.

          • Bender McLugh

            yeah 100 catches is definitely pointing to an unbalanced offense when the team has a losing record. YES PLEASE for any of the RB beasts we’ve seen from college this year…..doesn’t mean Forte goes away tho

          • Constipated Cutty

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s insane. You’ll get a 6th round pick for Forte if you’re lucky. He has 1 very costly year left on his contract.

          You have zero leverage, if not minus.

          • Big Mike

            So then you keep him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            you extend him.

          • Big Mike

            I’d say Forte has earned that. The conversation in my mind was if you could get a 2nd round pick would you take it. My opinion was “I could see that”. It would be hard because I very much appreciate the caliber of football player and person Matt Forte is.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Oh… as a concept. Then of course you would. No doubt about it.

            But in real terms it’s a SF scenario.

            It’s disrespectful towards Forte even talking about it.

          • SC Dave

            Arguably the second or third best RB in Chicago Bears history – OF COURSE YOU FUCKING KEEP HIM.

            Jesus, the idiocy about trading Forte. smfh

    • Scott W.

      Me too. This is always the first site I check for Bears news. If Jeff hasn’t tweeted it, a poster has put it up. Best Bears news site on the web.

  • BillW

    For those questioning Pace flying to Denver “chasing” Fox:

    As Canada said in the other thread, it’s respect for a guy whose been a HC for a while with two SB appearances..

    Contrast that to asking the Coach of the Year to do a mock press conference and maybe you’ll see the point.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Again with this nonsense ?

      Stop it with the Emery stuff. You’ll lose at your own game.

      • BillW

        Hey Barb – nothing’s going to change my way. I’m a happy Bears fan. Peace and all that to you. I even gave you a friendly but subtle shout out by calling you Barb the Beast. Embrace the good vibes here – take it from “Eeyore”; it’s very freeing to be able to laugh at yourself.

        Anyway, my only point is that Pace perhaps learned from what could be perceived as a mistake.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          If he learned he learned on his own, not watching the Bears hiring history.

          • BillW

            One more try. People are saying it looks bad for Pace to fly out to Denver. Canada pointed out it’s respect due a coach of his experience. I am agreeing. For those who may not see the point, I compare to the faux pas of asking Arians to do a mock press conference. Not jumping on Emery. Not saying Pace is learning by doing the opposite of Emery. But maybe – just maybe hence the word perhaps – someone pointed that out to him. Or maybe not. Again, the main point is Pace going to Denver is a good move, not a bad one as some people suggested.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s a move.

            If Fox failles miserably people will say “And that bum Pace flew after him all over North America, like a stalker. And he had Bowles in front of him several days before, who’s now won his division, playoff games and was already rising star with the Cardinals’. Bla, bla, bla.

            People should support Pace without comparing him to Emery. For different reasons. Mainly because if you think Emery was a disaster being better than that doesn’t make you elite. Better than bad could mean average, not bad and so on .

          • BillW

            OK – I struck out. You don’t get it. And I’m not going to continue a discussion about a point I’m not even making.

          • SC Dave

            The first sentence of that last paragraph.

      • Scott W.

        You certainly are predictable, I’ll give you that.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Dick LeBeau anyone ? Hire him as DC and that’s a semi in anyone’s pantaloons.

    • Scharfinator

      That’d be cool, but what is he doing? I’m confused if he wants to coach now or what?

    • John Doe

      He is joining Bruce Arians in Arizona. Thanks, Phil Emery.

      • Bender McLugh

        dang, hadn’t heard that………he would have been an excellent pairing with Fox.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Vic Fangio or Jim Schwartz are superior hires.

      • Shady

        Gym Shorts is an idiot.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t care. Tucker is a peach of a man.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I thought LeBeau has two rings on his CV – how are they superior? If Jim Schwartz or Josh McDaniels come anywhere near this team I’m heading for the clocktower with suppressed rifle.

        • Big Mike

          I can see McDaniels being a problem. He’s a punk. Schwartz, proved he could be rehabilitated from his Detroit ways, spending a year as the DC in Buffalo. What would be compelling is that between Fox and Schwartz, this “new” staff would have excellent familiarity with 7 of their 12 opponents next year. (Schwartz NFC North, Fox AFC West)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t want to give you the Mike Martz example, but…

          LeBeau is the Lovie of 3-4. They’re washed up. Done.

          PS: yeah…lets piss on Jim Schwartz, who made Rogers look like Cutler 1 month ago. You’re talking about the McDaniels that used plays never seen before in the NFL 6 days ago ? That McDaniels ?

        • SC Dave

          Rings are won by organizations. Lots of idiots have rings.

  • WP4Life

    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer · 54m54 minutes ago
    Just spoke to John Fox, still trying to hammer out an agreement with Bears. Incredibly excited to get this done0 replies566 retweets315 favorites
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    • BillW

      No big deal I suppose, but for some reason it strikes me as odd that Fox would be talking to Glazer on the record during his negotiations.

      • Bender McLugh

        Glazer scares the shit outta the coaches by challenging them to an arm wrestling match if they don’t keep him updated.

  • Shady

    Is it just me, or is that picture above trippy as fuck?

    • BillW

      I guess it depends what you’re on.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        quality, quantity and/or mixture

  • Bender McLugh

    I vote Patrick Mannelly for ST coach. Rock it.

    • SC Dave

      Then we can get “Audibles from the ST coach”

  • John Doe

    Mike Klis @MikeKlis · 2m2 minutes ago
    John Fox is officially the Bears’ head coach, per NFL source.

    • willbest

      With Bowles off the table, and Quinn still another month away from being able to assume the role (plus having to fight Atlanta for him), Urban Meyer not leaving OSU, and Teryl Austin only having 1 year of DC experience, I am okay with this development.

    • BillW

      Don’t know who this is. I assume though he is right. But really, these guys with Twitter accounts make statements figuring they will eventually be right and hopefully get the “credit”.

      Ryan Pace is the only official source that counts. When I hear it from him through the Bears media then it is “official”.

      But thanks for the post. seriously. As you can tell, I’m checking here and other places fairly often today for news.

      • BillW

        You know, trying to quiet my “whiny vagina”.

        • Big Mike

          Peter King, just retweeted this He wouldn’t put it out there if it wasn’t confirmed. He actually has a job as a sports journalist.

          • BillW

            And Glazer per Jeff’s tweets

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          That was directed at you, lol! Glad it finally happened before Bears fans started throwing themselves off of tall buildings.

          • BillW

            It’s all good BDIT!

      • John Doe

        this guy is Denver Post beat reporter for Broncos. So was legit.

        I was glad I was able to “break this” on DBB!

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Keeping with my “Desert Fox” Theme.

    Maybe the “Gridiron Fox”…

    Very Exciting.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I prefer THIS line from PATTON…

      Rommel: I will attack and annihilate him…before he does the same to me.

      THAT seems like a sound football philosophy.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Agreed.

      • SC Dave

        Yeah okay. But the *real* general was Von Manstein.

  • BillW

    Maybe we get MB back here?

    • DaMurph

      Nope, he ain’t comin back.

  • BillW

    We still may never win another Super Bowl, but I feel like we sort of rejoined the NFL

    • willbest

      Our draft pick of #7 suggests we never left. Would that it could be #3 so that we could get Williams.

      • BillW

        And maybe Mr Pace will get to work on that next. He’s just getting started.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    I guess I’m happy to see the bears go another route, that being hiring a head coach with NFL head coach experience. But I’m not as sold as some of you guys. Maybe I’m just a weary bears fan who’s been hurt to many times to ever trust again. But hey, they’re trying something new in Halas Hall, so kudos I guess.

    I’m also uncertain about why Jeff and others are so high on Kyle Shanahan. I’ve always felt like he was in way over his head. What am I missing?

    • Big Mike

      Man, you have got to get on board with this. Fox is tailor made for everything we’ve been asking for. Experience, Leadership, Respectability. He’s been successful at 2 rebuilds, he’s going to be driven as hell to get the ring in what will almost certainly be his last stop. His coordinators are going to be 3-5 up the ladder from what we had and I would argue better than what any coaching candidate out there could have recruited.

      Kyle Shanahan, has 7 years of experience as an OC and has done this without the benefit of a QB as good as Cutler. (I know, we all hate Cutler) Statistically, Cutler is the best QB he will have ever coached. He had Hoyer on a roll early in the year at Cleveland, he had RGIII in his rookie season winning offensive ROY honors and so on. He knows the game.

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000412387/article/kyle-shanahan-behind-brian-hoyers-browns-success

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Alright, alright. I’ll take your word for it. You’re a coach and all that. I’m on board. But I’m wearing two life preservers this time.

        • Big Mike

          Just wanting my fellow Bears fans to enjoy this victory. Whether there was a plan hatched before hand with Acorsi (my favorite scenario), or they just stumbled into John Fox, he is a better candidate than was on the market when the Bears canned the two idiots.

          Only Harbaugh might have been a better option.

        • SC Dave

          This. There is no victory yet. I’ll go all Missouri – Show Me.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I’m not sold on anything. I also appreciate the different route. It was the least they could do.

      For me…I’ll give my support and patience to the new guys (GM-HC) and judge the results at the end of the season.

      • SC Dave

        Yup… I’m watching. Show Me.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          It ain’t gonna be easy. The Bears have a bunch of position holes and where they’re good those players suffered a mentality hit this year.

  • BillW

    Wonder when the presser will be? Hope tomorrow rather than waiting. Won’t be Sunday with the games and maybe not on MLK day either Monday.

    • willbest

      And on Tuesday they will want to be at the Senior bowl, so I figure tomorrow.

      • BillW

        Trib reporting they are both coming back to Chicago this afternoon.

        • willbest

          Radio is saying Monday at 11am

          • Big Mike

            Enough time to have his coordinators line up 🙂 !

          • SC Dave

            That would be good, and different. To have the whole plan in place.

            A definite change of (from) Pace.

          • Big Mike

            see what you did there… 🙂

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hope the organization has stopped the bleeding, at least.

  • BearDown100393

    Pace just killed the Man Growing industry at Halas Hall.

    • Big Mike

      Explain?

      • BearDown100393

        The most unlikely statement to be proclaimed by John Fox is a reference to “growing the man”.

        • Big Mike

          Oh man, how I hated that quote. I threw up a bit when I hear it.

  • BerwynBomber

    Fantastic hire. Fox was the most qualified coach on the market. The structure of the roster (and some millstone-like contracts) is still problematic but Fox brings instant credibility and will eliminate all 50 point blowouts. Ordinarily, one might worry about a newcomer handling the Chicago media (I don’t think Trestman was prepared for it), but Fox has been to two SBs, and coached both Manning and Tebow, both of whom brought major national media attention.

    Btw, NFC North could be the best division in football next year. The “weakest” team may be no worse than .500 or 7-9.

    • Big Mike

      Chicago sports media is insane.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Nobody in Chicago has been more supportive of me than @WaddleandSilvy. My gratitude is endless.”

    Great. What’s THEIR take on the Fox hiring?

    • BerwynBomber

      Ahhhh, that explains Blogfather’s Waddle and Silvy love (and his scorn for the Score).

      • Big Mike

        That and listening to the Score in the afternoon. It’s unbearable if you know anything about football.

        • BillW

          True – I’m surprised B&B have any ratings at all, The difference in the two shows is huge.

          • Johnnywad

            They get ratings by playing to the lowest common denominator. The irony there being they just continually demean the lowest common denominator on the air. It perpetuates itself by the lowest common denominator not believing/realizing that they are, in fact, the lowest common denominator when they call the show.

            I think I just confused myself.

          • SC Dave

            No, you didn’t. Unless… um… I’m confused.

    • willbest

      Silvy is about to kill his producer over the Fox song.

  • John Doe

    Patrick Finley2m
    John Fox will talk at an 11 am press conference on Monday.

    • BillW

      Thanks. Just saw your post

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Ian Rapoport retweeted
    Mike Garafolo ‏@MikeGarafolo 9m9 minutes ago
    John Fox and the Bears expected to try to interview Mike Mularkey as OC, source says. Titans denied TB’s request. Let’s see what happens.

    Mularkey is a mixed bag at OC, wouldn’t be the worst hire.

    • Shady

      Ugh.

    • John Doe

      Noooooo!

      • T’Challa

        That’s a bunch of malarkey! 🙂

        • SC Dave

          Somehow, that HAD to be posted.

    • Big Mike

      you guys hate everything…

      • SC Dave

  • WP4Life

    Mularkey’s offense rushed for 152.5 rushing yards per game, second most in the league. The Falcons also finished 10th in the NFL in scoring (up from 29th the previous year) with 24.4 points per game, and 6th in yards with 361.2 per game. Mularkey was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America following the 2008 season. Following a 13-3 season in 2010, Mularkey was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News. Mularkey interviewed with multiple NFL teams for their head coaching vacancies for 2011.

  • GPLDAN

    Bears may wanna go ahead and take this page down:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/team/staff/Phil-Emery/3374c6fe-c8a0-493f-b1d5-25aebe0ec31d

    “Phil has a preternatural predilection for predictive processes that permeate passion”

  • Big Mike

    I did it !!!

    • BillW

      With or without the little blue pill?

      • Big Mike

        If the Bears can keep functioning like the big boys, I’ll take the blue pill.

  • bigrobstunner

    Welcome!

  • Scott W.

    I want Brian Urlacher for DC.
    JUST KIDDING!!!
    However, I WOULD support hiring Phil Emery as the new locker room janitor.

    • BillW

      At the risk of getting Barb mad at me again, I do wonder what will happen to our departed guests – not just Phil.

      I sort of doubt Trestman gets a job but I could be wrong. He might be a candidate only so teams can pick his brain. (I had interviews like that – where I wondered if there really was a job opening or if they were just trying to get free consulting.)

      Tucker – probably will get another shot somewhere. But not here. Same with Joe D.

      • Big Mike

        Actually, I would argue that Trestman is more employable as an OC than Tucker is. Trestman’s offense had one very good year and one slightly below average year. Tucker, historically awful.

        • BillW

          And yet Tucker emerged above the fray this year. Counts for something.

          Speaking of which, wonder about Kromer the Rat too.

          • Big Mike

            He didn’t emerge above the fray, everyone knows he’s gone. Kromer was fired because of his off field behavior. Bears knew they’d be firing Trestman and all new Coordinators were coming.

          • BillW

            I mean Tucker came out looking “normal bad” as opposed to Trestman bad or Lost My Mind Kromer bad.

      • BerwynBomber

        Trestman should have a future as an OC in the league but would probably be wise to avoid CLE as Johnny Football could sink him quicker than Jay Cutler.

        Ultimately Trestman was a failure as a leader and the head of the lockerroom, but neither of those job descriptions are pre-requisites for coordinator positions.

        Funny, I will always contend Tucker had the best 2014 of all the major Bears coaches when factoring in expectations — yep even considering the 50 pt losses and historically bad performances.

      • Scott W.

        I’ll venture that Emery is toxic to all but the neediest of teams. All personal feeling aside, owners won’t forget his gushing over Trestman’s presentation at his interview, and how he left Arians twisting in the wind.
        His judgement is now very suspect.
        Whether Barb thinks so or not, he’s cancer right now. He’ll have to take a demotion, like Trestman, to stay in football.

  • BillW

    Viva El Zorro!

    (I know, that’ never gonna be a thing…)

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yeah, but I was Big Guy Williams fan.

  • Big Mike

    Two comments.

    1) Can we stop the “Bears are cheap” bullshit. Bears haven’t been cheap for some time now. They haven’t gotten value for the money a lot of times, but they have not been cheap.

    2) Can we stop talking about how the Bears are mismanaged and George McCaskey is just like Michael McCaskey. From Emery/Trestman to Pace/Fox took less than three weeks. It’s quite likely the whole thing was engineered from the get go, by Accorsi.

    • BillW

      I believe you are preaching to the choir. We all agree on those two points. Even Barb.
      (ducking…)

      • Big Mike

        Maybe I’ve been seeing this among the twitterati

        • BillW

          Everywhere on PFT and Trib comments for sure.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Big Mike…Emery/Trestman were George McCaskey show. It’s not like he was born 3 weeks ago and said ‘what’s this shit ?’. It was his shit.

      Plus…the Bears are hugely mismanaged… they go to the playoffs once every 4 years for 20+ years now.

    • BerwynBomber

      Bears haven’t been cheap for years. It has been nonsense for some time.

  • BillW

    Happy Friday everyone – enjoy the weekend and the games Sunday.

    Go (down) Pack, Go!

    • SC Dave

      I would be quite happy to see Green Bay win, actually.

  • John Doe

    One more thing press got wrong. Kyle Shanahan as Fox’s OC.

    Mike GarafoloVerified account‏@MikeGarafolo

    A lot of talk he’s hitching his wagon to Dan Quinn. RT @J3reinhold: What happened to Kyle Shanahan?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Dan Quinn? Quinn’s a DC and headed for a head coaching position, probably Atlanta.

      • John Doe

        Yes, Quinn is headed to Atlanta with Shanahan as his OC per rumors.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Little Shanny appears to be quite popular. Rumored for Atlanta, Oakland AND Chicago.

          • John Doe

            And Denver.

    • SC Dave

      So some douche twits something and is gospel? It’s all so sad…

  • John Doe

    I blame the Twitter Machine for so many false reports this hiring season. Everybody is trying get a jump on the next guy and put something on the Twitter Machine.

    • SC Dave

      And people like you for relentlessly passing them on. What’s in it for you, anyway?

  • GPLDAN
  • AlbertInTucson

    NFL.com

    “Fox goes from a Peyton Manning-led Super Bowl contender to a rebuilding project with questions under center in Jay Cutler. The coach’s first priority, though, is fixing a defense that trailed only the Raiders in points allowed per game in 2014. This shattered side of the ball is in need of leadership and warm bodies after putting the Bears in a hole on a weekly basis all autumn.

    Rapoport noted that Fox might be in competition to hire assistants with his former defensive coordinator and new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. The Chicago Tribune reported that Fox might ultimately tap Kyle Shanahan to lead the offense, which makes sense considering the play-caller’s fondness for Jay Cutler.”

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000459551/article/chicago-bears-hire-john-fox-as-head-coach

    • SC Dave

      An offense that can generate some time of possession and score some first half points is the easiest fix for the defense.

  • ‘A slightly smarter version of Lovie’ – CANADA (?)

    • CanadaBear

      Yep, that’s me!

  • John Doe

    Chicago Sun-Times9m
    As third-term coaches go, don’t expect the world from John Fox, says @davidjustCST. chicago.suntimes.com#Bears twitter.com

  • BerwynBomber

    Superb previews of both conference championship games. Barnwell is by far the best in the business at this sort of thing. (AFC link can be found to the left of the 2nd paragraph.)

    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nfc-championship-preview-packers-vs-seahawks/

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      great stuff indeed.

      If Indy beats New England it would be a masterpiece of a game from both game planing and execution points of view.

      • SC Dave

        I want a Green Bay – Indianapolis Bowl. With Indy winning, of course.

        • Big Mike

          With GB losing in the most painful way possible.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m with Patriots all the way.

  • GPLDAN

    Since Twitter is so beloved here on DBB, did anybody notice a hacker got ahold of the UPI Twitter feed today?

    Here was the UPI feed Tweets today:

    BREAKING: Chinese anti-ship missile fired at USS George Washington.
    — UPI.com (@UPI) January 16, 2015

    followed by:

    US Joint Chief of staff: USS George Washington damaged, US navy now engaged in active combat against Chinese vessels in South China sea.
    — UPI.com (@UPI) January 16, 2015

    then… my personal favorite….

    Pope: “World War III has begun”
    — UPI.com (@UPI) January 16, 2015

    Ah Twitter….. inventing new ways to wish for your demise….

    • SC Dave

      Twitter sucks hippo asshole… hmm.. guess that’s too complementary. Look at all the absolute fucking garbage on this blog over the past two weeks caused by twitter.

      • Scott W.

        Yer kind of an opinionated guy, Dave.

    • Scott W.

      In 40 characters or less, though. So it has made Twits far more succinct.

  • Honestly, how Fox answers the Cutler question will determine his Bears legacy more than anything

    • Big Mike

      I’m hoping that it is Cutler that has to answer the John Fox question.

  • Trac

    I’m not sure if we can learn anything from this article but it might give us a little insight of how Fox proceeds next spring.

    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2053879-denver-broncos-2014-draft-picks-results-analysis-and-grades

  • Shady

    new tread

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