John Fox’s tenure with the Denver Broncos came to an end on Monday, but his career as an NFL head coach may not be over. It was a disappointing end to what looked like a promising marriage in Dove Valley. In the end, John Elway could not let go of the way the last three seasons ended for the Broncos, so he let go of his coach.
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Meanwhile, in Chicago the Bears struggled through an embarrassing campaign. It cost Marc Trestman his job, and cast doubt over former Broncos quarterback, Jay Cutler’s tenure in the Windy City. The Bears cleaned house, and in the whirlwind of the hiring and firing of coaches this offseason, Chicago and Fox have begun an interesting courtship.
John Fox approaches the game of football with a malaise that forces even the most agitated person to melt into a coma. It could be said that he is cool under pressure, but it appears that he simply lacks fire. That is what pushed Elway into moving in another direction at head coach, but it may also be why Fox is the best candidate for the rudderless Bears.
He is about as excitable as a geriatric vegetable.
Fox is a defensive coach that likes running the football. The City of Broad Shoulders has always been a place where that style of football is appreciated. Think Butkus and Sayers, the ’85 Bears and Mike Ditka. Quarterbacks have always been an afterthought.
The Bears are locked into a quarterback, and it is important that the next head coach be someone who can work with the quarterback they have. John Fox has proved in his time as a head coach that he can adjust to the quarterback that is handed to him. He won eight games with Tim Tebow, and went to a Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme under center.
Bear Goggles On
Fox is not Bill Belichick, with his one line, monotone, answers. He does not set out to bore the media. He is, however, about as excitable as a geriatric vegetable. For the Bears, it may be necessary to have a game manager for a head coach, and Fox is just that. He never hits the field with fiery determination. He always walks out with calmness.
On a team that needs some calming influences, Fox could be the best fit. Bears fans are probably very nervous about any decision that is made in regards to the head coach. Before hiring Marc Trestman two years ago, they had Bruce Arians in the building, and were doing mock media sessions with him. It looked like he was the guy, and then Trestman got the job. Arians moved on to Arizona, and Bears fans can’t let that go.
Other familiar names to the Broncos that might make sense in Chicago include Mike Shanahan, which would be a reunion with him and Cutler, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Shanahan or Fox would bring stability to the Bears franchise. Bronco fans are happy to be moving on.