clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Bears Den: January 20, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Fox brings history, humility - Barry Rozner: John Fox arrives at a good time for the Bears. There is a huge mess to clean up and Fox has a history of waste management. He's done it before and there's no reason to think he can't do it again.

Fox brings rare experience, confidence into Bears head coaching job - Brad Biggs: George McCaskey and Ryan Pace were able to lean back and smile as Fox handled questions with ease, knowing they had a man with a track record in the job. That made it a totally different feeling than any other introduction of a Bears head coach in recent history.

Follow WCG on Twitter; like us on Facebook (& click on 'Follow').  Mr & Mrs Fox in hi-res.

Chicago Bears introduce new head coach John Fox

Fox introduced as Bears head coach - Larry Mayer: Fresh off four straight division titles with the Broncos, John Fox displayed confidence and excitement Monday when he was introduced as the 15th head coach in Bears history.

Fox, Pace make a quick connection - Mini-Larry: Ryan Pace and the rest of the team's front office believe they have found the right man for the head-coaching job in John Fox.  Chris EmmaRyan Pace ran the hiring, says George McCaskey.

John Fox introduced as Bears head coach - Michael C. Wright: Ryan Pace called the sudden availability of John Fox a game-changer in the club's coaching search.  Patrick Finley: New coach got Virginia's blessing.

An oral history of how Fox went from Denver to the Bears - Not-Hub Arnold: Each of the principal players described the past seven days as a whirlwind, culminating with 59-year-old John Fox being officially unveiled at Halas Hall.  Not-Hub Arkush: Fox on Jay Cutler, assembling a staff, and Denver departure.

Bears cite Fox's 'great energy' in dismissing age concerns - Fred Mitchell: George Halas was 68 when he coached the Bears to the 1963 NFL championship, so his grandson is not concerned about soon-to-be-60 John Fox.

John Fox: ‘Not afraid or intimidated’ - (CBS): After two years of leadership under the timid and recently fired Marc Trestman, the Bears organization found out Monday that there will be a new attitude permeating Halas Hall.

Bears laud Pace for hiring John Fox - Larry Mayer: In landing a proven winner in veteran head coach John Fox, the Bears feel that Ryan Pace hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the team.

Photos - followed head coach John Fox during his first day at Halas Hall.  More from the Daily Herald.

Fox unclear about Bears' plan for Jay Cutler - Adam L. Jahns: Fox and Pace will learn that Cutler is not the miscreant some make him out to be. He’s not the Bears’ No. 1 problem in the locker room, and handled his benching and the Aaron Kromer fiasco in a professional manner.  Moon Mullin: Fox has fixed QBs in the past.

Next up for John Fox, Ryan Pace: Hiring coordinators - Rich Campbell: Given Fox's track record, it would not be surprising for him to hire a relatively inexperienced coordinator on either side of the ball.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Who will be the Bears' defensive coordinator?

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Who could take over as Bears offensive coordinator?

Jeff Rodgers to coach special teams - Larry Mayer: The Bears have reached an agreement with former Broncos and Panthers STs coach Jeff Rodgers to become their special teams coordinator.   Michael C. Wright: Will reunite with Fox.

Fox to meet Urlacher, Ditka - Jeff Dickerson: John Fox said Monday that the organization plans to make things right with Brian Urlacher, also plans to touch base with Mike Ditka.

Further reaction to John Fox

Fox exudes confidence in first appearance - Jeff Dickerson: John Fox exudes confidence in first appearance as head coach of the Bears, as his is a proven track record.

Fox embraces Bears history, challenge of turning team around - Dan Wiederer: There seemed to be a refreshed feeling on Monday at Halas Hall, and a belief that a needed jolt of energy and direction had been found.

From disappointment to optimism at Halas Hall - Dan Durkin: For fans, it’s exciting to think about the direction the Bears are pointed now, compared to where they were just three weeks ago. This entire process had a completely different feel to it. It was so unlike the Bears.  Pace already making his bosses proud.

From Black Monday to bright Monday to future Bears Sunday - Chris Boden: Green Bay remains the roadblock to success, and how - and how quickly - Fox finds impact players in his area of specialty remains the biggest task ahead.

Fox confident his straight talk will help Bears - Bob LeGere: Head coach arrives with a reputation for knowing how to handle the various personalities and egos that are part of every NFL lockerroom.

Fox looks, sounds part of football coach, makes strong impression - David Haugh: Fox doesn't have to win a Super Bowl to make his tenure successful, but he must put the Bears back in position to compete for one.

Fox hits all the right tough-guy notes for bruised Bears fans - Rick Morrissey: Fox did not set out Monday to invalidate Marc Trestman’s approach to coaching, but a man on a walk doesn’t set out to squish a bug either.

Fox undoubtedly is the right guy for the Bears - Chris Emma: Fox is a leader who will take charge of Chicago’s collection of selfish egos. He’d throw the blame at Brandon Marshall for running the wrong route if it’s deserved and he would never let a Lance Briggs miss practice.

John Fox fits Da Bears - Is-Hub Arkush: It was clear that the new head coach is the kind of guy you’d love to hang out with at the corner tavern and knock a few back; gals and guys invited.  Moon Mullin: First impressions.

John Fox: Honest, direct, straight - Steve Rosenbloom: One of the most Fox-like moments came when he didn’t go full meatball about the so-called rich tradition of the franchise that has been more poverty-stricken of late.

Bears getting a proven winner in John Fox - Jon Greenberg: Fox is an old-guard coach who represents a welcome change from the Bears' tradition of hiring on the cheap.

Reviewing John Fox's news conference: 3/4 stars - Ed Sherman: John Fox isn’t Joe Maddon, but he also won’t be dull like Lovie Smith or Marc Trestman when it comes to dealing with the media. Soundbites.


Martellus Bennett to play in Pro Bowl - Larry Mayer: Martellus Bennett was added to the Pro Bowl Monday as a replacement for Rob Gronkowski, who’s unable to play because the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl. Photos.

Bears need to say 'Jay isn't our quarterback' - Mike Imrem: Bears mustn't let the money left on Cutler's contract and the lack of a better option stop them. [Den needs to say "Mike Imrem isn't a sports writer." ... polar bear too overwhelmed by the stupid to facepalm]

Thirty years later, Real Sports visits iconic '85 Bears - David Just: HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will take a look at the iconic 1985 Chicago Bears in an episode of the show that airs Tuesday night.


Ditka - [Audio] Da Coach weighs in on the Patriots' win over the Colts, the onside kick during Packers-Seahawks, Green Bay's play calling and the Bears' hiring of John Fox.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Ditka talks 1985 Bears and painkillers in HBO story.

Check WCGer Sackman's selection of Bears-themed tops here, or some t-shirt designs here.

Polish sausage

Underclassmen and the Draft - Tony Villiotti: Following Monday's announcement of those declaring for the Draft, a look at the numbers.

Top five 2015 NFL Draft prospects by position - Bucky Brooks: Coaches and scouts are starting to project which players are the best fits for their respective squads.

Key NFL prospects to watch at the Senior Bowl - Matt Brown: 10 of the most intriguing names from the list of coveted prospects who begin practice in Mobile on Tuesday.  Dane Brugler: 10 defensive prospects to watchDaniel Jeremiah: Top 50 NFL draft prospect rankings.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Dominic Raiola leaves a complex legacy with the Lions.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jason B. Hirschhorn: Mike McCarthy coached the worst game of his career ... Dan Hanzus: Eight plays that doomed the Packers ... Kenneth Arthur: GB too conservative in the fourth quarter.

Why Dave Toub deserves a head coaching job - Jeff Fedotin: While his ascendance to that position seems very unlikely this year, the Chiefs' STs coordinator has unique football mind.