The Chicago Bears limped to a 3-13 season in 2016 following a 6-10 2015, so when NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison ranks Fox as the 12th highest ranked coach in the NFL it should surprise nobody that eyebrows in Chicago rise.
Here’s what Harrison says about Fox: “While the last couple of years have not been kind to Fox, it would be awfully difficult to rate him lower at this point. Fox has coached two vastly different football teams in the Super Bowl -- the quarterback-centric 2013 Broncos and the run-first, play-defense 2003 Panthers. Neither squad won it all, but Fox went to the playoffs seven times while running those teams. Reaching the promised land with the Bears is a taller task, but Fox has a few pieces in running back Jordan Howard and a budding defense. We'll see.”
Harrison seems to be very fond of the NFC North, ranking Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy at number 3 and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer at number 10. Rounding out the division is Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell slots in at number 19.
As Harrison pointed out, Fox had taken two different teams to the Super Bowl... Carolina in the NFC and Denver in the AFC. In Denver Fox was 46-18 in the regular season, while in his nine years at Carolina Fox went 76-71 (his last season there, 2010, was his worst in the league at 2-14).
Following two down seasons in Chicago, do you think John Fox should be ranked 12th in an NFL Power Ranking poll?
Is 12th the right spot for John Fox in a Power Ranking of NFL coaches?
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It’s too low
It’s about right
It’s too high