Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Broncos Coach Fox Heads to Bears

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Broncos Coach Fox Heads to Bears

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Fox isn't out of work long; Bears hire him as coach

John Fox has a reputation for turning around NFL teams. The Bears are counting on him to do just that. Fox was hired as Chicago's coach Friday, four days after he and the Denver Broncos parted ways.

He had been seen as a likely candidate to replace the fired Marc Trestman once he left the Broncos on Monday, given his record and his ties to Bears consultant Ernie Accorsi and new general manager Ryan Pace. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1997-2001, when Accorsi was the GM. Current Saints coach Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator for part of that time and is tight with Pace, who was hired out of New Orleans' front office.

Fox has a 119-89 regular-season record in 13 years with Carolina (2002-10) and Denver (2011-14), with six division titles and seven playoff appearances. He is one of six coaches to lead two franchises to Super Bowl appearances, joining Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren.

"I would say he's an easy-going guy, but he's still old-school football," Bears linebacker D.J. Williams, who played for Fox in Denver, told Chicago radio station WMVP-AM. "It's very hard to find a blend of that, somebody who's like real hard-nosed, but laid back at the same time."

Fox comes to Chicago with a reputation for overseeing turnarounds, and he will try to do just that after the Bears went 5- 11 and missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.

Fox took over a team in Denver that went 4-12 the previous year and led it to the AFC West title all four years, with Tim Tebow at quarterback the first season and Peyton Manning the next three.

Carolina went 1-15 in 2001, the year before Fox arrived. In his second season, the Panthers went to the Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme at quarterback.

Broncos interested in Kubiak * Gary Kubiak turned down other head- coaching interviews because he said he wanted to remain the Ravens' offensive coordinator. However, the chance to be the head coach of the Broncos apparently is too enticing for him to pass up.

Kubiak will interview for the Broncos' head-coaching job Sunday, multiple sources confirmed to The Baltimore Sun. …

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