One of a select few who have led multiple teams to Superbowl appearances, John Fox joins a Bears team that is on a four-year playoff drought.
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The Chicago Bears introduced John Fox as the new head coach of the franchise at an introductory press conference on Monday.
Fox takes over a Chicago Bears team that suffered its first losing season since 2009 and worst record since 2004 under former head coach Marc Trestman, who was fired at the end of the 2014 regular season. GM Phil Emery was also fired and replaced by New Orleans Saints executive Ryan Pace.
At the press conference Fox said he was not sure if he would be retaining any members of the Bears coaching staff who are still under contract and has also been in contact with embattled QB Jay Cutler:
#Bears coach John Fox at his presser said Jay Cutler texted him to welcome to Chicago. But doesn’t make any proclamations about his future.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2015
Fox added that he is looking forward to the challenge of restoring the Bears to a playoff contender and brushed off speculation that his age would play a factor in a potentially short tenure with the team. As for Jay Cutler’s status with the team, Fox remained non-committal on keeping him on the roster
John Fox on attributes he looks for in a QB: “One that wins.” #ChiBearsLive
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 19, 2015
Cutler has only one winning season and one playoff win with the Bears since joining the team in 2009. He is scheduled to have the highest salary in the NFL in 2015 if he remains under contract through the start of the 2015 season.