The Chicago Bears have fired coach John Fox after a third consecutive year of double-digit losses and last-place finishes. That after Gase coaxed perhaps Jay Cutler's finest campaign in Fox's first season, when the Bears improved from 5-11 to 6-10 in 2015 - the high point of the regime.
Fox was brought in to orchestrate a rebuild in Chicago, but a 5-11 season in Year 3 was not the progress the Bears were hoping to see.
Fox's greatest accomplishment no doubt was the improvement of the Bears defense, which finished 10th in the National Football League in total yards this year after ranking 30th in each of Trestman's two seasons as head coach in 2013-14. It was something hard to anticipate upon his arrival in Chicago, a hiring that seemed to be the ideal fit at the time.
The plan to roll with Glennon as the 16-game starter was aborted after four games, and Trubisky's development has been uneven, magnifying the need for an experienced offensive staff adept at grooming the young potential franchise quarterback.
The Bears haven't had a winning season since 2012.
It became immediately apparent Pace and Fox were operating on different timelines - Pace seemingly with the luxury of drafting developmental players, with Fox in must-win mode and requiring immediate draft reinforcements to bolster a 3-13 roster.
The three years of Fox were largely defined by failures in close games, as the Bears were 9-19 in one-score contests during that span. The team was fresh off the bye week and facing a depleted Packers team missing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. When Fox asked officials to check whether Benny Cunningham's dive at the pylon was a touchdown, they ruled instead he'd fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone.
A loss to Green Bay following a bye really turned up the heat.
The move by the Bears is not a surprise, considering the teams inability to get any winning momentum started under Fox, who came to Chicago after being let go by the Broncos following an early exit from the 2014 NFL Playoffs. He finished 14-34 in three seasons. Soon, Pace will emerge from the front office, stand before the media and take a measured tone as he, too, accepts blame for what has gone wrong. Fox replaced Gase with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
Fox often said he liked to under-promise and over-deliver on results.
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