The Chicago Bears will be interviewing John Fox for their head coaching position on Wednesday, and with how quickly they’re maneuvering to get him into Halas Hall for a conversation, it’s pretty clear that they are very interested in bringing him into the fold.
With that in mind, we have three questions that we would guess that G.M. Ryan Pace and team consultant Ernie Accorsi will have for Fox as he discusses a potential move to the Windy City.
"You are a coach that has done the rebuilding thing before with the Carolina Panthers, but more recently you took on a much more complete Denver Broncos team. If we decide to go the rebuild route, are you going to have the patience to work through the process?”
It’s a question that Fox is going to be asked at some point. He is in his 60’s, has coached in the NFL for a long time, and has some really well-established ideas for how things should operate. He isn’t a coach that is going to be okay with tanking and trying to get good draft picks next season. He is going to want to win.
Is that going to be a fit for the Bears? Is this interview an indicator that Pace is thinking of rebuilding the team on the fly? That is going to be a big key in the interview, and this decision could indicate which direction the Bears are leaning in terms of their long-term plans.
"The defense on this team is, frankly, a disaster. There are salvageable pieces, but for the most part this is going to be a huge overturn offseason for this group. How would you go about returning this thing to its typical stature as one of the league’s best defenses?"
The Bears’ defense was neglected in pursuit of offensive talent under Marc Trestman and Phil Emery, and it has suffered greatly. They have a ton of aging veterans who are past their prime, and most of the young guys on the team haven’t lived up to their potential. We’re interested in knowing what Fox’s plans would be not only for veterans like Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, but also for young guys like Kyle Fuller, Brock Vereen, and Jon Bostic.
"The offense probably isn’t going to be messed with much, outside of minor variations. Who do you have in mind as a potential coordinator to bring these current pieces together and get better results out of them?"
The Bears are going to be so focused on the defensive side of the ball that the offense is going to have to be contorted into usable shape. Jay Cutler is likely going to be the quarterback unless something drastic happens, so what kind of mind does Fox have in mind to come in and work with these players? Could it be Adam Gase (assuming he doesn’t land a head coaching job)? Could it be someone like Tony Sparano if he doesn’t get the interim tag removed as head coach in Oakland?
These are important things to consider if they’re bringing in a coach like Fox to deal with this challenge.