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Bears: Could Jeff Fisher Replace John Fox?

Head coach John Fox is on the hot seat. There is no question about it. Many expected the Chicago Bears to improve on their 6-10 campaign in 2015 last season, but that didn’t happen. The team regressed and went 3-13. Not everything was Fox’s fault. After all, he didn’t have the most talented roster to work with.

Still, the NFL is a results-based league and under coach Fox, the results haven’t been good for the Bears.

There have even been rumors that general manager Ryan Pace didn’t want to hire Fox. Bears ownership wanted Fox because had playoff and Super Bowl experience.

Fox and Pace have always seemed to have a weird relationship. Several reports say that Fox didn’t know Pace was going to draft Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace kept the plan to move up to select the North Carolina quarterback to himself until hours before the draft.

That’s crazy and also supports the rumors that Fox isn’t Pace’s guy. Head coaches and general managers have to be on the same page. If there not, it is very difficult to have success on and off the field. Fox not having any say in who the franchise selects with a high draft pick leads us to believe that he won’t be around much longer.

And now it’s reasonable to wonder whether Fox will be in that future if he wasn’t involved in the decision to draft Trubisky at all.

There have already been rumors on potential replacements for Fox. Some of the big names include Bob Stoops, Jim Harbaugh, and Sean Payton.

Recently, another name has been thrown into the mix.

In June, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller threw out the idea that the Bears could be interested in Jeff Fisher if the team decided to part ways with Fox.

Fisher played for the Bears and spent one season there as a coaching assistant in 1985. It’s too soon to say Fox is done after only two seasons on the job, but if he’s out, these are two names I expect to be linked to that job. 

This past week, Miller floated the idea out there again.

Fisher had this to say about coming back and coaching in the NFL.

“I want to get back on the sideline,” Fisher says. “Not going to happen this year, obviously. We’ll just see what happens.”

Yea, the guy wants to coach again, but the question then becomes should he get another chance? That’s where things get kind of messy.

The NFL has a history of rehiring former head coaches. Teams would rather have a coach who has experience in the NFL over coaches who do not. Fisher did take the Tennesse Titans to the Super Bowl. On the other side of that, he hasn’t had a winning season since 2008.

With the Rams, Fisher went 31-45-1 in a little less than fives years. He never made the playoffs during his time in St. Louis/Los Angeles. Fisher, historically, has been a .500 coach. Not bad, but not great either.

The soon to be 60-year-old has ties to the Bears. He was a coaching assistant in Chicago in 1985, the last time the Bears won the Super Bowl. If the Bears fire Fox, they should have some interesting options to chose from. There is no doubt Fisher will be one of them. The problem is I don’t believe he would be the right guy for the job.

There have been some complaints that John Fox is getting too old to coach in the NFL. He is 62….Fisher is just two years younger at 60. So, there wouldn’t be any difference really in terms of age. Both Fisher and Fox are older guys, who have run franchises before.

In 22-years, Fisher has made the playoffs just six times. That’s not something the Bears can afford to overlook. They themselves haven’t been to the playoffs in over six seasons. Why would the Bears think that would change if Fisher came to Chicago? News flash: it wouldn’t. Also, in terms of experience, Fox would get the upper hand over Fisher.

If the Bears moved on from Fox the whole point would be to improve at the head coach position. They would not be doing that by firing Fisher. The Bears front office has been interesting, to say the least over the last five seasons, so Fisher being considered for the job wouldn’t be the most surprising thing in the world.

Ultimately, the Bears would come to their senses and realize that Fisher wouldn’t be a better option than Fox as head coach. Yes, anything can happen in the craziness that is the NFL. Hopefully, the front office realizes that firing Fox and then replacing him with Fisher would not only cause a huge fall out from the Bears fan base but set up the organization for failure yet again.

Let’s just say there is a lot better chance of Fox staying on as the head coach of the Chicago Bears past 2017 than the organization hiring Jeff Fisher to replace him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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