017.CBYB.p1

2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook

COACHES John Fox is in his second season with the Chicago Bears after being named the 15th head coach in franchise history on January 16, 2015. Fox has 14 years of NFL head coaching experience at Carolina (2002-10), Denver (2011-14) and Chicago (2015). As an NFL head coach, Fox has a 125-99 (.558) regular season record, six division titles, six double-digit win seasons and seven playoff appearances. In the postseason, Fox has amassed an 8-7 (.533) record as a head coach with three conference championship game appearances leading to two trips to the Super Bowl (XXXVIII with Carolina in 2003 and XLVIII with Denver in 2013). He is one of six coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl appearances along with Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren. Fox ranks fourth among active NFL head coaches with 133 overall wins and his six seasons with at least 11 wins are third most among active head coaches. Under Fox’s tutelage as a head coach, coordinator and position coach, 40 players have earned a total of 75 Pro Bowl selections at 14 different positions during his coaching career. In Fox’s first year in Chicago, the Bears worked towards implementing a new culture during the 2015 season. Chicago finished the regular season with a 6-10 record while installing new systems and players on all three phases of the team. An NFL-high nine rookies started games for the Bears during the 2015 season as the team focused on building a younger core group of players. Offensively, the Bears ranked third in franchise single-season history in completion percentage (63.9) and interception percentage (2.3), fourth in gross passing yards (3,843) and third-down percentage (42.5), fifth in net passing yards (3,660) and sixth in passer rating (89.7) and total net yards (5,514). Their 21 turnovers were fewest in franchise history in a 16-game season. Kyle Long was named to Pro Bowl, the 40th player under Fox to earn the honor. Defensively, the Bears installed a 3-4 base alignment for the first time in franchise history in 2015. While the defense led the NFL with six rookies making starts, the Bears improved to 14th in the NFL in total defense (345.1 ypg) up from 30th a year prior to Fox’s arrival. The 16-spot improvement is third largest in franchise history from one year to the next and was tied for the second largest improvement in the NFL in 2015. Chicago also improved to 20th in scoring defense in 2015 (24.8 ppg) up from 31st in 2014, tied for the sixth largest franchise improvement and sixth best jump in the NFL this past season. On special teams, 75.8 percent (25-of-33) of Chicago’s kickoff returns went for 20 yards or more, sixth-highest percentage in the NFL. The kicking unit established a franchise-record 33 field goals made while the 39.0 net punting average was fourth-highest in Bears annals. Before coming to Chicago, Fox spent four seasons (2011-14) in Denver, guiding the Broncos to four division titles, joining Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams) as the only coaches in NFL history to lead their respective team to four division titles in their first four years with the franchise. Denver’s regular season record of 46-18 (.719) was thirdbest in the NFL from 2011-14 and they were one of only three teams to win four division titles during that span along with Green Bay and New England. Denver had at least 12 wins in each of the previous three seasons (13-3 in 2012 and 2013 and 12-4 in 2014). Denver’s 20-4 record against AFC West opponents during Fox’s tenure was the best divisional record in the NFL. He guided the Broncos to an undefeated record in division play in 2012 and 2014 after the franchise had just one such season in team history (1998). The Broncos ranked in the top five in total offense in each of his last three seasons with the team (fourth in 2012, first in 2013 and fourth in 2014) and in the top five in total defense in two of his final three years (second in 2012 and third in 2014). Denver also ranked in the top two in scoring offense in each of his final three seasons (second in 2012, first in 2013 and second in 2014) and fourth in scoring defense in 2012. That led the Broncos to rank in the top five in both scoring margin (second in 2012, first in 2013 and fourth in 2014) and net-yardage differential (first in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014) in each of his final three seasons in Denver. Fox helped the Broncos adapt to play to their offensive strengths over his four seasons in Denver, ranking first in the NFL in rushing offense in 2011 (164.5 yards per game), before ranking in the top five in each of the next three seasons in passing offense: fifth in 2012 (283.4 ypg), first in 2013 (340.3 ypg) and fourth in 2014 (291.3 ypg). In 2013, the Broncos set an NFL single-season record with 606 points, 5,572 gross passing yards and 5,444 net passing yards. Their 7,317 net yards that season were second most in league history. Fox oversaw 18 Pro Bowlers in Denver including seven who earned multiple Pro Bowl selections: cornerback Champ Bailey (2011-12), tackle Ryan Clady (2011-12, ’14), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (2011-12), quarterback Peyton Manning (2012-14), linebacker Von Miller (2011-12, ’14), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (2012-14) and tight end Julius Thomas (2013-14). 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K 17 JOHN FOX HEAD COACH


2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook
To see the actual publication please follow the link above