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2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook

COACHES The Panthers went 12-4 in 2008 behind the NFL’s 10th-ranked offense (349.7 ypg.) and seventh ranked scoring offense (25.9 ppg). Williams finished with a franchise-record 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns to earn his first Pro Bowl selection. Williams teamed with Stewart to lead a rushing attack that averaged 152.3 yards per game and 30 rushing touchdowns - only the fifth time since the 1970 NFL a team has average 150-plus rushing yards per game with 30 rushing touchdowns in a season. In 2007, the Panthers became the first team in more than a decade to win at least one game with four different starting quarterbacks (David Carr, Delhomme, Matt Moore and Vinny Testaverde) finishing with a 7-9 record after losing Delhomme in the third game with a season-ending elbow injury. Fox came to Carolina from the New York Giants where he spent five seasons (1997-2001) as the franchise’s defensive coordinator. During those five seasons, the Giants ranked third in the NFL in sacks (230), fourth in rushing defense (96.5 ypg) and turnover differential (+25), seventh in scoring defense (18.7 ppg) and eighth in opponent passer rating (73.4). In 2001, under Fox’s guidance, Michael Strahan set an NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks. Strahan earned his first four Pro Bowl selections under Fox while linebacker Jessie Armstead made all five of his career Pro Bowls with Fox as his defensive coordinator. The Giants made the playoffs twice in Fox’s five seasons as defensive coordinator, including a trip to Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season. In the 2000 NFC Championship Game, Fox helped lead the Giants to a 41-0 shutout of the Minnesota Vikings, who were the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the league during the regular season. Fox spent the 1996 season as a consultant for the St. Louis Rams after two years as the Raiders defensive coordinator (1994-95). The Raiders were eighth in the NFL in total defense (314.0 ypg) and tied for 12th in scoring defense (20.6 ppg) in Fox’s two seasons as defensive coordinator. Oakland defensive tackle Chester McGlockton and cornerback Terry McDaniel garnered Pro Bowl honors in both seasons under Fox. Before becoming an NFL defensive coordinator, Fox was a secondary coach for the San Diego Chargers (1992- 93) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-91). In Fox’s two seasons with the Chargers, under head coach Bobby Ross, San Diego’s defense was second in the NFL in interceptions (47) and seventh in opponent passer rating (70.4). Fox mentored Pro Bowl cornerback Gill Byrd and safety Darren Carrington, whose 13 interceptions over the 1992-93 seasons were third most in the NFL. In Fox’s first year with San Diego, the Chargers won the AFC West with an 11-5 mark, a year after finishing last place in the division at 4-12. During his time in Pittsburgh, working under Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Noll, Fox helped the Steelers defense rank tied for fourth in the NFL with 64 interceptions and fifth in the league in opponent passer rating (69.2). In 1991, under Fox’s tutelage, defensive back Rod Woodson earned his first of his 10 Pro Bowl selections en route to his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement in 2009. Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Fox spent 10 years as a collegiate coach and one season in the USFL. He got his coaching start at his alma mater, San Diego State, in 1978 as a graduate assistant. He moved on to work as a defensive backs/secondary coach at U.S. International (1979) under Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman. Fox also had collegiate coaching stints at Boise State (1980), Long Beach State (1981), Utah (1982), Kansas (1983) and Iowa State (1984) before working on the coaching staff of the USFL’s Los Angeles Express in 1985. Fox rejoined the collegiate coaching ranks in 1986 as a defensive coordinator/secondary coach at the University of Pittsburgh, a title he held for three seasons. While with the Panthers, Fox oversaw a pass defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally all three years (1986-88). A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Fox spent his teen years in the San Diego area and attended Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, Calif. He played defensive back at Southwestern Junior College in Chula Vista (1974-75) before transferring to San Diego State to finish his collegiate career. While at SDSU, he was defensive teammates with former NFL head coach Herm Edwards in 1976. Fox graduated from San Diego State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a secondary education teaching credential. The son of Ron Fox, who was a U.S. Navy SEAL, John and his wife, Robin, have three sons: Matthew, Mark and Cody, and a daughter, Halle. 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K 19


2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook
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