It wasn’t a surprise when the ax fell on John Fox following another dismal performance in a season-ending loss to the Vikings. It was a bit surprising that the club extended the contract of GM Ryan Pace, though. The Bears did have a two-win improvement from the previous season, winning five games this year. But with a record of 14-34 and three double-digit loss campaigns, Fox was let go.
And the search begins for a new head coach that can hopefully transform the Bears’ moribund offense. Given what Sean McVay has done with the Rams, the team is searching for a coach that has an offensive background. It’s been reported that the Bears have requested interviews with Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur and John DeFilippo, all of whom have worked on the offensive side of the football. McDaniels is the most well-known of the group having won five Super Bowl titles with the Patriots.
Whoever accepts the job will have some tools in the box. The Bears turned the offense over to rookie Mitchell Trubisky early in the year and he showed he can play despite still being green. With the proper coaching and a few playmakers added to the mix, there’s no reason why the Bears shouldn’t improve on their woeful 2017 numbers. The Bears finished last in the league with just over 175 passing yards per game, ranked 30th in total yards and scored just 16.5 points per game. There is nowhere to go but up.
Week 1: Bears vs. Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 2: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 3: Bears vs. Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET — CBS
Week 4: Bears at Packers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:25 p.m. ET — CBS/NFL Network
Week 5: Bears vs. Vikings, Monday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
Week 6: Bears at Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 7: Bears vs. Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 8: Bears at Saints, Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Bears vs. Packers, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 11: Bears vs. Lions, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 12: Bears at Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 13: Bears vs. 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 14: Bears at Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 15: Bears at Lions, Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. ET — NFL Network
Week 16: Bears vs. Browns, Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 17: Bears at Vikings Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
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