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Bears hire John Fox as head coach

During his introductory press conference last Friday, new Bears general manager Ryan Pace said he was seeking a head coach who possessed confidence, charisma, discipline and leadership.

Exactly one week later, the Bears filled the all-important position with a man who boasts all of those attributes, agreeing with John Fox Friday to become the 15th head coach in franchise history.

Fox, who will turn 60 in February, has compiled a 119-89 record in 13 NFL seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers (2002-10) and Denver Broncos (2011-14), making seven playoff appearances, winning six division titles and reaching two Super Bowls.

ChicagoBears.com takes a look at new Bears Head Coach John Fox.

Fox is one of six coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl and he has amassed an 8-7 record in the playoffs with three appearances in conference championship games. 

Fox mutually agreed to part ways with the Broncos Monday, one day after a 24-13 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Taking over a Denver team that finished in last place with a 4-12 record in 2010, Fox led the Broncos to AFC West titles in all four of his seasons as coach, posting an impressive 46-18 record.

That mark is the third best in the NFL since 2011, and the Broncos are one of only three NFL teams to win four division titles during that span, joining the Packers and Patriots. Denver had at least 12 wins in each of the last three seasons, finishing 13-3 in 2012 and 2013 and 12-4 in 2014.

Fox helped the Broncos adapt to play to their offensive strengths over his four seasons, with Denver ranking first in the NFL in rushing offense in 2011 before finishing in the top five each of the next three seasons in passing offense. In 2013, the Broncos set an NFL single-season record with 606 points and their 7,317 net yards that season are second most in league history.

In his first stint as an NFL head coach, Fox guided an even more dramatic turnaround. Inheriting a team that went 1-15 in 2001, he led the Panthers to a 7-9 record in 2002 before guiding them to an 11-5 mark and the Super Bowl the following season, losing to the Patriots 32-29.

The Panthers went 5-3 in the postseason under Fox, winning four road playoff games, appearing in two NFC Championship contests and making the franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl.

Fox began his NFL career as defensive backs coach on Chuck Noll's staff with the Steelers from 1989-91. After serving in the same role with the Chargers (1992-93), Fox worked as defensive coordinator with the Raiders (1994-95), a personnel consultant with the Rams (1996) and defensive coordinator with the Giants (1997-2001).

In Chicago, Fox replaces Marc Trestman, who was fired Dec. 29 after a Bears team that entered the 2014 season with high expectations stumbled to a 5-11 record and a last-place finish in the NFC North.

Fox was one of six candidates to interview for the head-coaching job. The others were former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (who has since been hired as Jets head coach), Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, former Bills coach Doug Marrone and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The Bears will hold a press conference to introduce Fox as their head coach at 11 a.m. Monday at Halas Hall. Fans can watch a live stream of the press conference on ChicagoBears.com.

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