3) Vic Fangio
Okay, this one is entirely John Fox’s fault. However, keeping Vic Fangio in the Windy City has to be a top priority for the Bears. A 3-9 start to the season has covered up the amazing job that Vic Fangio has done on defense. Chicago currently ranks 7th in total defense and in sacks. Chicago’s offense collapsed with the loss of Cutler and Jeffery, but the defense continues to make plays no matter who’s in. The Bears are almost pulling people off the streets to fill in at cornerback and linebacker, but it still hasn’t brought down the defense.
Great coaching in the NFL doesn’t go unnoticed. Fangio’s ability as a defensive coordinator could even earn him a head coaching gig next year. If the Bears want to retain Fangio, they will likely have to promote him. Doing so would send Fox packing, but is that exactly a bad thing?
Fox’s biggest draw as a head coach is his ability to lead a defense. However, Fangio has risen as Chicago’s champion on defense. The Bears must ask themselves whether keeping Fox as head coach is worth letting Fangio skip town. What does Fox bring to the table that Fangio doesn’t other than experience? Fox’s vaunted experience hasn’t led to more wins, and the Bears are looking more and more desperate for a new direction. If the decision truly comes down to keeping Fox or promoting Fangio, the decision has to be promoting Fangio.