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Postby jackky » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:28 am

The Bears' new head coach, same as the old head coach.Chicago's extensivesearch ended quickthis weekwhen itrushed to hireJohn Fox soon after he mutually parted ways withDenver. On paper, the Bearswent the recycled route to replace Marc Trestman, but in reality they just took two years to replace Lovie Smith with somebodyjust like him.MORE: Did Bears take Lovie for granted? | Jay Cutler trade options for Chicago Fox was let go by the Broncos because he couldn't meet high expectationswhen given a major quarterback upgrade. The Bears moved on from Smith because of,well, the exact same thing. Kansas City Chiefs NFL Jersey Smith went a solid 81-63(.563) throughnine yearsin Chicago,with three playoff trips, three playoffwins and a conference championship. Fox is 119-89 (.573)over 13 years in both Carolina and Denver, with sevenplayoff trips, eight playoff wins and two conference championships.But before getting Peyton Manning the lastthree years, Fox was amore Smith-like 4-of-10 in getting his teams to the postseason. There's not much difference in their resumes otherwise, if you consider Smith's2-14 record this year withthe Buccaneers as his outlier. Fox had one of those, too, in 2010, his last year with the Panthers.Fox is defensive-minded, falling from the tree of one legend, Chuck Noll. Kenny Cook Jersey Smith's defensive acumen came from working under another, Tony Dungy, who played for Noll.Beyond all numerical and philosophical comparisons, Fox comes with the same feel of Smith. It sounds good, Chris Conley Jersey but it has the backdrop of inconsistency and big-picture disappointment that they still won't get to the point to bequitegood enough to trump Mike McCarthy and the Packers.Fox's hiring came with a new general manager, Ryan Pace. But it was an admi sion that they made amistake with the old regime, whichcateredtoo much to quarterback Jay Cutler when it broughtin Trestman. While they went to great lengths to fix their mercurial pa ser and offense asa whole, the Bearsfailed more with the bigger i sue of needing to rebuild the defense.They didn't stop the run in 2013and struggled more against the pa s in 2014. In contrast, in hindsight, Smith's signature Brandon Flowers Jersey Tampa 2, takeaway-oriented defense looked pretty good.So here comes Fox ...not Mike Shanahan or Adam Gase or someone else charged with getting the offense, whether it's still quarterbacked byCutleror someone else,back on track.Fox, with the right coordinator and personnel (which he tends to get), can fix the defense and get them past dysfunction into functional.But wait, wasn't that whatSmith was able to do in Chicago, with more thanmoderate succe s? Yes it is.In that sense, Fox is a good hire for the Bears,but that also reminds us that Smithwas a bad fire.
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