Ian Rapoport, citing people who know Bears HC John Fox well, reports that he and his coaching staff will have the opportunity to return for his third season with the team.
Rapoport mentions that the Bears have been competitive in games against playoff teams including the Giants, Lions and Packers and have done so with their fourth quarterback of the year in Matt Barkley.
Beyond that, the Bears have a staggering 19 players on injured reserve this season, so they’ve been forced to make due without several starters.
Rapoport says that the culture in Chicago is a positive one and they feel like the team has a bright future, especially considering the improvement of their young players.
Even so, Rapoport doesn’t rule out them making some position coach changes next year.
A report from a few weeks ago surfaced that Fox was likely to return, but Chicago could move on from DC Vic Fangio (NFLTR) next season.
Fox later downplayed the report and personally told Fangio that there’s nothing accurate about it.
Fox, 61, began his head-coaching career with the Panthers back in 2002. He had a successful stint with the Broncos but was fired after they lost in the Super Bowl. Fox has been with the Bears for two years now and led them to a record of 9-22 (29 percent) and no playoff appearances.
We’ll have more regarding potential coachings changes involving the Bears as the news is available.