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Another coaching job for John Fox? He's reportedly mulling offers for 2018

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Another coaching job for John Fox? He's reportedly mulling offers for 2018

Could former Bears' head coach John Fox be back in the NFL for the 2018 season?

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer spoke with WGN Radio's Adam Hoge on Thursday. While Glazer is not sure if Fox will coach again, he says Fox is mulling over coaching offers.

"He's gotten some offers to be senior defensive assistant, things like that," Glazer said. "I don't know if he's going to jump into the media side of it. He's kind of mulling some offers whether or not he wants to coach.

"The coaching bug is not out of him yet."

Fox, who will turn 63 on Feb. 8, has 16 years of NFL head coaching experience in a coaching career that dates back to 1978. While his head coaching record stands at a respectable 133-123, Fox's tenure with the Bears was not as successful.

From 2015-2017, Fox's Bears went a woeful 14-34, finishing fourth in the NFC North each season. The Bears finished 1-5, 2-4 and 0-6, respectively, against conference opponents in the three-year span, including an abysmal 1-5 against the rival Green Bay Packers.

Known as a defensive coach, Fox's teams have ranked in the top 10 for total yards allowed on eight occassions (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 with the Panthers, 2012 and 2014 with the Broncos, 2017 with the Bears). One would think he could bolster any coaching staff as a defensive assistant, at the very least.

While the Bears obviously made no trips to the playoffs under Fox, their defense became a true strength at the end of his tenure. If given the chance, Fox could be a solid addition to another NFL team's coaching staff for 2018 and beyond.

Under Center Podcast: Bears win as Eddy Pineiro bursts onto the NFL scene

Under Center Podcast: Bears win as Eddy Pineiro bursts onto the NFL scene

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Bears found a way to win on the road in Denver thanks to a wild final minute of the game.

Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and host Laurence Holmes break down the victory and debate whether the Bears can be a legitimate Super Bowl contender playing like this. Are the Bears making any progress on offense and what are opposing defenses doing to limit Mitchell Trubisky? Plus, a look ahead to Week 3 against Washington and what the guys want to see the Bears do to get going in the right direction.

0:38 – “The Eddy Pineiro Game”

2:40 – Bears deserve credit for finding Pineiro

8:13 – Is the Bears offense making progress?

10:19 – What are offenses doing to Trubisky?

15:25 – Can the Bears be contenders playing like this?

18:12 – What’s going on in the Bears backfield?

21:40 – Expectations vs Washington next week

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Under Center Podcast

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Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler was a bad QB who lacked leadership

Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler was a bad QB who lacked leadership

On a morning when Bears fans are balancing excitement about a Week 2 win over the Broncos with concerns for starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, former Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall appeared on ESPN's First Take and blasted Chicago's previous swing at a franchise passer.

Jay Cutler, who played eight seasons with the Bears and finished his tenure with the team as the franchise record holder in almost every major passing category, ended his time in Chicago with a 51-51 record. He never quite became the franchise savior he was supposed to be. Marshall offered up some reasons why.

"I had to be the company guy with Jay Cutler," Marshall said in response to Stephen A. Smith. "Now I can talk real, Jay Cutler was bad."

Not exactly what Bears fans expected to hear on a victory Monday.

"He can make every throw, he's one of the smartest guys I've ever been around," Marshall said. "But it comes down to this heart right here, and leadership. Galvanizing the team."

Marshall provided examples of what made Cutler frustrating, citing missed throws in practice that led to Cutler blaming his receivers. Marshall said other quarterbacks he played with, like Eli Manning and Russell Wilson, would shoulder the responsibility of similarly failed plays.

He even added that he'd run through a wall for Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom he played with during his time as a Jet. It's pretty clear he wouldn't do that for Cutler.

Marshall's characterization of Cutler shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The shoulder-shrugging gunslinger was hardly ever praised for his passion or leadership skills, and that's probably why he never reached his fullest potential as an NFL quarterback.

It'll be interesting to see if Cutler replies to Marshall's comments. It's more likely, however, that he just won't care.

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