Monday January 19th, 2015

The Chicago Bears introduced John Fox as their new head coach at a press conference on Monday. 

Bears general manager Ryan Pace started the conference by calling Fox a "proven winner" and said that when Fox became available, "the game changed" with Chicago's coaching search. Fox and the Denver Broncos mutually parted ways last week.

Fox has not spoken to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler yet, but said Cutler sent him a congratulatory text welcoming him to Chicago when he took the job. 

"I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox said.

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Fox said he will also reach out to former Bears coach Mike Ditka and former Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, and will "make things right" with Urlacher. 

"I'm going to reach out to Mike Ditka. He understands Chicago at this point way better than I do," Fox said.

Fox, who hired Broncos special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers on Monday for the same position with the Bears, said he has not dug into Chicago's roster yet and has been focusing his energy on hiring a staff.

"We will hire an outstanding offensive coordinator," he said. "We're not going to predict how he does. We're just going to go do it."

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Asked how close the Bears are to winning a Super Bowl, Fox said the team has made some "pretty good jumps" in the past, and said he can't predict how quick it will happen but believes it will. 

"I won't make any promises other than I'll give you what I got," he said. "That [Super Bowl] trophy [at Halas Hall] looks kind of lonely in that hallway."

- Molly Geary

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