Denver Broncos head coach John Fox
August 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox instructs against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reuters

Just days after agreeing to part ways with the Denver Broncos, John Fox is returning to the sidelines as head coach of the Chicago Bears, which was expected to hire a veteran mentor after firing Marc Trestman late last December. Chris Mortensen of ESPN was one of the first reporters to post the development on social media Twitter. The deal is reportedly for four years with the exact salary undisclosed.

John Fox is now in negotiations to become next coach of Chicago Bears. Not done but close, @AdamSchefter & @FieldYates also reporting.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2015

The Bears official Twitter account also confirmed the deal.

Full story on #Bears hiring John Fox as head coach. Link: — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 16, 2015

New #Bears coach John Fox born Feb. 8, 1955; new Cubs mgr. Joe Maddon born Feb. 8, 1954. Super Bowl L will be played Feb. 7, 2016.

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 16, 2015

The disappointing playoff exit, wherein the Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round playoffs, cost the 59 year old Fox his job at Denver. Fox and the Broncos had success since 2011 making the playoffs four times in the last four seasons. While they won the AFC West four straight years they also missed a Super Bowl title with early playoff exits. Fox, who also coached the Carolina Panthers from 2002 to 2010 in a previous stint, has led his teams to the Super Bowl but always came up short. Fox is one of six coaches in NFL history to bring his teams to the championship game.

Fox, who will be joining first year general manager Ryan Pace who replaced Phil Emery, will be moving from handling veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to underperforming QB Jay Cutler. The Bears ranked 15th overall in passing yards, 237.0, 27th in rushing yards, 90.1, 30th in passing defence, 264.4 opponents’ passing yards and 17th in rushing defence, 112.7 opponents’ rushing yards. The Bears missed the playoffs after going 5-11 in the regular season losing their final five outings in the . Fox will now aim to bring back Chicago in the postseason after missing it since 2010.

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