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Are a few more Bears wins enough to save coach John Fox? The numbers aren't pretty

Was the Bears victory over the Bengals on Sunday enough to save the job of head coach John Fox, who in his three seasons has ranked among the worst Bears coaches ever?

With three games left in the season, the numbers aren't pretty.

Fox came to Chicago fresh off four solid seasons with the Denver Broncos and a long run with the Carolina Panthers. But that pattern of success hasn't emerged in Chicago, and now Fox is on the hot seat.

John Fox's career as head coach

With wins and losses by game, in regular season and postseason

Carolina Panthers

9 seasons, regular season record 73-71

Regular season

Playoffs

7-9

11-5

7-9

11-5

8-8

7-9

12-4

8-8

2-14

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

.507

Regular season win percentage:

Denver Broncos

4 seasons, regular season record 46-18

8-8

13-3

13-3

12-4

2011

2012

2013

2014

.719

Regular season win percentage:

Chicago Bears

3 seasons, regular season record 13-33

6-10

3-13

3-9

2015

2016

2017

.283

Regular season win percentage:

Regular season

Playoffs

7-9

11-5

7-9

11-5

8-8

7-9

12-4

8-8

2-14

Carolina

Panthers

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

9 seasons,

regular season

record 73-71

.507

Regular season win percentage:

8-8

13-3

13-3

12-4

Denver

Broncos

2011

2012

2013

2014

4 seasons,

regular season

record 46-18

.719

Regular season win percentage:

6-10

3-13

3-9

Chicago

Bears

2015

2016

2017

3 seasons,

regular season

record 13-33

.283

Regular season win percentage:

Carolina

Panthers

Denver

Broncos

Chicago

Bears

9 seasons, regular season record 73-71

4 seasons,

regular season

record 46-18

3 seasons,

regular season

record 13-33

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

7-9

11-5

7-9

11-5

8-8

7-9

12-4

8-8

2-14

8-8

13-3

13-3

12-4

6-10

3-13

4-10

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Playoffs

W.C.

Div.

Champ.

S.B.

Regular season

win percentage:

Regular season

win percentage:

Regular season

win percentage:

.507

.719

.283

How Fox stands up versus Bears coaches

Since George Halas' last season as head coach in 1967, the Bears have had only two coaches with winning records during their time with the team: Mike Ditka and Lovie Smith. The other coaches haven't been great, a trend continued under John Fox.

There have been 50 seasons since Halas retired as head coach. Ditka coached for 10, and Smith for 8. In the remaining 32 seasons, the Bears finished with a winning record only five times.

Fox's low winning percentage as Bears head coach puts him in such company as Jim Dooley and Abe Gibron.

Fox compared to other Bears coaches

Regular season wins and losses for Bears head coaches since 1968

120

Mike Ditka

100

Lovie Smith

80

Below .500

Above .500

WINS

60

40

Jim Dooley

20

John Fox

Abe Gibron

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

120

Mike Ditka

100

Lovie Smith

80

WINS

Above .500

Below .500

60

40

Jim Dooley

20

John Fox

Abe Gibron

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

120

Mike Ditka

100

Lovie Smith

80

WINS

Above .500

Below .500

60

40

Jim Dooley

20

John Fox

Abe Gibron

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

Regular season win percentage:

Jim Dooley Seasons: 1968-1971, Reg. season record: 20-36
.357
Abe Gibron 1972-1974, 11-30-1
.268
Jack Pardee 1975-1977, 20-22
.476
Neill Armstrong 1978-1981, 30-34
.469
Mike Ditka 1982-1992, 106-62
.631
Dave Wannstedt 1993-1998, 40-56
.417
Dick Jauron 1999-2003, 35-45
.438
Lovie Smith 2004-2012, 81-63
.563
Marc Trestman 2013-2014, 13-19
.406
John Fox 2015-2017, 13-33
.283

How Fox compares to the rest of the NFL

When it comes to NFL coaches' records with their current team, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are above all others, with a winning percentage over .700.

Of the seven head coaches hired to their current teams at the beginning of the 2015 season, four are still employed, including Fox. Two of those coaches, Dan Quinn and Jack Del Rio, have winning records in their three seasons with the Falcons and Raiders, respectively. Jets head coach Todd Bowles is below .500, but his teams have not been as bad as Fox's Bears.

Fox is the NFL's longest currently tenured head coach with a record below .400.

Fox compared to NFL coaches

Regular season wins and losses for NFL head coaches with their current teams*

Regular season winning percentage

Above .600
.500 - .600
.400 - .500
Below .400

220

200

Bill Belichick (NE): 211-74

180

160

Marvin Lewis (CIN):

123-111-3

140

Mike McCarthy (GB):

121-87-1

WINS

120

Mike Tomlin

(PIT):

114-59

.600

100

.500

Head

coaches

hired

in 2015

80

.400

60

40

Jay Gruden (WAS):

26-34-1

20

John Fox: 13-32

Hue Jackson (CLE): 1-28

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

220

Bill Belichick (NE): 211-74

200

180

160

140

Marvin Lewis (CIN):

123-111-3

Mike McCarthy (GB):

121-67-1

WINS

120

Mike Tomlin (PIT):

114-59

100

.600

80

.500

Head

coaches

hired

in 2015

60

.400

40

Jay Gruden (WAS): 26-34-1

20

John Fox: 13-32

Hue Jackson (CLE): 1-28

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

220

Bill Belichick (NE): 211-74

200

180

160

140

Marvin Lewis (CIN):

123-111-3

Mike McCarthy (GB):

121-67-1

WINS

120

Mike Tomlin (PIT):

114-59

100

.600

80

.500

60

.400

Head

coaches

hired

in 2015

40

Jay Gruden (WAS): 26-34-1

20

John Fox: 13-32

Hue Jackson (CLE): 1-28

20

40

60

80

100

120

LOSSES

*Included in chart is Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who has already been fired.

Note: Current NFL head coaches' records are current as of Dec. 11. All other data is current as of Dec. 16.

Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, Chicago Bears, Tribune reporting

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