CHICAGO — According to multiple reports, former Denver Broncos coach John Fox is expected to interview with the Chicago Bears for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
ESPN reported Monday night Fox will interview with Chicago “soon,” but is not necessarily a lock for the job.
According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, there is mutual interest, as Fox’s first choice for his next gig is Chicago.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2015
ESPN notes the Bears have granted new general manager Ryan Pace final authority on the team’s coaching hire.
NFL Network says Fox has “several major factors working in his favor” for the job, including a mutual friend of Pace’s in Saints coach Sean Payton, who worked with Pace in New Orleans. Payton is reportedly one of Fox’s closest friends.
Fox, 59, served as head coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2002-2010, before being let go by the team after finishing in last place in 2010.
He was then hired by Denver in 2011.
Fox led both the Panthers and Broncos to respective Super Bowls in his career, but lost both.
He and the Broncos reportedly had a mutual agreement to part ways after his team’s disappointing playoff exit at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.