Chicago Bears announced John Fox as their new head coach on Friday after only 48 hours of deliberation since he was interviewed for the job on Wednesday.
The Bears moved quickly to interview Fox shortly after he was let go by the Denver Broncos earlier this week, and they must have liked what they heard in their get together.
And according to reports, the decision to bring Fox to Chicago could be followed by an array of other moves by the Bears in the coming weeks. Former Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is rumored to be in line for the vacant defensive coordinator job, while the more interesting and potential game-changing appointment for the Bears could be Kyle Shanahan.
Bears want Shanahan
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Shanahan has been sounded out for the vacancy in a move that could prove tremendously beneficial for Jay Cutler.
"Kyle Shanahan has emerged as a strong candidate to join Fox in Chicago, according to a person familiar with the Bears' search, and that could bode well for Cutler," the Chicago Tribune reported.
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"Shanahan, 35, has a sharp offensive mind that has been on display in his past success coordinating the Texans' and Redskins' offenses.
"His system is based on a zone running scheme and play-action passes, featuring bootlegs and other ways to move the passing point. It's a creative passing scheme that consistently puts defenders in conflict."
Shanahan would revive Jay Cutler's career
The fact that Kyle Shanahan is a master at adapting offenses to suit quarterbacks could bode well for the inconsistent Cutler.
Shanahan did a great job with Robert Griffin III in his rookie season, and the free agent coach will also know the inside track on Cutler because his dad, Mike Shanahan, drafted him to the Denver Broncos back in 2006.
John Fox makes another seamless transition
Fox enjoys another opportunity
Meanwhile, John Fox's move to Chicago will make allow him to make another seamless head coaching transition, following his move from Carolina Panthers to Denver Broncos in 2011 to another opportunity in the Windy City.
Many Chicago fans may question the value of having Fox on board after a disappointing season with one of the most loaded teams in football history in Denver this season, but Bears' personnel have reportedly been keen to tap into Fox's experience as a coach, with his offensive-minded approach likely to have struck a chord with a team that is looking to get the best out of a talented bunch.