Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears formally introduced John Fox as their new head coach on Monday, with the recently dispatched Denver Broncos sideline boss expressing both his gratitude toward his new employers as well as a confidence he'll be able to restore the franchise back to its winning ways.
"This is a great, great honor (and) privilege to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears," said Fox, who mutually parted ways with the Broncos shortly after Denver's upset loss to Indianapolis in an AFC divisional playoff game. "To be standing here in the same role as George Halas is pretty remarkable and one I take very seriously."
Fox's track record of success in previous stops in Denver and Carolina, where he led both teams to Super Bowl appearances within three years on the job, made him the Bears' top choice to replace Marc Trestman. And the soon-to-be 60-year-old was optimistic he could orchestrate a similar turnaround in Chicago.
"I can't predict how fast it will happen," said Fox. "I just believe it will.
"I can't make you any promises except I'm going to give you everything I've got. That (one Super Bowl) trophy looks pretty lonely out there."
Fox's response was more vague when asked about quarterback Jay Cutler's future in the organization, telling reporters he has yet to begin evaluating the roster.
"It doesn't matter what player (it is), we're going to start that process and I'm not there yet," he stated.
Fox did say that he and Cutler did exchange text messages following the announcement of his hiring, and that he's anticipating meeting the embattled signal-caller.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox remarked. "He did text me, welcomed me to Chicago, was very excited that I was coming here. I just reminded him that the game's only fun when we win, and we will, and that I was looking forward to getting to see him."
Fox, who amassed a 46-18 record with the Broncos and led Denver to the AFC West title in all four of his seasons at the helm, takes over a Bears team that lost eight of its last 10 games under Trestman to finish at 5-11, the club's worst record since 2004.