Coming from fans of a 5-11 team, the quibble of some Bears faithful that the new Bears coach couldn't win the Super Bowl in two attempts seems a bit nitpicky.
Welcome to Chicago, John Fox.
Reaction to Friday's news that Fox had accepted general manager Ryan Pace's offer was as swift as it was wide-ranging. Players, fans, media personalities and casual observers chimed in online about Fox's worthiness, and some Chicagoans already have created odes to Soldier Field's new sideline patroler.
Chicago-area parody songwriters Mick Kahler and Al Flash whipped up one number called -- not surprisingly -- "John Fox," which fans of The Who may recognize as the melody to "Squeeze Box." Kahler and Flash also released "You Are Fired" ("Baby, Light my Fire") when the Bears canned coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery last month.
Both former Bears make a cameo in the "John Fox" video on YouTube: "Well, last year was obscene / Such a bad Bears team; We're gonna see Bear football / in 2015; Cuz he'll coach em up right / and the future is bright; Ryan hired John Fox / now we can sleep at night."
The video ends with a classic scene from the 1987 comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Steve Martin's Neal Page wakes up to discover that Del Griffith (John Candy) is spooning him, and he jumps out of bed. "You see that Bears game last week?" he asks as he makes his way to the nearest exit. "Helluva game, helluva game. Bears got a great team this year. Gonna go all the way."
Here are some of the other reactions from Friday:
Not a bad week for John Fox, all thing considered. Was out of work about three days. Gets a raise with the Bears— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 16, 2015
Love the hire, no more up and coming coordinators or potential geniuses. We know what we are getting. Welcome John Fox. #BearDown ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) January 16, 2015
/saves picture for when the Bears let John Fox go in 2 years pic.twitter.com/lxbxr1AN1T— Steve Braband (@stevebraband) January 16, 2015
Happy for John Fox. Great hire by Bears. But seriously, Bears introducing him on Martin Luther King Day? Bad, bad form.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 16, 2015
I like John Fox, good guy, good coach, but he couldn't get it done with one of the best rosters assembled so I'm not sure I follow the logic— Blake Baratz (@blakebaratz) January 16, 2015
I laugh at anyone who thinks John Fox is goin to go into that Bears Locker Room and be a hard disciplined Coach who can turn the team around— BRONCOS BUM™ (@KevinChavez303) January 16, 2015
The John Fox hiring is like the hot girl that picked YOU!— Pissed Off (@BearsSTH) January 16, 2015
Already looking forward to see what John Fox's pouty face looks like when the Pack play Chicago next season.— Matt Coldagelli (@M_Coldagelli) January 16, 2015
#Bears got it right hiring John Fox. He's a proven winner.— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) January 16, 2015
So... does John Fox show up at the #Blackhawks game tonight or Sunday?— Tab Bamford (@The1Tab) January 16, 2015
John fox leaves the broncos to coach the bears? Oh lol— Ronnie (@jovan_orozco) January 16, 2015
I'm really excited to see what John Fox does for the Bears' DL. Built some good ones in Carolina and Denver.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 16, 2015
John Fox feels like a safe bet. A guy who will get the Bears to the playoffs. But can he get them a ring? Ehh— Mike H (@Flymak) January 16, 2015
Sometimes the obvious choice is the right choice. Well done Mr. Pace MT @ChicagoBears: Bears have hired John Fox as head coach.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) January 16, 2015
Interested to hear thoughts on the John Fox hire for the #ChicagoBears....— Otis Wilson (@OtisWilson_55) January 16, 2015
Happy John Fox Day everybody!— Mully And Hanley (@mullyhanley) January 16, 2015
Cutler, Marshall, now John Fox. Are the Bears sitting on the Broncos curb, waiting for their next used, unwanted sofa to get dragged out?— Pierre The Pelican (@PelicanPierre) January 16, 2015
"Get John Fox fired? Challenge accepted" - Jay Cutler— Richard Shermans Ego (@NotShermanLOB) January 16, 2015
Best coaching hires: 1.John Fox, Bears; 2. Rex Ryan, Buffalo; 3. Todd Bowles, Jets; 4. Jack Del Rio, Oakland; 5. Dirk Koetter (OC), Tampa— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) January 16, 2015
An open invitation to John Fox to visit us at the United Center and catch a Bulls game. Welcome to the city..you will love it!— chuck swirsky (@swirsk054) January 16, 2015
A tip to Chicago writers: John Fox is not the boring guy you see in news conferences. He's hilarious. But you have to get him 1 on 1.— Tom Sorensen (@tomsorensen) January 16, 2015
John Fox!! What you guys think!!— Jason McKie (@Jmack37) January 16, 2015
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Somehow Joe Maddon and John Fox are working in Chicago. Who could have seen that coming?— Ben Finfer (@BenFinfer) January 16, 2015