Ernie Accorsi confident in John Fox
Why did former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi recommend that the Chicago Bears hire John Fox as head coach?
It goes back to experience and the connection between Fox and Accorsi. Fox was a former defensive coordinator for the Giants when Accorsi was there.
“Look, I think the single toughest thing to do in football is to project an assistant coach to the head coaching job,” Accorsi said in a radio interview. “They’re two different jobs. The things you have to deal with as a head coach. You can immerse yourself in strategy and X’s and O’s as an assistant, and player relations because you’re dealing with these guys. But the head coach, he has to control that. Now you’re a head coach, you’re the commander of the army. It’s a whole different thing.
"And you never, never know. You just don’t know. With Fox, you knew: 30 games over .500, seven playoffs, two Super Bowls. The fact that he lost two Super Bowls to me was even more important, because the hunger and drive you have to never let that happen again, to right that wrong, is as powerful a force as you can have in this business.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun