Take 2: Potential candidates to replace Chicago Bears' John Fox By By PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY STAFFDec. 1, 2017 Pro Football Weekly contributors Jon Styf and Kyle Nabors debate who should be the next coach of the Chicago Bears.Pro Football Weekly contributors Jon Styf and Kyle Nabors debate who should be the next coach of the Chicago Bears. Styf: So we're assuming John Fox might not make it through this season, let alone make it to next year, as the Bears' coach. So, the question is who will be the next coach? And, before you suggest Greg Schiano ... nevermind, we won't get into that. I think they need to go offensive. I hope you say the opposite. Nabors: I will say the opposite, and I'll even say that the next head coach is already in the organization. Frankly, I'm confused to why Fox hasn't already been fired and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio promoted.Styf: His track record certainly seems to show that he deserves the chance. But I really believe this is an offense-driven league and they just invested heavily in the guy they believe is their future. Mitch Trubisky needs to succeed for this team to succeed, for Pace to keep his job and be successful. So that has to be the hands on job of the new head coach. A guy like Frank Reich or Jim Bob Cooter or Jim Harbaugh. I don't love the idea of Josh McDaniels. I can't imagine the earlier rumors Sean Payton would be available are true, though he is clearly intriguing if that somehow was real. Nabors: Here's my thing with Fangio. First, he's already well respected in that locker room. And second, the Bears have spent three seasons rebuilding their defense after Mel Tucker completely torpedoed it. Do you really want to start over again? Fangio's contract is up at the end of the season. Give him an audition now and start searching for an up-and-coming offensive mind to take the reins as offensive coordinator under Fangio.Styf: I think there are plenty of defensive minds out there that can be an effective defensive coordinator right away with this defense. And, if you are going with a defensive guy as your head coach, what makes Fangio so much better than a guy like Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Keith Butler, besides Fangio already being here? Is there so much you like about this Bears staff that you think it needs to be held together for fear of another Tucker? Nabors: It's not the fear of another Tucker that leads me to Fangio. It's the fact that Bears general manager Ryan Pace spent three years rebuilding this defense under Fangio. You combine Fangio's defense with a solid offensive line and a pair of quality running backs, and I don't see a reason for Pace to take a chance on an unknown at head coach. Pace won't survive another three-year retool. Fangio gives him the opportunity to retain some continuity while searching for the correct offensive personnel to get the most out of Trubisky.Styf: Fair enough. But, to me, the thing that needs the most work is the offense. As you said, the defense is in pretty good shape. If Fangio leaves with a new regime, I think they could find a serviceable replacement. It's all about Mitch. He needs a guru. This is their chance to continue to go all in on that and put the focus where it needs to be while acquiring weapons for the passing attack in the offseason. Nabors: I have no interest in McDaniels or Cooter if offense is the route they choose to go, and I think Harbaugh is a pipe dream. I do, however, like where you're going with Reich. I could get behind that hire as long as it's accompanied by bringing in some actual NFL talent at wide receiver. I'm about done with the Dontrelle Inman experience.