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Chicago Bears expected to keep John Fox for 2017

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The Sports Xchange
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox stands on the field in gar first half against the New York Giants in week 11 of the NFL at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 20, 2016. The Giants defeated the Bears 22-16. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox stands on the field in gar first half against the New York Giants in week 11 of the NFL at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 20, 2016. The Giants defeated the Bears 22-16. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox is expected to get another chance to turn around the team in 2017 despite only three wins heading into Sunday's season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fox will get the opportunity to make his mark in the third season with the Bears, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. The Bears are just 9-22 in his first two seasons.

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The jobs of Fox and general manager Ryan Pace appear to be safe and the team is not expected to be making any significant coaching changes, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fox, hired by Chicago after going 46-18 in four seasons with the Denver Broncos, is in the second year of a four-year deal he signed with the Bears in 2015. The Bears (3-12) will finish last in the NFC North for the third straight season, after going 6-10 in 2015.

The Bears suffered numerous injuries this season, including losing their top two quarterbacks.

Jay Cutler played in just five games in 2016 after missing time early in the season with a sprained thumb before finishing the year on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Then Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in a Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and the Bears were forced to turn to No. 3 quarterback Matt Barkley, a former USC standout with little NFL experience as a starter.

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