John Fox takes over as the Broncos' head coach. (AP Photo/John Amis)

John Fox To Take The Reins In Denver

I knew this would happen. The one day I take off to hit the slopes, the Broncos hire a new head coach.

Early this afternoon the Broncos had narrowed down their list to three candidates – John Fox, Rick Dennison, and Dirk Koetter. Shortly thereafter, I received a text telling me that Fox was the clear-cut winner.

The Broncos didn’t need to add on to their list of candidates nor did they need a second interview. John Fox is the new main man in Denver.

While Fox appeared to be a frontrunner for the position because of his previous head coaching experience, Rick Dennison was another guy that sparked the Broncos interest because of his history with the team.

John Elway, Joe Ellis, and Brian Xanders are excited about Fox. Elway tweeted this afternoon:

“John has coached great defenses, turned teams around and been to Super Bowls.”

“He is a dynamic and proven leader who will energize our entire organization.”

“Coach Fox is a great fit for us not only with his coaching ability but also with his personality.”

I think Fox is the right choice at this stage of the rebuilding game. He’s proven that he can inject some adrenaline into struggling teams and work tremendous miracles with just average players. Case in point: Jake Delhomme. The Panthers went 1-15 the year before Fox arrived, and in just his second season with the team, the Panthers were in the Super Bowl.

Welcome aboard, John Fox. Please begin CPR now. It’s going to take months of chest compressions and rescue breathing for the Broncos to be more competitive next year.

Was John Fox the right guy to hire?

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  • John Fox

    Does anybody even read this blog? The last 10 postings have only generated 2 comments.
    I have more work ahead of me in Denver than I realized!

    • Gary

      Bring in Rico as OC and Asst head coach. Denver never had a better o-line than with RICO – and the running game worked.

    • Jay

      Ok, I will chime in. :)
      Hi, John.
      Since I have a real NFL coach reading this, I’d like to ask a few strategy questions.

      I assume by the time you reach NFL head coach (or even offensive coordinator), you have your pet plays you have designed and tweaked over the years? So coming to a new team do you have your playbook and try to get players ect. to fit that as much as possible or do you get the best people you can and change as much as you have to for the personnel?

      Probably a dumb question, How do you know what play to call next? Lets say near the first quarter, first down, lots of options open. I have seen old scouting reports and they track every coverage and formation for whatever defense for in this case, 186 plays. Is that keyed into a computer and based on criteria, it gives you the highest probility play? (and your knowledge and the OC’s knowledge of tendencies and things like you see safety’s inching up (I am sure there is MUCH more than just something like that.)

      I assume there is an alternate play sent in too? well, unless the QB is manning, he does what he wants. :)

      I assume also (ok, I assume alot :) ) there is a progression of plays to run every time you hit the same down and distance and its the same formation? I have heard this called “progression expression”.

      Hope my questions are not too dumb. :)
      Good luck here in Denver. Hopefully you will become “beloved” as a Denver coach. :)

      thanks for your time


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