John Fox pleads his case to the official during the Broncos win over the Vikings. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

John Fox Leading Broncos To Victories, Coach Of The Year Talk Progresses


The Denver Broncos are now three-quarters of the way through their season.To commemorate that and celebrate their fifth straight win, John Fox gave his players the day off. The team will meet again on Wednesday to continue preparations for the Chicago Bears.

With very few players around Dove Valley today, Fox spent a little extra time with the media. He tends to do this after each quarter of the season ends.

Those quarter marks are mighty important for the coaching staff as they review film from the past four games, and use it to make adjustments going forward.

“Games and seasons are won and lost in the fourth quarter,” Fox said.

That makes this time period especially important for the Broncos coaching staff.

“We’ve always taken the approach that people remember what you do in December,”Fox explained. “We’ve got control of our destiny.”

The Broncos are tied with the Raiders for first place in the AFC West. There’s a sense of unity that comes with winning, especially when a team strings together five wins in a row.

“We’d run through a wall for that guy,” Mario Haggan said of Coach Fox.

John Fox looks to be in the running for Coach of the Year. That comes from a guy who said that Kyle Orton gave the Broncos the best chance to win at the beginning of the season. He also would refrain from saying whether Tim Tebow was the Broncos quarterback of the future.

“When you say things like ‘he give us the best chance to win,’ it comes back to haunt you,” Fox said. “At the end of the day, understating and over-producing is a little bit better approach in my opinion.”

The team won just four games last season. They are at seven wins with four left to go. John Fox has already exceeded many people’s expectations at least for his first year as head coach. However, now that the team is winning, the bar is just being raised.

Fox deserves as much credit for this turn around as Tebow does. He has the backing of the front office, his coaching staff, and most importantly, his players.

“Running through a brick wall” for Fox is quite the statement. That quote comes from a member of the team that believes in what his coach is doing.

“You work with us, not for us,” Fox said.

That’s John Fox and his coaching staff’s relationship philosophy with their team. You can tell that philosophy is paying off for a team that was working for Josh McDaniels rather than working with him just last season.

“I’ve had young coaches who were first year head coaches ask ‘what would you recommend,’and I’d just say ‘be yourself,’” Fox said.

Who knows if McDaniels even asked for advice like that.

“Most of us aren’t smart enough to be anybody else. I’m just myself,” Fox asserted.

And that’s exactly who Broncos fans have  grown to love. Put a billboard out for that.

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  • loganberry

    He seems like a great guy and I’m glad he’s here but he’s not the reason we are winning.

  • loganberry

    He seems like a great guy and I’m glad he’s here but he’s not the reason we are winning.

  • RyanVest

    He’s a great personality in interview and seems to be a likeable guy, but I still wonder about how good John Fox really is.

    I feel like the flip between the poor first half offense and great second half offense has just as much to do with the play calling as it does to do with Tebow. Its like in the first half or three quarters its only the completely the same McGahee run option that becomes so obvious it gets stopped easily, and never allows Tebow to get in a rythem passing. Then when he actually lets Tebow to start throwing because there simply isn’t enough time left to risk play time on 90% runs, Tebow gets in a rythem, the play calling is more standard and balanced, and boom we have a come from behind victory. At least that’s how it’s been since KC. I literally counted only 2 passes past the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Vikings.

    You know how people say the “defense is winning these games despite Tebow”? I almost want to say the defense is winning despite Fox, but because the defense is also under Fox’s control so you really can’t complain much.

    In the end he just wins, so as long as that continues you can call him whatever you want. It’d actually be almost evil genious if having a horrible play calling in the first half is only to get them in a lull for absolute ownage second half.

    Of course there’s also the fact that he was practically proven wrong in his decision to go with Orton despite tons of people calling him out on it before the season started but i guess that’s still a debate to this day.

  • RyanVest

    He’s a great personality in interview and seems to be a likeable guy, but I still wonder about how good John Fox really is.

    I feel like the flip between the poor first half offense and great second half offense has just as much to do with the play calling as it does to do with Tebow. Its like in the first half or three quarters its only the completely the same McGahee run option that becomes so obvious it gets stopped easily, and never allows Tebow to get in a rythem passing. Then when he actually lets Tebow to start throwing because there simply isn’t enough time left to risk play time on 90% runs, Tebow gets in a rythem, the play calling is more standard and balanced, and boom we have a come from behind victory. At least that’s how it’s been since KC. I literally counted only 2 passes past the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Vikings.

    You know how people say the “defense is winning these games despite Tebow”? I almost want to say the defense is winning despite Fox, but because the defense is also under Fox’s control so you really can’t complain much.

    In the end he just wins, so as long as that continues you can call him whatever you want. It’d actually be almost evil genious if having a horrible play calling in the first half is only to get them in a lull for absolute ownage second half.

    Of course there’s also the fact that he was practically proven wrong in his decision to go with Orton despite tons of people calling him out on it before the season started but i guess that’s still a debate to this day.