The Denver Broncos were hoping John Fox could be the answer to their woes after the Josh McDaniels experiment failed in 2010/11, and it appears as though he’s at least got the team on the right track. Per ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold, the Broncos ripped up Fox’s 2014 contract, gave him a raise, and an extension to boot that runs through the 2016 season.
Say what you will about Fox being the beneficiary of Peyton Manning, John Elway, circumstance, or whatever. The fact is, Fox has led the Broncos to:
- Three straight AFC West Titles
- Two #1 slots in the AFC playoffs
- 1 AFC Championship/Super Bowl appearance
- 34 regular season wins in 3 years
Now, it’s the players who play and the coaches who coach, but I think overall this is a deserved pay raise for Fox who does a good job of bringing in experienced staff that get the best out of their players. He brought in Jack Del Rio, the former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach who also signed an extension this offseason. He promoted Adam Gase after Mike McCoy left for San Diego to be the head coach. He also recruited Dennis Allen to be the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011. Allen spent one year in Denver before he foolishly bolted for Oakland.
Fox knows how to put together a great coaching staff, which may be his best asset as a coach. His conservative style is infuriating at times, and he’s certainly no fiery personality like Pete Carroll, but he’s a smart coach that has been to multiple Super Bowls as a head coach and obviously knows what it takes to get there.
Fox’s new deal reportedly will be worth $5.5 million per season.