There isn’t too much that comes out of Pat Bowlen’s mouth these days, but when he does speak, people listen.
The longtime Broncos owner was looking to hire a well seasoned coach after a young and fiery Josh McDaniels spent two years bringing drama into Dove Valley, all while failing to amass wins. That’s why Bowlen is thrilled to have Fox at the reigns.
"“I don’t want to say Josh was a bad coach,” Bowlen said. “He just didn’t have the level of experience that made me comfortable. John [Fox] does.” – Pat Bowlen to Mike Klis of The Denver Post."
The Broncos turned to a completely different type of head coach than McDaniels. They brought in experience, they brought in a defensive mind, and they brought in a guy who plays the team’s best players (ahem, Peyton Hillis would have gotten plenty of carries in Fox’s offense).
When guys like Brain Dawkins are willing to take a pay cut to play for Fox, it says it was the right hire. When Champ Bailey decided to remain with the Broncos because he was excited about playing for a defensive-minded head coach, it tells you that John Elway, Brian Xanders, and Bowlen made the right decision.
Fox has the respect. Now he must keep it by getting wins on the board and bringing this team back from the brink of a two year destruction period.