Nov 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox looks on during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Denver 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
I’ve said it twice in this story now, but the game plan Fox and his coaching staff draw up against Miami is just as important as the execution on the field.
In the Broncos’ three losses, it’s as much on the coaches as the players for their awful game plans.
The common theme in all three games? Denver played not to lose.
The games were on the road and it’s apparent winning on the road is becoming more and more difficult. But when your coaches have no faith in you to have consistent game plans at home and the road, you’ve already lost.
If Denver doesn’t come out and punch the Dolphins in the mouth from the opening kick – if the coaches don’t demand that from the players – Miami will. It knows the Broncos are a wounded animal right now. If the Dolphins can make a few plays, get Denver frustrated, they can pounce.
It’s time for Fox and his coaching staff to have faith in the players. Put them in the best position possible to have success. Play off the strengths of the roster. Don’t get cute. Don’t overthink it.
Given how big this game is and the history Fox has shown in big games, I want to see how he responds more so than the players.