Breaking down the dominance of Broncos against former head coaches

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins walks onto the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 27, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins walks onto the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 27, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Dec 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach John Fox during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

John Fox

In four years as head coach of the Broncos, John Fox won the AFC West all four years and took the Broncos to a Super Bowl. Including the postseason, he had a record of 49-22 with the team but because he could not get the Broncos over the hump, he was fired after the 2014 season.

The Chicago Bears swooped in and hired him ahead of the 2015 season. That year, the Bears just happened to play the Broncos.

This is a memorable game for the Broncos because with Manning injured, Brock Osweiler made his first career start on what was also his 25th birthday. The birthday boy completed 20-of-27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Broncos to a hard fought 17-15 win over the Bears at Soldier Field.

That was the last time that a former coach faced the Broncos as head coach of another team, leaving the Broncos’ overall record against previous head coaches at 7-1.

Those are not great odds for McDaniels, who has yet to win a game as the new head coach of the Raiders.