John Fox’s success as an NFL head coach dates all the way back to 2002, when he led the Carolina Panthers to a 7-9 record after the team went 1-15 the previous season. In the next season, Fox led the Panthers all the way to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, losing on a last second field goal. Fox completely turned the franchise around in no time, and his success as a head coach has carried on to the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos have a storied history with two Super Bowls and a number of playoff appearances in the over 50 years of existence. However, in 2010 the Denver Broncos hit an all-time low as they finished the season with a 4-12 record under head coach Josh McDaniels. In the offseason McDaniels was fired and the Broncos immediately hired John Fox, knowing that he would be a perfect fit for the team.
In the 2011 season the Denver Broncos got off to a poor start of 1-4 under quarterback Kyle Orton, and Fox made the decision from then on to have Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback, developing an offense around him that mirrored his days at the University of Florida. It paid off for both of them, as the Denver Broncos finished the year with a 7-4 record and were able to make it into the NFL playoffs, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime but losing to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round.
More than anything else, the season the Denver Broncos had showed how great of a coach John Fox is. He was able to take a quarterback in Tim Tebow and revolve the offense around him in a way that helped the team win football games. Like he did with the Panthers, Fox was able to completely turn around the fortunes of a great franchise in the Denver Broncos and make it into the playoffs in little to no time at all.
The Denver Broncos will look forward to having a great year in 2012, especially considering the signing of Peyton Manning as the team’s long term solution at quarterback. One of the main reasons Peyton chose the Denver Broncos over other teams was both John Elway and John Fox. Fox is a player’s kind of coach that can easily develop great relationships with any NFL player and make them feel that they can play an important role in the team’s success, and with Peyton now in the mix the Denver Broncos have two perfect fits for the years ahead.
By Rachel, Bronco Planet Blogger