Broncos Give Fox the Reins in Denver; Former Panther Coach Takes Over


Broncos executive VP of football operations John Elway announced via Twitter that John Fox has agreed to become the 14th head coach in the franchise’s history.

Fox interviewed with the team on Wednesday and beat out Jaguars offensive coordinator Dick Koetter, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville for the position.

Fox is reportedly working feverishly to assemble a coaching staff, a good portion of which could come from Carolina, where Fox recently was let go after nine seasons as the Panthers’ head coach.

“I am very thankful to (Owner and CEO) Pat Bowlen and (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) John Elway for giving me the opportunity to coach a football team with such a proud tradition,” Fox said. “The Broncos have a culture of winning, and I am excited to continue that legacy.

“I can’t wait to get to work, pushing our players to be the best they can be and representing this community as head coach of the Denver Broncos.”

The man who took over a 1-15 Carolina Panthers club in 2002 and two years later led the team to the Super Bowl has a chance at a similar turnaround in Denver.

“It was very similar, a second (overall) pick, much the same situation,” Fox told reporters at Denver International Airport before heading to Dove Valley for his initial interview. “I think I have a blueprint that we executed in Carolina, and I don’t see any reason why it can’t work here in Denver.”

“Coach Fox is a great fit for us not only with his coaching ability but also with his personality — he’s a dynamic and proven leader,” Elway said via Twitter. “He’s coached great defenses, turned teams around and been to Super Bowls. We couldn’t be more excited to have him lead our football team.”

Fox described himself as extremely competitive, passionate and enthusiastic, and said he hopes to be able to inject that attitude into Dove Valley alongside Elway.

“Much like I think as I watched John (Elway) and his dad in their careers, both in coaching and in playing, I have that same shared passion, and I think it’s a good match,” Fox said prior to his interview.

The Broncos’ newest head coach said he is excited about the prospect of working with Elway and General Manager Brian Xanders to come to the best conclusions for the team.

“I had that relationship with (Panthers General Manager) Marty Hurney for nine years, and I think it’s imperative that you do that,” Fox said. “You’ve got to be arm-in-arm. You can’t have egos involved — who gets the credit, who gets the blame — it’s shared amongst the top and that’s how you go about your business.”


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