Today, John Elway tweeted to his fans that the Broncos are going to hire John Fox as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos. John Fox then felt the need to publicly thank John and Pat Bowlen for giving him the opportunity to coach a team of great tradition and blah blah blah. Basically, the same old hooblah. If it isn't obvious to you yet, I personally am not happy about this. Elway was clear throughout the entire interviewing process that the new head coach must believe in Tim Tebow. John Fox came to the interview Wednesday and said, "Hey, I believe in Tim Tebow." Thursday, with no second round of interviews being held, John Fox was hired to be the head coach of the Broncos. Is that it? Is that the only thing that qualified him for the job? What else did he bring to the interview to prove to Joe Ellis and Elway that he was the man for the job? Here's a quick look at his resume and then you tell me just why was he hired?
First: I wish to just state the obvious: John Fox went 2-14 this season, that was the worst record of the entire NFL. The Broncos went 4-12 and fired their coach as well. What's more interesting, Josh McDaniels is only being contacted to be an offensive coordinator, not a head coach. Hardly anyone contacted John Fox, outside of the Denver Broncos, to do anything. The Broncos fired the technically second worst coach so they could hire the worst.
Second: John Fox coached the Panthers for nine years. His overall record, including playoffs, was 78-74! He's barely over .500. He went to one Super Bowl in 2004 (which was the 2003 season) and lost. He's made the playoffs a total of three seasons. That's three seasons out of nine. The even more depressing fact, the seasons were never consecutive. The panthers made the playoffs, under John Fox, in 2003, 2005, and 2008. That just spells inconsistency to me. The idea of a team making it to the playoffs twice in three years would say to anyone that that team is getting better. But no, they got worse. A team gets worse due to player personell decisions. Julius Peppers, the Panthers' personal sack master, was released just recently. The team only ever had one good receiver in Steve Smith. Mushin Muhammad was a good talent, but apparently not good enough to keep. Jake Delhommebecame a larger disappointment over time and that must be attributed to coaching. Jimmy Clausen has lost any sense of confidence and may very well be done in Carolina. How in the world are Broncos fans supposed to be excited to have this man coach Tim Tebow?
Third: John Fox is more than likely going to bring the 4-3 defense back to Denver. There was an overwhelming trend in the candidates for the head coach job, they were all 4-3 defensive backgrounded coaches. I am hearing rumors that the new defensive coordinator would be Jim Mora Jr. Here's my beef with this, we don't have the personell for a 4-3 anymore. The defense is built for the 3-4 which would mean poor D.J. Williams is going to be learning a new linebacker position yet again. The rest of the corp. isn't good enough to learn a whole new scheme. Elvis Dumervil succeeded in the 3-4, not the 4-3, and yes he played in both. This whole 4-3 business may be a secret message to all that the Broncos are interested in Da'Quan Bowers, the prolific DE from Clemson University. But what happens when he's taken number one overall? Nick Fairley, the DT from Auburn? Only if this team stays in the 3-4. Which means the Broncos' next best option is the top rated CB from LSU, Patrick Peterson. Either way, a new entire defense means rebuilding, and Champ Bailey has publicly stated, he's not interested in rebuilding.
Fourth: John Fox is great at running the ball. We have proof in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams who are their current set of runningbacks and Stephen Davis who was a talented runningback during the Panthers' super bowl season. But let's take a quick step backwards before we start to push for the Broncos being an elite rushing team. The Broncos are currently a miserable rushing football team and a great passing team. The Broncos' best running back is Knowshon Moreno and honestly, he's been a mistake since McDaniels drafted him. The Broncos have what looks like one of the greatest groups of receivers in the entire NFL. Fox has never ever owned anything similar to this. He's had his one receiver in Steve Smith and maybe a decent number two. Fox runs first and throws later. And when he throws, he throws poorly (which means he throws downfield for homeruns) which of course results in interceptions...look up Delhomme's stats. Fox's offense is boring and underwhelming. His offense is predictable and our offensive line has immediately become a problem. The defense was a severe problem, now the offensive line must be addressed. The only way I see resolving this issue is to keep Mike McCoy. He was the offensive coordinator with John Fox when the team went to the Super Bowl and he helped Jake Delhomme experience his best stats of his career. The talk around the league is that the Chiefs are interested in hiring him. We need to pray that he stays in Denver now for Tebow's sake.
I honestly don't get it. John Fox is not offensive minded. He's a defensive minded coach. He's a run first and throw later coach. How in the world was he able to prove to the guys upstairs that he believed in Tebow? Does this team only plan to run the entire game, whether it be Moreno or Tebow? John Elway said he wanted a proven and established coach to take over. Lets face it, the only candidate the Broncos interviewed who met this credential was John Fox. The Broncos hired John Fox before they even interviewedEric Studesville. That's all I get from this, all Fox had to say was, "I believe in Tim Tebow." John Elway smiled and said, "Good, the job is yours!" But I will say this, the team is going to make a complete 180 when it comes to attitude. Josh was arrogant and apparently ignorant. Fox will be more transparent the way Elway wants it. There will be a new attitude under Fox. But the team isn't going to be any better. I don't see how. Believing in Tebow isn't enough to win football games.