What's up guys. I'm going to let you know right now, this isn't going to be the most comlpex, sophisticated, or elongated Fanpost you've ever seen, but I feel the need to get it off my chest. After watching some clips, and reading some articles on our new Head Coach, John Fox, I've came to the conclusion that this guy has no falseness to him, whatsoever (I've also gathered this from just watching him as a coach for the past seven years). What you see is what you get. There's nothing more annoying than a guy who tries to be something he's not; for example, Shanahan as a GM, Matt Millen as a talent evaluator, or even McD, trying his hardest to do his best impression of his mentor, Bill Belichick (even though he's not a bad person to model yourself after - but it's impossible to do, seeing how there's only one Bill Belichick).
When I heard John Fox talk today, I picked up quickly that he won't be something he's not, which in return means he's not going to rule on something he doesn't understand. Players, and people in general, gravitate towards people like Mr. Fox, because he doesn't put himself on a pedestal and can get down to their level. I think this is essential when talking about a football coach, even moreso than being a master of X's and O's - relating to the people around you, and creating a work atmosphere that's enjoyable. John Fox really sold me today that he's the right choice going forward, and the team / staff / front office, will appreciate him not being a dictator, and being an approachable source of wisdom.
I know I'll get bashed by some for saying this, but I feel the same way about Brian Xanders - he doesn't pretend, or put on a show. He's a real person. I know many of you think that the front office is lying when they say Brian was "respecting the chain of command", or, "he had no final say in personnel decisons", but, I truly believe them. We've all had those bosses we didn't agree with. Heck, we might have even hated their guts, but in our own best interests (making a living), we had to grin, bear it, and do what they said. If McD didn't strike you guys as domineering, then I'm not sure who you were watching.
There was one certain press conference in which Woody Paige (I know, he's incorrigible), asked McD if he'd be willing to work with a GM on personnel matters to improve the team. Josh McDaniels reaction was all telling as to who ran the show in Dove Valley; with his "caught in the act" grin (which always gave McD away, and he knew it did too), and his "dance around the question" response. Josh McDaniels had to have full control, because: A. that's the only way he saw it done in New England - B. Bowlen and Joe Ellis were foolish enough to hand it to him, no questions asked. Brian Xanders, for better or for worse, is our young GM, and I can tell you this, he's going to scout the talent pool Brian Xanders style, not Belichick style, nor Josh McDaniels style. It's not Brian's fault he's never had to be the guy in spotlight, and everyone has to start somewhere (Ted Thompson & Ozzie Newsome worked their way up the chain at one time - they didn't start out as GM's).
Finally, I want to touch on two more people who know how to be one thing only - themselves, and that's Pat Bowlen and John Elway. Mr. Bowlen has never claimed to have football omniscience (Jerry Jones - Dan Snyder), and he will let the football guys do what the football guys do (sometimes to the detriment of the team, but I fully believe he's learned from those mistakes). John Elway, like he himself mentioned, will hire to his own weaknesses, and won't bull his way through the things he doesn't know.
We are in for a genuine treat fellow Bronco fans. Even though it took hitting rock bottom for the ownership to correct it, we now have a staff of football people who value improvement and winning, over pi$$ing contests and being supremely right. The fans can now own a part of the team again, and the shadows of secrecy have melted away into the light. No longer are we becoming the Patriots West - that's trying to be something we're not. Now, all of our collective focus, can be turned on becoming who we really are again - The Denver Broncos!!! Mile High Salute!!!