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Knee-Jerk Much?

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I'd like to drag your minds away from the modern day discussion on Gay Liberation for a moment and talk some football, particularly from the business side.

During the season the X's & O's dominate headlines, and after that intensity ebbs for a week or two, I always reflect on what the business side of the NFL has done, particularly the Broncos FO & Coaching staff.

I watched Reeves, Shanny, McDaniels and now Fox work their programs, and I have very distinctive memories of the fealings I got from each.

Reeves / frustration – Shanny / elation, ecstasy, frustration – McDaniels / annoyed, frustration – Fox / hightened anticipation, frustration, jubilance, frustration, hightened anticipation... (and I better get ecstacy next on the list!)

Most of the time through it all, I've seen nothing but professionalism, "most of the time."

Now that John Elway came back where he belongs it's hard to even put into words what that means to me, or to the Broncos organization. Now the sun is bright Orange, the sky is Blue, and my sports universe has corrected it's tilt to the point where I think it could last forever.

Pat Bowlen is the reason why.

Professionalism!

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A lot of derogatory talk has surfaced regarding John Fox as our head coach, and yet I submit to you that I believe he IS, as some have suggested, "Perfect for the Broncos". I think that he is actually perfect for John Elway. Hear me out.

Elway chose Fox for a multitude of reasons, but I'm suggesting there is one that ranked pretty high - the fact the Fox is not a "RIGID" type. I could name plenty of HC's that are "My way or the highway types", but Fox is nowhere near that list.

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That simply means that he can be influenced. Elway knew that Fox would easily work with him to install Elways' vision of what this team should be, on and off the field. That includes Elways intensity on the field, and we all are seeing John Fox evolve right along with this team.

Some suggested that we should fire Fox and get a HC more in line with the rigid Bill Belichick type, but IMO that would be a huge mistake. Take a look at the last four years of coach firings in the NFL.

YEAR

TEAM

HC FIRED

YEARS w/team

WIN/LOSS

W/L %

2

0

1

3

-

1

4

Titans

Mike Munchak

3

22-26

46.00%

Lions

Jim Schwartz

5

29-51

36.00%

Buccaneers

Greg Schiano

2

11-21

34.40%

Redskins

Mike Shanahan

4

24-40

37.50%

Vikings

Leslie Frazier

3 (+6 games)

21-32

39.60%

Browns

Rob Chudzinski

1

4-12

25.00%

Texans

Gary Kubiak

7 (+13 games)

61-64

48.80%

2

0

1

2

-

1

3

Jaguars

Mike Mularkey

1

2-14

48.90%

Cardinals

Ken Whisenhunt

6

45-51

46.90%

Bills

Chan Gailey

3

16-32

33.00%

Bears

Lovie Smith

9

81-63

56.30%

Chiefs

Romeo Crennel

1 (+5 games)

4-15

21.10%

Browns

Pat Shurmer

2

9-23

28.00%

Chargers

Norv Turner

6

56-40

58.30%

Eagles

Andy Reid

14

130-93-1

58.00%

2

0

1

1

-

1

2

Colts

Jim Caldwell

3

26-22

54.20%

Raiders

Hue Jackson

1

8-8

50.00%

St Louis Rams

Steve Spagnuolo

3

10-38

20.80%

Buccaneers

Raheem Morris

3

17-31

35.40%

Chiefs

Todd Haley

3

19-26

42.20%

Dolphins

Tony Sporano

3 (+13 games)

29-32

47.50%

Jaguars

Jack Del Rio

8 (+11 games)

68-71

48.90%

2

0

1

0

-

1

1

Raiders

Tom Cable

3

17-27

38.60%

Browns

Eric Mangini

2

10-22

31.30%

Panthers

John Fox

9

73-71

50.70%

49ers

Mike Singletary

2 (+8 games)

18-22

45.00%

Broncos

Josh McDaniels

1 (+12 games)

11-17

39.30%

Vikings

Brad Childress

4 (+10 games)

39-35

52.70%

Cowboys

Wade Phillips

3 (+8 games)

34-22

60.70%

Titans

Jeff Fisher

16 (+6 games)

142-120

54.20%

The Browns fired 3 head coaches over the past four years! They gave two of those coaches two years to get it done. They caught a LOT of flac for firing the last one, Rob Chudzinski, after just one year, but the Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel, the Raiders fired Hue Jackson, and the Jaguars fired Mike Mularkey after just one year during this same 4 year span.

The Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano after just two years, and of the 30 head coaches who were fired during this span only two, John Fox (37W-16L, 69.81%, SB Appearance) & Andy Reid (hired by the Chiefs last year) has had success with a new team. Reid was named Coach of the Year for 2013. Is there another HC over the past three years that has a better winning % than John Fox?

You can say what you want about Wade Phillips, but he is the winningest coach of the above group, winning 60% of his games in Dallas. He also won 60% of his games in Buffalo during a three year stint.

Eight of the thirty coaches (Lovie Smith, Norv Turner, Andy Reid, Jim Caldwell, John Fox, Brad Childress, Wade Phillips and Jeff Fisher) had a winning record when fired, but then look at these facts.

Reid was given 14 years to get it done, Fischer was 16 years with the Oilers/Titans and even Childress got almost 5 years with the Vikings to try and make his program work. Every winning coach in this list was given at least three years to work his program. No knee jerk reactions from the front offices in those franchises.

The Browns, Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Vikings have been mediocre for years, and it isn't difficult to see why. Continuity is an enormous factor in a teams' success! Consider this:

In 2013 there was NOT ONE SINGLE Offensive Coordinator in the AFC with more than two years tenure in their position! Let that sink in.

There is a saying around the league that it takes an offense with a new coordinator two years to jell, which means that next year should show marked improvement by the teams that are in their third year with the same OC. How much more does a normal head coaching change take before a team adjusts?

The Broncos lucked out, or was it excellent management.

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It was the planning by our front office that created the solid smooth flow from one OC to the next, maintaining the continuity that is so criticle in the NFL. But I also submit to you that it was that same wisdom that selected John Fox in the first place!

Fox and McCoy had worked together in the same capacity before, so when John Elway inteviewed Fox he established that McCoy would stay, maintaining the offensive continuity that was there already!

How many NFL Head Coaches would come into a new job and retain the current coaching staff? Not many! This was a brilliant management decision by Elway, and one that came naturally from a guy who knew what it was like to have to "start over" with a new offensive philosophy.

Elway has managed to maintain continuity on this team through a head coaching change, offensive coordinator change and a defensive coordinator change. That is truly remarkable. For those of you who still feel that we need to fire Fox, just think about it for a min.

Look at the 2010-11 list of fired coaches above and tell me which one who just got fired you would rather have? They were all available for Elway to select from, but only Fox had a previous connection to McCoy.

Fischer would have wanted his guys, and he's the only one of the group I would even consider. John had Wade Phillips (1993-94') for two years and knew what he was like to work with.

I give John Elway credit for:

  1. Selling John Fox on the idea that together, they could build a Super Bowl contender.

  2. Selling Peyton Manning on the Bronco Organizations' commitment to BE a contender.

  3. Having the forsight to maintain continuity through all the changes.

I am personally VERY HAPPY with what our team has accomplished so far under the Elway/Fox union. I highly doubt that this union will split up, until Fox decides to retire. I think that the year Manning retires, Fox will retire.

Then it would not surprise me to see John Elway maintain continuity by promoting from within! What do you think?

Who is on staff that you think could make the transition to the Broncos next Head Coach?

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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