The 5-3 Broncos kick off the second half of their season in a familiar place for Head Coach John Fox.
This Sunday, the team travels to Carolina – where Fox was head coach from 2002 to 2010 – to take on the 2-6 Panthers in Week 10.
“I have a lot of great relationships there,” Fox said. “It was the place that gave me my first opportunity as a head coach, so I’ll always be indebted for that. I still own a home there. Some of my sons live that way, so it will be good to be back. But it’s, again, the NFL and this game’s only fun when you’re winning.”
During his nine seasons at the helm in Carolina, he led the team to 73 regular-season wins and three playoff appearances, including a trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII after the 2003 season and an appearance in the 2005 NFC Championship game. But fond memories aside, Fox said Sunday’s game is just like any other.
Fox said he won’t let his Carolina connection have an affect on preparations for Sunday’s game as the Broncos look for their fourth consecutive victory.
“It’s the most important game because it’s the next one,” Fox said. “You don’t get but 16 of these opportunities, and right now we’re 5-3. The only guarantee we have is 5-11. It’ll be just like any week, from the standpoint it’s the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers at their place. That’s the only real thing I know. How well we prepare will determine some of that outcome.”