I don’t know how many games the Broncos will win this year, although next week I’ll offer a guess.
I don’t know what kind of season they’ll have.
But I know for certain I’m already a big fan of the man leading this football team.
John Fox is the right coach at the right time for the Denver Broncos.
I won’t pretend to know Coach Fox. But I really like what I see.
First off, I see a man who knows football. You simply cannot be as successful as he has been in the NFL, both as a head coach and as a defensive coordinator, by mistake. You don’t last in this league by being o.k. You last in the NFL by being really good. John Fox is a really good coach.
I also see a man who has an exceptional way of communicating with players. Against Dallas in the preseason opener, Coach Fox was the one patting Tim Tebow on the head and firmly yet enthusiastically getting a point across.
I see a man who isn’t afraid to put his arm around a player and love him up while also communicating a belief that the player can perform better.
I see players with more pep in their steps and more smiles on their faces. Feel free to chalk it up to the beginning of a new season. I’m not buying that. I think it goes deeper than that. I think it’s the freedom to have fun playing football. It’s there or it isn’t. It sure seems to be there for the Broncos.
I also sense the Broncos have a coach that people respect. No player, no reporter, no fan will like every decision any coach makes. Coach Fox seems to have a way of being likable even if you disagree with him.
People can talk about the quarterback situation all they want. They can talk about the return of Elvis Dumervil, the drafting of Von Miller or any other move the Broncos have made since last year. In my book, the Broncos’ hiring John Fox is hands down the number one story of this past offseason.
The amazing part is that it is such an easy move to overlook. Not one to be flashy or slick, Fox has simply rolled up his sleeves and set about earning the respect of a team that was in dire need of a leader who knows how to relate to them.
Apparently, many of the players like what they see in Coach Fox, too. One player told me in training camp that he treats them like men. There was both relief and sincere appreciation in his voice when he said it.
Coach Fox not only treats his players like men but he also expects them to perform like men on the field. That combination could make this season really interesting.
I know it’s easy to get excited in the preseason. I know it’s easy to be optimistic and think a team is better than it turns out to be. The Broncos will undoubtedly face more adversity than they already have. Their journey back to respectability and, hopefully, beyond likely won’t be complete overnight.
I believe, however, they are indeed on the right track. The conductor of the train is one of the big reasons why.
Thanks for reading,