Head Coach John Fox met with the media Monday afternoon to discuss Sunday’s exciting 24-22 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and to look forward to this week’s encounter in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
Fox said that he was able to enjoy his first win as head coach of the Broncos last night, but it was short-lived as he arrived at Dove Valley this morning ready to prepare for the Titans.
“I definitely cherished it,” Fox said. “There’s not much time to celebrate in this business, because it’s, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ I had a nice meal with friends and family and was back to work today early.”
Fox and his staff will not only have to scout Tennessee this week, but also their own team. Four Week 1 starters missed Sunday’s game due to injury and two more players left injured during the game, leaving Fox with just two wide receivers.
Fox said he’s hopeful to get some of those players back this week and would rather not play that short-handed again.
“That was tough sledding, especially at minus-two in the turnover ratio,” Fox said. “I don’t want to do that every week. It is not my first choice.”
However, the Broncos were able to pull out the win despite the absence of many key players. Fox pointed to the “next-man up” mentality he has instilled in the team as a significant aspect of the win and said that the execution from his players was much improved.
“I thought it was a character, toughness type of win,” Fox said. “We had two big stops on defense in the last five minutes of the game that were critical. I thought the way our offense started the game, both in the first half and the second half with extended drives and ended up with points, I thought that was critical to what I’m looking for. I thought the way we ran the ball was more what I expected from the beginning. Our players and staff worked very hard to improve in that area.”
Fox and the team return to practice Wednesday as they look to build off Sunday’s win.