It didn’t take the Denver Broncos long to find a new coach. Just over a month ago the Broncos terminated second year coach Josh McDaniels and on Thursday they announced the hiring of former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox. The hope is that Fox can bring a shot of life into a team that is in disarray.
The 55-year-old Fox won the job over four others who were competing for the job to replace McDaniels who was fired on Dec. 6 after the Broncos worst season in nearly four decades and being the in the center of a video taping scandal that is now being called “Spygate II”. They finished the season with the franchise’s worst record 4-12
The Broncos will officially announce the former Carolina Panthers head coach on Friday at a news conference. Fox spent nine seasons with the Panthers and went 78-74. The team failed to renew his contract after they had the worst record in the NFL this past season, going just 2-14. Fox’s best season was in 2004 when he led the team to the Super Bowl but came up just short when they ran into this guy named Tom Brady.
Now Fox has a clean slate and is excited for the new opportunity ahead of him.
“I am very thankful to Pat Bowlen and John Elway for giving me the opportunity to coach a football team with such a proud tradition,” Fox said in a statement. “The Broncos have a culture of winning, and I am excited to continue that legacy. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Fox arrived in Denver earlier this week to meet with new Broncos chief football executive John Elway. His flight was delayed three times due to inclement weather, which made him the fifth candidate interviewed but that did not seem to matter. Elway took to his Twitter account after the hiring and said that Fox is “is a dynamic and proven leader who will energize our entire organization.”
Now the team starts a new era, in an AFC West division that is certainly up for grabs. One of the first big questions on the minds of fans are who will be the starting quarterback next year? Fox and the Broncos have the option of seasoned veteran Kyle Orton or University of Florida standout Tim Tebow, who is in his second year with the team.
Only time will tell.