Fox and Del Rio will have the defense in shape . Photo by Warren Wimmer Icon SMI
Was the John Fox and Peyton Manning marriage made in Heaven?
Maybe not at lest from Fox's point of view. As a North Carolina resident and Carolina Panther's
fan, I have followed John Fox pretty closely during his coaching stay there.
John Fox probably wanted Peyton Manning more than he did Tim
Tebow but not much more. John Fox will appreciate that Manning is a veteran
that don't take much coaching. The Broncos probably owe Peyton Manning for
letting them get rid of Tebow without a bunch of media and fan backlash. Who
can fault them for trading Tebow when you have Manning?
The problem John Fox will have is letting Peyton Manning
call the shots and actually be the offensive coordinator. Fox is old school and
he wants to win with defense and the running game.
Of course Peyton Manning wants to win with passing the ball
all over the yard at times mixed in with a strong running game. Apparently
Manning was assured he could coach the offense before he even signed with the
Denver Broncos. I am sure that came from John Elway and Fox had nothing to do
with that call.
Part of John Fox's reluctance to pass the ball in Carolina may have come
from subpar quarterbacks. Jake Delhomme and Jimmy Clausen are hardly elite NFL
passers. Still it is plain by all the third down and long draw plays that Fox
is very conservative.
With Peyton Manning at the helm John Fox will have to bite
his nails while the ball is in the air often. I really think Fox is willing to
put up with this to show that he can coach and to show up the Panthers for
letting him go. It got ugly between Fox and the Panthers towards the end and
the quick hire by Denver
shows that Fox is respected in some NFL circles still.
The Denver Broncos 2012 season depends on the health of
Peyton Manning. If Manning is healthy he can win games even if his physical skills
have declined. Fox and new defensive coach Jack Del Rio will have the defense
in good shape to help out Manning.
The AFC does not have a dominant team in my opinion and if
the Broncos make the playoffs they could have a Super Bowl run in them. It is
possible Manning is even better than the average fan thinks. He played on a
clearly terrible Colts team and had them in contention. The Broncos have much
more talent than what Manning had with him for his last season or two.
If the Broncos are successful then the Manning and Fox
marriage will be a good one. If not then Fox will probably lose another job as
the Broncos start all over soon. Only time will tell.