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Author: Jon Kuzma
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When John Elway and the Denver Broncos decided to part ways with Head Coach Jon Fox it was mainly due to the fact that they felt like he underachieved in the post season. Elway went on to state that “they had differences on how to get to the next level”. When interpreting that, it feels like Elway might have thought offense was the way to get the job done being a former offensive player. While John Fox is a defensive minded guy who likely thought they should improve the defensive side of the ball in the off-season. Which would make perfect sense why Elway would dismiss Fox and Hire Gary Kubiak who was Elway’s offensive coordinator during the Broncos successful 1998 and 1999 Super Bowl runs. With an offense that started to sputter just a year after being the best ever statically, maybe making the move to Kubiak was the right one. He can work hand and hand with Peyton Manning and iron out any wrinkles that the Broncos might have. The other side of the argument is maybe they don’t fit as well due to a clash in offensive philosophy. As stated above the Broncos had the best offense ever last year, and that came under Fox who was indeed a defensive minded coach. How could this have happened? Mainly offensive freedom, with Fox more focused on things on the defensive side of the ball it gave Manning more freedom to do the things he had success in on the offensive side of the ball. This was one of the reasons Manning chose the Broncos over the Forty Niners who were coached by Jim Harbaugh. Manning knew he would have more freedom in Denver over the very hands on Harbaugh. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, Manning could either improve drastically under Kubiak’s supervision or he could be kept on too short of a leash. The other questions surrounding the team would have to be how much will the defense falter with the loss of a great defensive mind? There is a reason John Fox has went to numerous Super Bowls, he’s an excellent defensive coach.
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