It's been a great 24 hours for Super Bowl coaches.
Broncos HC John Fox has agreed to new three-yr extension. Both Super Bowl head coaches have now agreed to new deals in 24hr span.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 5, 2014
The team confirmed the deal on Saturday:
The club announced on Saturday that John Fox has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract that will keep him with Denver through the 2016 season.
“We are pleased to reach this agreement with John Fox, who has played a key role in the success and improvement of the Broncos during the last three seasons,” Elway said. “While our team has made progress each year under Coach Fox, we both understand that there is still work to be done for us to reach our ultimate goal.
“Having continuity at the head coaching position is critical in building a championship team, and John Fox is an important part of our foundation as we move forward.”
"We've talked about winning championships here," Fox said. "We've won three AFC West championships, we won one AFC championship, but we've yet to get that third set of hats, and that is for a World Championship. That's been the goal every year and that won't change moving forward."
In January, Elway called Fox "a perfect fit for us" because of the attitude he brings to every aspect of his job.
"He's just a positive guy,” Elway said. “You never really see him down. You never see him in a bad mood. You never see him without any energy. He's got more energy than anybody I've ever seen. That, to me, is the definition of John Fox—the energy level that he brings. He brings it to the practice field, and it's contagious."
Ian Rapoport or NFL.com clarifies that the deal is not a three-year extension, but rather a new deal entirely:
John Fox’s new 3-year deal was described as “fair and generous.” Don’t expect an announcement tonight with #Rockies home opener in town.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2014
Mike Klios of The Denver Post provides financial details of the deal:
John Fox's initial 4-year deal paid him about $3.5 mil per. Ripped up with 1 yr left. This 3-year deal will pay him about $5.5 mil per.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 5, 2014
This news came just 22 hours after Rapoport tweeted that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll received an extension of his own:
#Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s original 5-year, $35M contract ran through 2014. After winning a Super Bowl, he gets an extension tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2014
This extension for Fox is well deserved.
For those crediting Manning more than Fox for these triumphs, Bleacher Report's Benjamin Allbright tweeted out a very telling reminder of the coach's past success with a different signal-caller:
The "John Fox is nothing without Peyton Manning" crowd needs to stop & remember he coached a Jake Delhomme QB'd team to the Super Bowl— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 5, 2014
It's clear that John Elway and the Broncos brass has been pleased with the way Fox has methodically orchestrated the team's return to glory—the year before Fox took over, Denver went just 4-12.
Rumors began to circulate about a potential extension for Fox earlier this year. Rapoport tweeted a very flattering remark from a source within the organization:
On John Fox: Negotiations to begin on a new contract after Super Bowl. Both sides confident it’ll happen. Team source: “He’s perfect for us”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 2, 2014
With Fox back in the fold for an extended period of time, the team can now continue to focus on its ongoing offseason priorities.
Getting this new deal done at this point in the year is crucial for the Broncos. With plenty of new faces in Denver via free agency, and the 2014 NFL draft just around the corner, Fox won't have his soon-to-be expiring contract in the back of his mind.
This is good news for a Broncos team that is building toward another run at the Super Bowl. The window certainly hasn't closed with Peyton Manning still at the helm, and Fox's new contract ensures the Broncos will be in a position to contend even after No. 18 retires.
After all, during an interview with Mike Klis of The Denver Post on March 25, Fox was asked what he'd do differently just before the Super Bowl. Fox simply responded, "Probably everything."
With his contract extension now in the books, it looks as though Fox could certainly get his chance to do so in 2014.