Can John Fox Take the Denver Broncos Back to Super Bowl Glory?

Sergio RomeroContributor IJanuary 13, 2011

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers calls from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won, 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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So it's John Fox after all.

After all the failed interviews and the "polite" rejections, John Fox is going to be the new head coach for the Denver Broncos.

You would think that a guy who won TWO games last season should be unemployed at least for the next season, and at first sight you would be right; but sometimes numbers don't tell the whole story.

Let's start with a little history. John Fox has been in this business for some time (unlike Broncos' last coach, some guy called McSomething). He was a defensive assistant for 13 years and defensive coordinator seven years before being named the new head coach of the 1-15 Carolina Panthers in 2002, so he's got a little history about turning god-awful teams around.

One year later, the Panthers ended up with a 7-9 record and most importantly the No. 2 ranked defense in the NFL. One year later, they were playing a Super Bowl.

So if he was so great, why was he fired? As a lot of teams and coaches in this league, Fox's Panthers' problem was consistency, even tough Fox averaged nine-win seasons with the Panthers, at the end of his tenure he could never have back-to-back winning seasons.

For a lot of people out there, the main concern is, How does this affect Tebow? This is what Fox had to say about him:

"I know he'll do whatever it takes to be a great player,he's got a lot of the intangibles I look for, and where that goes, it's hard to predict. He's in the development stage for sure, but I think he has the makings to be as good as he wants to be."

The only reason that could make Broncos fans uncertain about Fox is that the last team he coached is the team that has the No. 1 draft pick for next year, so usually that's not the best sign, but can you really judge a coach for one horrible season? Even the greatest coaches in the history have had bad seasons and in this league you can't get to the Super Bowl every year.

When you see the whole picture, Fox's Carolina tenure was good—not great, not awful just good. He did take them to the only Super Bowl in franchise history but he left the team almost exactly the same way as when he took it in the first place, as the worst team in the NFL.

So just to recap:

Defensive minded: Check.

Trust in Tim Tebow: Check.

Winning history: Check (kind of).

All that's left to say is good luck Coach Fox. God knows you'll need it.