It was the famous genius Albert Einstein that first defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Now, the insane John Fox defines genius the same way.
When asked if he'd do over last week's costly fourth and goal rush, John Fox confidently said that he'd do it the same way again. Fox said in his Monday press conference that every play is a consideration, and when they work, you're a genius. And when they don't, you're an idiot. I'm sorry Mr. Fox, but right now, I think you're leaning towards the latter.
So this is the biggie being discussed this week. Did the one yard rush for the touchdown over the three-point field goal cost the Broncos the game Sunday against the Titans? I suggest probably not. This call came early in the fourth quarter with many more opportunities for Kyle Orton to rally his troops. It just so happens Orton never did.
The argument to be made here is maybe you do go for the big play to put it away, but you don't try to achieve that goal the same way over and over and over and one more, over again. A blind fan listening to the game at home could've seen that the ball was going to be given to Willis McGahee one more time to run it straight up the middle, yet we're all surprised when he didn't make it?
Fox has argued in his interviews that his O-line needs to be able to make that play, and to that, I agree. However, as the coach, you should know that your O-line is not even close to being able to make that play yet (especially against the No. 1 ranked Titans' defense), and so you go with the safe bet.
Perhaps you have a Tebow package ready to go, which puts the defense on their toes and gets you that big score. Maybe you try a short toss from your quarterback, who we've all been told gives us the best chance to win because of his great pocket passing abilities. I'm not sure here, but I don't think it takes a genius to switch up the play-calling.
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Tim Tebow? Did somebody mention Tim Tebow? Oh that's right, everybody has. So, another prime example of Fox's hard-nosed, conservative coaching is the fact that he seems almost allergic to putting Tebow in to help out regardless of the situation. I'm not advocating that Tebow should be the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback right now (when we lose to the Packers and Chargers, then I will), but I do believe there's a million different scenarios where he could be playing right now. And not as wide receiver.
Tebow rushed for six touchdowns last year when he actually got playing time, so I think even statistics make an argument for Tebow getting the ball in red zone situations. I don't think Kyle Orton should take it personally if Tebow is called up to make big plays happen when it counts. Besides, all the anti-Tebow comments always talk about how they are tired of hearing about just one player and that football is a team sport. So, why wouldn't Orton want Tebow to come in and help his team win the game?
Look, maybe John Fox is much more clever and closer to genius than we mere mortals can comprehend. Maybe there's a great method to his madness. But until that "genius" starts to pay off in wins, his only link in history to the great Albert Einstein will be my earlier reference to his classic signs of insanity.