John Fox: 10 Things To Fix the Denver Broncos
John Fox, the 14th coach in franchise history, is stepping into a slippery situation.
He inherits a defense that was last in the NFL in total yardage and points allowed.
The best player on the team is highly unlikely to return. Chap Bailey knows his biological clock is ticking, and he wants a Super Bowl ring.
There are plenty of pieces the Broncos need to replace and the 2011 NFL Draft needs to provide impact players that can contribute right away.
Then there is that QB situation…what is Fox supposed to do with Tebow?
10. Recreate the Magic of Mile High
The “Mile High City” used to be a huge home-field advantage.
The Broncos are 20-20 at home in their last five seasons, and the amount of empty seats are becoming very noticeable.
Winning at home will help win your fans back. The Denver Broncos are used to winning and aren't sure how to react to the medicority of the past half decade.
9. Stay on John Elway’s Good Side
This is Elway’s first move as Broncos V.P. of football operations.
Fox is connected to Elway’s V.P legacy, and the two sides need one another. Fox will have to be patient with Elway as he learns on the fly.
Denver fans hope he has a quick learning curve.
8. Teach the D How To Tackle
The Broncos were one of the worst tackling teams in the league last season, and it’s not hard to figure out why they have given up so many big plays.
The whole defense needs to be coached up on how to tackle again.
Fox truly is starting from the ground up.
7. Keep Mike McCoy as Offensive Coordinator
McCoy and Fox have coached together in the past, and he is going to bring a bit of stability to an organization undergoing a huge shake-up.
6. Hire Jim Mora Jr. for Defensive Coordinator
He got a raw deal in Seattle after being highly success with the Falcons. Putting a defensive minded combo of Mora and Fox together will improve the defense right away.
5. Keep the Playbook Exciting
"I don't want to sit here and say we won't be exciting or creative," Fox said at Friday’s opening press conference.
The Broncos one strength is their receivers and their big plays. Allow them the chance to make things happen for an offense that ranked seventh in pass yardage.
4. Hope Elvis Dumervil Is Healthy
Dumervil had a Pro Bowl season in ’09 before tearing his pectoral muscle in training camp of ’10 and was lost for the season.
The Broncos pass rush was abysmal all season, and the loss of Dumervil was glaring.
A healthy Elvis equals a happy Fox.
3. Find a Way To Keep Champ
The ultra aggressive defense that creates turnovers Fox wants needs a lock down corner-back.
Without Champ Bailey, the Broncos would be missing one.
Figure out a way to get him signed and make sure Champ stays in Denver.
The horrid Broncos defense would be much worse without him.
2. Improve the Running Attack Drastically
Knowshon Moreno, the 12th pick in the ’09 draft, has been inconsistent in his two years in the Broncos backfield.
Moreno has proven he can be a productive back in the NFL, but his history of injuries means he needs another back to help weather the load.
Maybe DeAngelo Williams follows his former head coach to Denver?
That would instantly make the Broncos running game extremely dangerous.
1. Keep Tim Tebow on Track
He went 1-2 in three starts with the Broncos, throwing for 654 yards, five TDs and three INTs.
He showed the patent Tebow passionate leadership and charisma that has made him so successful. The Bronco receivers responded well to the rookie.
Tebow accomplished this with an O-Line that was horrendous in both pass and rush blocking.
Especially run blocking….