Denver Broncos: The Top Five Changes We Can Expect Under Fox
Now that the Josh McDaniels ship has sailed, and the Eric Studesville ship has docked itself to the S.S. John Fox, Denver fans are now eagerly watching to see which direction this organization is sailing.
To say that John Fox and Josh McDaniels are polar opposites would be an understatement, as Fox will immediately look to bring the defense back to form.
The Denver D has pretty much gone untouched in the last few years, and after a brief flash in the pan under coordinator Mike Nolan has quickly gone from terrible to "what the was that?"
With Fox being so different from McDaniels, we will examine the top 5 changes this regime will be seeing in the next several years.
YES! Somebody that in fact recognizes the Denver Broncos are responsible for fielding not only 11 men on the offensive side of the ball, but 11 on the defensive side as well.
Believe it or not, the Broncos are one decent draft and 1 key free agent signing away from being a middle of the pack if not above average defense.
If our 2nd overall pick turns pans out to be serviceable, Doom comes back healthy, Champ gets re-signed, and we pick up a minimum of 1 key free agent signing, our defense will at least keep us in the game.
Fox knows enough about the team by now to not invest too much more into the offense and to focus solely on the defense.
4. Run First Philosophy
One thing we can be certain of heading into next year: regardless of who is under center, he isn't going to throw for over 4,000 yards.
The Denver offense will slowly shift back to its old form resembling that of the late 90's and early 00's teams, with 1,000 yard backs being churned out one after another.
Hopefully we won't have quite the merry go round as the old Broncos did, but instead will have Knowshon Moreno carrying the bulk of the carries and actually living up to his draft status.
This type of approach might lead to Orton being the starter, but that remains to be seen given the fact that Fox loves Tebow.
3. Tim Tebow Will Emerge As a Game Changer
Anyone that still maintains Tim Tebow will not be successful in this league must have been in a coma for the final month of the regular season.
Tebow clearly has what it takes to go out and run the offense at this level, even if you want to call him a run first quarterback. In his best rushing game of the year TT ran for almost 100 yards, something that Knowshon Moreno has only done once in 2 years.
It is widely recognized that Tebow has some work to do with his timing and ability to read the defense. We have to keep in mind that in those last 3 games Tebow was only taking first string reps in practice for that final month.
Lets give him the entire preseason and regular season to see what he can do.
It is no secret that Fox loves Tebow. He loved him before he got there, and he loves him even more now. Fox was quoted that TT was the only player who has ever offered to pick up the tab after having dinner together at a restaurant....this news shocked nobody.
2. A Classy Regime
The Spygate II scandal may have very well been the straw that broke the camel's back, mainly because the Bronco organization has such high standards for itself. The organization has always been proud of its heritage and class, and does not take cheating lightly.
Sure, they may have just used this as an excuse to get rid of McDaniels cheaply, but the fact of the matter is when things like this surface, they never go away. Anyone that has ever read anything on a Patriots game day page on NFL.com, or any blog for that matter knows that the trash talk formula goes as follows:
Pats fan: Random comment indicating the Patriots are in fact successful based upon the number of rings accumulated thus far.
Pats hater: Random comment referencing the videotaping Spygate scandal.
Sure, they won the rings....but that scandal will forever be referenced, and who really knows how big of an impact it had on those championships?
When we talk about the Broncos back to back Superbowl wins, they aren't tarnished by anything, and that's how it should be.
1. AFC West Title
This division really isn't that different from the NFC West, in a sense that every single year it is any given teams turn to win it.
The Chargers seem to be regressing, the Chiefs are young and came out of nowhere, and Al Davis just fired his head coach after their best season in years, reminding all of us they are still the Raiders.
Realistically 9-7 can take this division, and if the Seahawks showed us anything this year, it's that anything can happen. Fox is in the perfect spot right now, having an explosive offense, a young and inspirational quarterback, and a defense that is ready to be molded into whatever he wants it to be.
I for one am finally excited again about Denver Bronco Football.