Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Fox was formally introduced yesterday as Denver's head coach. Fox covered plenty of (shallow) ground during his presser, and he was unsurprisingly noncommittal on the futures of Champ Bailey and Tim Tebow and whether his Broncos would favor a 30- or 40-front on defense. He said zone-blocking "will definitely be a part of our offense," but like Josh McDaniels stressed before him, all teams use a blend of zone- and angle/power blocking in their offensive schemes. As Ted had written on Thursday, Fox said he likes to be involved in all facets of the game as a manager-type but will not call plays on defense; he leaves the playcalling on both sides to his coordinators.
During his presser, Fox said he will "most definitely" retain some of the Broncos' incumbent assistants, but as of now there's no word on who is staying. Fox said that OC Mike McCoy, who spent seven seasons working for Fox in Carolina, "is definitely in consideration," but that both McCoy and the Broncos "have options." McCoy is reportedly also in contention for the Browns' and Chiefs vacant coordinator positions, but there's no word on whom else the Broncos are pondering for OC. Legwold says Fox is pursuing Jim Mora to be his DC, while WR coach Adam Gase may switch over to working with the QBs - which of course signals an exit for Ben McDaniels. Plus, Eric Studesville will be back as the RB coach according to Legwold.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Fox is expected to bring several members of his staff to Denver, including assistant head coach Jim Skipper, ST coach Jeff Rodgers and LB coach Richard Smith. Fox is reportedly hoping to take Panthers OL coach Dave Magazu and WR coach Tyke Tolbert as well.
Now, before we get to the rest of the links, I'd like to attend to some very exciting business - as I mentioned last night, we have some great news of our own to pass along here at IAOFM. TJ, Emmett and I are especially proud to be joined by our good friend Ted Bartlett. As I'm sure you're all aware, Ted is an exceptional football analyst and writer (and a fellow Mets fan), and quite frankly his inclusion was part of the grand scheme here all along. We are confident that Ted's writing and teaching abilities, knowledge of coaches and players across the league, and understanding of football schemes and the college game will help take IAOFM to a new level. As always, thanks for being here and please help us welcome Ted aboard.
Here's the transcription of the press conference.
Chris Hall again speaks with Fox - this time after his presser.
Fox says his travel difficulties helped him better prepare for his interview with Denver.
John Elway says Fox's background as a defensive coach is what swayed him towards picking Fox.
While he thinks Fox is a good choice for the Broncos, Mike Lombardi thinks the team's process in getting there was a joke - especially their choice of doing two-a-day interviews. He's puzzled by the reality TV tone of the week and that Brian Xanders is again left standing where others have fallen.
Fox is the opposite of McDaniels columns
Here's Klis' newest installment.
Kiszla lays out his plan for Fox to succeed in Denver, and suggests burning any reminder of McDaniels.
Legwold says Keith Kidd is still in charge of pro personnel, while Matt Russell remains as the director of college scouting.
ST coach Mike Priefer is likely headed to Minnesota, while Legwold says it's unlikely any defensive assistants will be retained.
Legwold says the Broncos are embarking on an "extreme roster makeover." We'll see about that...
Champ Bailey reacts to the hiring of Fox, and discusses his lack of a contract.
As expected, Greg Manusky is taking over the Chargers' defense.
The Greatest NFL Fans in the Country (who cleared out halfway through the 4th quarter last week) have apparently been clamoring for Bill Cowher to take over for Handshake Haley. Not happening...
Nnamdi Asomugha says he may actually be back in Oaktown next year.
To no great surprise, the Crypt Keeper is close to announcing Hue Jackson as his next errand boy.
McDaniels is likely heading to St. Louis to coach Sam Bradford.
The Cowboys are working on a deal to hire Rob Ryan as their new DC.
Jim Harbaugh is bringing some of his coaches with him to San Fran.
Nick Fairley is going pro.
Andrew Brandt updates the CBA mess.
Wes Bunting previews the East-West Shrine Game.
Here's what Brian Burke has been reading.
Plus, Burke on running and passing success rates and how they interrelate.
One notable bummer - if the Broncos had hired Steve Spagnuolo two years ago, they would have much neater sock drawers. Oh, well.
FO's best of the week in quotes.
A McDonald's assistant manager got canned for letting All Day Peterson use the can.
Bill Rhoden on Ray Lewis' criminal past.
Wes Welker gave one of the finest pressers in history the other day, taking plenty of not-so-subtle digs at Sexy Rexy.
The NY Post drew up a fantastic poster to preview Jets/Pats. Unfortunately, most of the Post's readers don't realize it's only good for stuff like this...
KSK on the trash talking between the Jets and Pats.