John Fox (American football)

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John Fox
John-Fox NFL-Coaches-Tour June-2010.jpg
Fox in June 2010
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Denver Broncos
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-02-08) February 8, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Virginia Beach, Virginia
Career information
College San Diego State
Head coaching record
Regular season 118–89–0 (.570)
Postseason 8–6 (.571)
Career record 126–95–0 (.570)
Championships won 2003 NFC Championship

2013 AFC Championship

Stats
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1978

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986–1988


1989–1991

1992–1993

1994–1995

1996

1997–2001

2002–2010

2011–present
San Diego State University
(graduate assistant)
Boise State University
(defensive backs coach)
Long Beach State University
(defensive backs coach)
University of Utah
(defensive backs coach)
University of Kansas
(defensive backs coach)
Iowa State University
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Express
(defensive backs coach)
University of Pittsburgh
(defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(defensive backs coach)
San Diego Chargers
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Raiders
(defensive coordinator)
St. Louis Rams
(personnel consultant)
New York Giants
(defensive coordinator)
Carolina Panthers
(head coach)
Denver Broncos
(head coach)

John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

A former defensive back, Fox is considered a defensive-minded coach, but has presided over a record setting offense, with quarterback Peyton Manning throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns, both records, in the 2013 NFL season, as the offense combined for 7,317 yards, also a record. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Broncos finished tied for 3rd in the NFL in sacks and 1st in rushing offense.[1]

Playing career[edit]

John Fox played football at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California under local celebrated coaches Gil Warren and Reldon "Bing" Dawson, and Southwestern College (California) also in Chula Vista from 1974-1975, before going to San Diego State, where he played defensive back with NFL player & head coach Herman Edwards. Fox received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned teaching credentials from San Diego State. He then proceeded to the NFL as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that contract was over he retired from the NFL.

Early coaching career[edit]

In 1979 John Fox was a defensive backs coach at U.S.I.U. Sid Gilman, past coach of the San Diego Chargers, was the Athletic Director at the time. In 1980, Fox was the defensive backs coach for the Boise State University Broncos when they won the FCS National Championship. In 1983, John Fox was a member of Mike Gottfried's University of Kansas staff, as the secondary coach. Fox followed Mike Gottfried to the University of Pittsburgh when Gottfried became Head Coach at Pitt in 1986. Fox was first the Defensive Backs coach and then was promoted to Defensive Coordinator by Gottfried. While at Pitt, Fox made some contacts with Pittsburgh Steeler coaches and when Gottfried was let go by Pitt, Fox got his first NFL coaching gig with the Steelers.

USFL[edit]

Fox began his first professional football coaching stint in the short-lived United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express in 1985.

NFL[edit]

He entered the NFL in 1989 as the secondary coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, later also holding this job with the San Diego Chargers. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders and later that of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV, which they lost.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

In 2002 Fox was signed as the third head coach of the Carolina Panthers, whose previous coach George Seifert had led the team to a disastrous 1-15 record in 2001. Fox's first regular season game was a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens which ended the Panthers' 15-game losing streak dating to the previous season. Fox and the Panthers posted a 7-9 record for the 2002 season (his first with the team), demonstrating a drastic improvement over the previous season.

In the 2003 season Fox led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32-29 to the New England Patriots on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In taking the Panthers to the Super Bowl, Fox joined Vince Lombardi as the only coaches to inherit a team that had won only one game in the season immediately prior to their hiring, and then took that team to the NFL Championship game. Fox also took the Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship game in the 2005 season, but they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2006 season was disappointing for Fox and the Panthers, as a team that had Super Bowl aspirations finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

The 2007 season saw the team finish with a record of 7-9, before finishing with a 12-4 record in the 2008 season, again heading to the playoffs in which they were routed by the Arizona Cardinals.

The 2009 season was disappointing to Fox and the Panthers much like 2006. The Panthers finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the NFC South division, missing the playoffs again.

The 2010 season saw the Panthers finish last in the league, at 2-14.

On December 31, 2010 Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced that he would not be renewing Fox's contract at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On January 13, 2011, Fox was selected to be the 14th head coach of the Denver Broncos. He was signed to a 4 year $14 million deal. He was chosen by the Broncos out of a list of 5 possible head coach candidates that included Broncos interim head coach and running backs coach Eric Studesville, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Fox was chosen based on his previous head coaching experience plus his 20+ years as an NFL coach.[2]

Fox is one of only two coaches, and the only one as a head coach, still working on the NFL sidelines that was once a member of former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll's coaching staff, the other being current Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart.[3] Tom Moore, currently an offensive consultant for the Arizona Cardinals, is still active in the league but works from home.

In week two of the 2012 season, Fox was fined $30,000 for chiding the replacement officials.[4]

In week 17 of the 2012 season, Fox won his 100th career game as an NFL head coach, including the playoffs, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3.

Due to a cardiac related issue, starting with week 10 of 2013, Fox was replaced by Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, as Fox underwent an aortic valve replacement.[5] Fox, while playing golf in North Carolina near his offseason home in Charlotte during the Broncos bye week, reported feeling dizzy and was taken to the hospital for examination where doctors told him not to put off valve replacement surgery any longer; he had done so earlier in the year to continue coaching this season.[6] On November 4, Fox temporarily relinquished his head coaching duties, named Jack Del Rio as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season, underwent successful aortic valve replacement surgery, and is now recuperating.[7]

He coached the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII in the 2013 season, where they played the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in the New Jersey MetLife Stadium. He is one of only two head coaches to win both an NFC and an AFC championship game along with Dan Reeves. On Feb 2, 2014, Broncos lost to the Seahawks 43-8. At the end of this game, his Super Bowl win-lose statistic as head coach is 0-2.

In April 2012, Fox received a three-year contract extension worth between $5 million and $6 million per year, replacing his contract that expired at the end of the 2014 NFL season.[8]

John Fox is only the second head coach in the history of the NFL to win four straight division titles since joining a new team.

Personal life[edit]

John Fox was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in San Diego, California after moving there at age 15. His father Ron was a US Navy SEAL. Fox is married to Robin Fox. They have three sons: Matthew, Mark and Cody, and a daughter, Halle. Known to his friends as "Foxy," Fox is an active community leader in the Carolinas. He and his wife Robin co-chair the annual Angels & Stars Gala benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR 2002 7 9 0 .438 4th in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2003 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC South 3 1 .750 Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
CAR 2004 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2005 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to Seattle Seahawks in NFC Championship Game.
CAR 2006 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2007 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2008 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Arizona Cardinals in NFC Divisional Game.
CAR 2009 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2010 2 14 0 .125 4th in NFC South - - - -
CAR Total 73 71 0 .507 5 3 .625
DEN 2011 8 8 0 .500 1st in AFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game.
DEN 2012 13 3 0 .812 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in AFC Divisional Game.
DEN 2013 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC West 2 1 .750 Lost to Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
DEN 2014 11 4 0 .769 1st in AFC West - - - -
DEN Total 45 18 0 .714 3 3 .500
Total[10] 118 89 0 .570 8 6 .615 -

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom John Fox has served:

Assistant coaches under John Fox who became NFL head coaches:

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Nolan
New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Johnnie Lynn
Preceded by
George Seifert
Carolina Panthers Head Coach
2002-2010
Succeeded by
Ron Rivera
Preceded by
Eric Studesville
Denver Broncos Head Coach
2011-Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent