Posted Sat Oct 8th by Jon Heath
A lot of things have changed in the NFL over the past twenty years.
In 1991, linebacker Mike Croel was drafted by the Denver Bronocs, quarterback Brett Favre played for the Atlanta Falcons and John Fox was coaching the San Diego Chargers secondary.
Fox has been coaching in football since 1978 when he was a graduate assistant at San Diego State University. After six years coaching at the collegiate level, Fox coached the secondary of the Los Angeles Express, a USFL team that did not exist very long.
Following another season of coaching college football, Fox joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1986 before joining the Chargers in 1989. Under Fox, San Diego’s secondary notched nineteen interceptions during the 1990 season.
Fox would go on to become the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders (1994-1995) and that of the New York Giants (1997-2001). Fox helped the Giants defense reach Super Bowl XXXV and in 2003, as the head coach in Carolina, Fox’s Panthers reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, only to lose 32-29 to the New England Patriots on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
Not surprisingly, none of the Chargers players or main coaches from the 1991 season remain in San Diego, only the owner, Alex Spanos, has any connections with Fox. With that said, Fox is familiar with the AFC West and the Chargers — Sunday’s game won’t be the first time he has coached against them.
Interestingly, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton‘s center at Purdue University was Nick Hardwick, who now snaps to San Diego’s Phillip Rivers. Without a doubt, the Chargers and Broncos are certainly familiar with each other.