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Published on 10/08/2011 at Sat Oct 08 08:00.
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John Fox has been coaching in the NFL since 1986 and owns a 78-74-0 all-time record as a head coach. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.

  • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

    Not that it’s relevant Kyle or Jon, but NFL.com and OaklandRaiders.com is saying that Al Davis died this morning.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Al Davis passed away this morning…

  • Anonymous

    It’s relevant.  The man was a legend. No matter how much we hated him.

  • NMBronc-in-DC

    Agreed, and it is relevant, because they will now likely get a real GM.

  • areferee

    You didn’t have to support Al Davis as a fierce opponent or even always agree with his methods to respect him and his mark upon the NFL landscape.  He was one of a kind.

    Condolences to his family, friends and Raider fans everywhere.

  • anthony33

    Davis always had a different point of view on most things.  He was definitely one of the top 3-5 people responsible for shaping what the NFL is today.  

    As a football/Bronco fan I hated the guy because they just beat the snot out of us for what,  twenty years?  As an innovator, business man, football guy… nothing but respect.

  • johnny

    San Diego may very well be the next coaching spot for Mr.Fox ?

  • Zigman

    Listen John Fox Ive been a broncos fan since I was a little kid growing up in denver. I just want top add a suggestio n. We need Orton to go downfield but he becomes inefficient in the red zone. He makes poor decisions when it comes to knowing when to run the ball. Therefore we need to put Tebow in solely when we get in  the red zone. I believe Our touchdown numbers will improve drastically. And When tebow is in there we need more passing from him we become too one dimensional because the defense “KNOWS” we are gonna run. Tim Tebow need to be our new “RED ZONE” QB. Thanks for Listening Sincerely David Zigman, student at the University of Colorado at Boulder.