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Published on 02/08/2012 at Wed Feb 08 14:00.
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On this date, fifty-seven years ago, Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was born.

After the jump, we’ll give a quick review of what Fox accomplished during his first season in Denver:

  • Fox helped quarterback Tim Tebow find success last season. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

    John Fox was named the 14th head coach in Denver Broncos history on Jan. 13, 2011. He joined Denver after spending the previous nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

  • Fox became just the third head coach since the 1970 NFL merger to take over a team with four or fewer victories the season before and lead it to a division title and at least one playoff win in his first season.
  • John Fox joined Red Miller (1977) this season as the only two individuals in franchise history to lead the club to a division title in his first year as head coach.  Overall, Fox is one of three head coaches to lead the Broncos to the postseason in his first year.
  • Fox lead the Broncos to a five-win improvement in his first season (from 4-12 to 9-9).  The team’s post-season appearance was also it’s first since the 2005 season.
  • Under Fox, Denver led the NFL and set a team record with 2,632 rushing yards in 2011 (with 164.5 rushing yards a game).  The defense also showed improvement, recording 41 sacks, which represented an improvement of 18 from the 2010 season.
  • Under Fox, six players represented the team in the NFL’s annual All-Star Game following the 2011 season.  Cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Brian Dawkins, offensive tackle Ryan Clady, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, running back Willis McGahee and linebacker Von Miller were the Broncos’ largest Pro Bowl complement since the 2001 season.
  • Fox finished third in the Associated Press’ NFL Coach of the Year Award voting.

The above information was compiled courtesy of the Broncos’ media relations team.  We would like to wish Fox a very Happy Birthday.  Here’s hoping for many more post-season-bound seasons to come under Fox!

  • Anonymous

    All that is great- but I would sum it up more simply. John Fox let me go in to any given weekend this fall with something other than the terrible, sinking “How will we inevitably screw up and come up way short of my expectations this time” feeling. Instead, I felt things like: eager anticipation, enthusiasm, and (for the first time in a long time) HOPE. Heck, I’m going to spend the entire off-season filled with, gasp, HOPE!

  • Anonymous

    All that is great- but I would sum it up more simply. John Fox let me go in to any given weekend this fall with something other than the terrible, sinking “How will we inevitably screw up and come up way short of my expectations this time” feeling. Instead, I felt things like: eager anticipation, enthusiasm, and (for the first time in a long time) HOPE. Heck, I’m going to spend the entire off-season filled with, gasp, HOPE!

  • Wiseman3

    John Fox did a great job coaching and deserves a great deal of credit for the Broncos turnaround. He truly deserved to be coach of the year.

  • Anonymous

    What a great feeling that has been, and continues to be. The regular season, Von Miller, Tebow, the Stiff Arm Heard Around the World, bringing in JDR.

    After all that has happened with this team this past season, I really needed a break from football! I’m really excited to get FA going and the draft.

  • Anonymous

    Foxy finished 3rd. That’s ok. Harbaugh definitely earned COY.