Just when things seemed to go right for the Denver Broncos, an unexpected event has occurred.
John Fox, the head coach for the Broncos since the 2011 season, might be facing surgery for his heart that could sideline him for the next couple weeks. It’s never a good thing when a head coach goes down to something so serious, but I believe that the Broncos should be in good hands when it comes to an interim coach.
They have Jack Del Rio, who has proven to be a coach with the will to win as he led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the playoffs twice, including winning a playoff game in 2007 and nearly beating the undefeated New England Patriots in that run. Adam Gase probably will not take over, but he has a great quarterback in Peyton Manning to help him out in case they get in trouble.
It is unfortunate that the Broncos could lose their head coach for a good chunk of the second half of their 2013 season, but the organization will be in good hands with the supporting cast that Fox has behind him. We know that he will be back in time for the playoffs in the worst-case scenario if the Broncos make it; and let’s be honest, barring any huge event, Denver will be there.
It will be interesting to see if the Broncos can pull off the same thing that the Indianapolis Colts did last season with Chuck Pagano gone for an extended period of time. The Broncos will be just fine for the time being.