Losing your head coach in the middle of a season is never a good thing. The Denver Broncos were no doubt dealt a blow with the news of John Fox having to undergo heart surgery. But as they say, the show must go on. The first step in that process was naming an interim head coach. The Broncos did so on Monday, as they appointed Jack Del Rio to the position.
If you’re a Broncos’ fan, you should like this decision. Del Rio has nine years of head coaching experience and did a pretty good job in his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In total, Del Rio amassed a win/loss record of 73-63 from 2003-2011. Sure, it’s not the greatest of win/loss records, but there’s something to be said for a winning record in Jacksonville.
I’m sure there are some Broncos’ fans that are worried because Del Rio is a defensive-minded guy. I’d probably feel the same way, if it wasn’t for Peyton Manning. With nearly any other team in the same position, it would be a different story. But not with Manning. The guy is basically a coach on the field already. Heck, I think the Broncos would even be okay without an offensive coordinator. If push came to shove, Peyton could call every single play and the Broncos would be just fine.
So while losing Fox is far from ideal, Denver is in very good hands for the time being. Del Rio knows how to lead a team and so does Manning. The two together will easily be able to fill the void while Fox recovers from his surgery.