In some rather sad news, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will be out a few weeks due to some heart problems that resulted in a surgery. Although everything appears to be going according to plan with Fox, he’ll need a while to recover. In the meantime, the reigns have been handed to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to assume the head coaching responsibilities.
Del Rio has been very good with the Broncos defense and is enjoying success in a coaching position finally as he is no longer caught up in the black hole that is the Jacksonville Jaguars organization. Some have even said that Del Rio has an opportunity to use this situation as more of an audition for future head coaching consideration.
While Del Rio has done a fantastic job coaching up this Broncos defense, the fact that he is now considered a head coaching candidate is jumping the gun a bit. It’s not going to be very difficult to look good if the team is winning because of how high-powered the offense in Denver has been.
Having a quarterback named Peyton Manning sure helps any head coach or interim coach look good, but because of that reason, Del Rio can’t be considered any big part of the team’s success in the near future as they wait for Fox to return. Of course, that means that any losses could be directly attributed to Del Rio in the near future.
It’s a delicate, and almost unfair, situation for the interim coach. Any success Denver has can be due to the play of Manning and the offense — assuming the defense doesn’t play exceptionally well — and Del Rio doesn’t necessarily have a position locked down for him as a head coach in the future.