The 2014 AFC Championship is a matchup of two great quarterbacks, but few NFL fans are talking about the incredibly interesting coaching battle that is also attached to the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos tilt. Everyone knows about the Patriots’ head coach as Bill Belichick is oftentimes referred to as the best football coach of all time. However, the Broncos are also led by quite the coach as John Fox‘s resume is missing just one thing — a Lombardi Trophy.
The last and only time Fox had a serious shot at Super Bowl glory was over a decade ago in 2003, when Fox captained the Carolina Panthers all the way to Super Sunday. Unfortunately for Fox, Carolina was purely outplayed by the Belichick-led Patriots as Tom Brady went on to win his second Super Bowl ring in three years. This time, Fox is going up agasint the Belichick-Brady combination with a quarterback that is just a tad better than Jake Delhomme — okay, a lot better.
Peyton Manning also has a monkey on his back when it comes to topping the Patriots, but nothing like the silverback gorilla attached to Fox. In seven contests against Belichick, Fox has an overall record of 1-6, which also includes two heartbreaking playoff defeats. Needless to say, Fox has done a masterful job in Denver and if he can slay the Patriots and make it to a Super Bowl a second time with a completely different team over a decade later, then this Broncos’ coach will be knocking on the door for a spot in Canton.