Putting a bow on Fox hire (for now)
January, 13, 2011
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Random thoughts on Denver’s hiring of John Fox as head coach:
- If Mike McCoy -- who worked for Fox in Carolina -- stays on as offensive coordinator, the Chiefs will have to move on to other candidates. It has been reported McCoy was a favorite to replace Charlie Weis.
- Jim Skipper could also join the Denver staff. He was Fox’s assistant head coach/ running backs coach in Carolina.
- A couple of defensive coordinator candidates are Ron Meeks and Sal Sunseri. They both have strong histories with Fox.
- Fox is a 4-3 coach and he is expected to run that defensive alignment in Denver, although he hasn't committed to it. He can also run a 3-4. The Broncos ran a 3-4 defense the past two years under Josh McDaniels. If Fox sticks to the 4-3, it will be interesting to see what Fox does with linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who missed the entire 2010 season with a pectoral injury he suffered in training camp. Dumervil signed a long-term contract earlier in the summer.
- Dumervil flourished in the 3-4 in 2008 when he led the NFL with 17 sacks. Dumervil also had some success in the 4-3 defense used by Mike Shanahan. The key for Fox will be to figure ways to keep Dumervil on the field as much as possible and not compromise the defense in run situations.
- I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox pushes to keep free-agent cornerback Champ Bailey. Fox loves veterans and I’m sure he’d like to move forward with the star cornerback on the team.
- Ironically, Fox is represented by Bob Lamonte, who also represents Josh McDaniels. The Broncos and Lamonte worked on a settlement for McDaniels recently.