The last time the Denver Broncos made it to the Super Bowl, John Fox was the head coach. Although the Seattle Seahawks blew them out, 43-8, in that game, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning remembers his time playing for him fondly.
Manning said Fox was one of the factors that lured him to Denver in the first place.
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I was grateful to play for Coach Fox. I was coming off a year that wasn't a lot of fun -- 2011, not playing, being injured. I had more neck surgeries than snaps that year. John Fox was a big reason why I came to Denver.
We had a great three years together. We had a special team on the Super Bowl team that got beat by a better team.
Fox, who just completed a 6-10 season in his first year as the head coach of the Chicago Bears, was with the Broncos from 2011-2014 and compiled a 46-18 regular-season record during that span (3-4 in the playoffs). The team won the NFC West four years in a row under his leadership, but two of Denver's four postseason appearances resulted in Divisional-round losses that followed first-round byes.
Before his tenure with the Broncos began, Fox spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2002-2010). He took them to the Super Bowl, too, but lost to the New England Patriots, 32-29, in January of 2004.
Now entering his second season of a rebuilding project with the Bears, Fox aims to overcome past shortcomings and land his first Lombardi Trophy as a head coach in Chicago.