NFL Team Report - Denver Broncos - INSIDE SLANT


The Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox agreed to a three-year contract extension on Friday that runs through the 2016 season.

According to the Denver Post, Fox will receive $5.5 million per year under terms of the new deal, an increase from the $3.5 million he was due to make in 2014.

The 59-year-old Fox helped guide the Broncos to the Super Bowl last season. His overall record is 115-91 in 12 NFL seasons and 37-17 with three AFC West titles in three years with Denver.

Said John Elway, executive vice-president of football operations, "We are pleased to reach this agreement with John Fox, who has played a key role in the success and improvement of the Broncos during the last three seasons. While our team has made progress each year under Coach Fox, we both understand that there is still work to be done for us to reach our ultimate goal.

"Having continuity at the head coaching position is critical in building a championship team, and John Fox is an important part of our foundation as we move forward."

Said Fox, "I want to thank John Elway and the Broncos organization for the trust they have shown in me with this agreement. I'm proud of what our teams have accomplished, but our expectations are much greater as we pursue the Super Bowl championship that our fans deserve.

"It's a privilege to coach the Broncos, and I am fully committed to the continuous improvement of our football team."



--The Broncos have gone all-in for the 2014 season, signing pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Aqib Talib in an effort to upgrade the defense enough to support quarterback Peyton Manning and the record-setting offense.

What the franchise looks like 12 months from now is anyone's guess.

Manning is in a year-to-year situation, the team is relying on several aging veterans as it chases a Super Bowl title with a shrinking window and even head coach John Fox is entering the final year of his contract.

Fox said the sides "are working on" his contract, but he's not concerned about potentially entering the 2014 season as a "lame-duck" coach.

"Really, I'm going to coach my rear end off no matter what happens," Fox said at the NFL league meetings Tuesday. "That's in people's hands and I feel confident something will happen. Either way, I'm going to be fine. I'm under contract."

Fox is solely focused on next season. He feels "a bunch better" following his health scare during last season, and isn't concerned about his health going forward.

As for the crushing 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl? Fox waited a week before watching the film.

"Probably everything," Fox joked when asked what he would change about that game. "Right now I would like to get there. If you don't win that last game it gnaws on you. It really kind of never goes away. It's like a scar. You learn from it, you move on and you do everything you can to get better."

The Broncos have undergone a bit of a facelift since that game. Gone are wide receiver Eric Decker, guard Zane Beadles and future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey. But the Broncos were aggressive in signing Ware and Talib after the defense was exposed in the Super Bowl.

The offense is also poised to turn over the backfield reigns to second-year running back Montee Ball, whose playing time increased last season as he improved in his pass blocking.

"He's a tremendous young player," said Fox. "He improved a lot - we needed him to a year ago. I thought he turned into a pro. He understands how to prepare. Sometimes that may take a while. It didn't take him as long. We're looking for him to make good leaps.