John Fox, Not Tim Tebow, the Reason for Denver Broncos' Success

Anthony BonnetCorrespondent INovember 19, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Denver Broncos head coach John Fox walks the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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During the preseason, many wondered who would be the starter come regular season—Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow.

Broncos head coach John Fox went with (clearly) the better quarterback in Kyle Orton, and had almost no success. After the season looked to be in disarray for the Broncos, he switched the starting quarterback before it was too late. 

Tim Tebow's success is not because Tim Tebow is a good quarterback—it's because John Fox gave him the system he knows how to work best, which almost no other head coach in the NFL would have done.

While the second-year man out of Florida isn't throwing as good as Aaron Rodgers, or even as good as Mark Sanchez, he's still winning games because of the offense he is in.

Not only has Fox made the correct moves there, but he also had a spectacular draft in April. Linebacker Von Miller has proven to be an absolute stud out of Texas A&M and has racked up 9.5 sacks so far this season, good for third behind only Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware.

Their second-round pick, Rahim Moore, has started six games in the secondary, and third-round pick Orlando Franklin has started all games at right tackle, progressing to become one of the better right tackles in the league.

The Broncos' acquisitions have been pretty good, too. Brodrick Bunkley has risen to be a force, even making the best center in the league (Nick Mangold) have a poor day this past week. Willis McGahee, the former Baltimore Raven, stole the starting gig from oft-injured Knowshon Moreno, and has rushed for 658 yards and three touchdowns on 139 carries.

With a 4.7 average yards per carry, McGahee is on track for a thousand-yard season, his first since 2007 (his first year with the Ravens). With Moreno out for the year, he will look to get even more carries as the season progresses, as the Broncos don't have much depth behind the 30-year-old. 

He has brought a great attitude to the Denver Broncos team, along with John Elway, now the VP of football operations for the organization. Denver has won their last three games, and have done so impressively.

While Tim Tebow is getting a lot of the praise for bringing this team from the dirt, it's really John Fox's ability to adjust and adapt to his players that's really working. 


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