Broncos introduce Fox as head coach

Posted Jan. 14, 2011 @ 3:40 p.m.
Posted By Alex Mayster

The Broncos introduced John Fox as the franchise's head coach on Friday, giving the former Panthers head man an opportunity to address the media and fans for the first time.

Fox touched on many subjects in his opening press conference, starting with whether or not CB Champ Bailey will return next season.

"There's no question that Champ Bailey is a terrific, great football player," Fox said of the veteran corner, who is set to become a free agent. "I think right now at this point in the process it's a little bit hard.

"We will do everything we can to get the best human talent on the field. I think right now it's too early to say."

He went on to speak about the roster as a whole, touching on QB Tim Tebow, whom he met in Gainesville, Fla., prior to last season's draft.

When Fox took Tebow out to dinner it was the quarterback, not the coach, that originally paid the bill. Fox had full intentions of paying and ultimately had the waiter switch the charge, but said it was the first time he has seen a player make such a gesture.

As a player, Fox said he sees a lot of potential in Tebow.

"He'll do whatever it takes," Fox said. "He has as good of intangibles as any athlete I've been around. I think nothing but upside is going to occur for him moving forward."

Fox said his coaching style is not one of dictatorship, as he likes to make those around him feel like they are working with him, rather than for him. He chose not to share too many details on how his staff is coming together; saying only that the process is going well.

He did discuss current Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who coached under Fox in Carolina before coming to Denver in 2009, saying that McCoy is under consideration to remain with the team.

"He has other options just like we have other options," Fox said. "I might even know him better then people in the Broncos' organization. I definitely hold him in high regard and he is definitely in consideration."