John Fox swept out of office with his entire coaching staff

Jeff Legwold, ESPN
"I had a productive visit with John Elway this afternoon in which we were both very honest about our time together and how to best move forward," Fox said in a statement Monday. "After this discussion, John and I mutually agreed that the timing was right for this decision."

Karen Crouse, NYTimes:
The Denver Broncos are like the perky family whose holiday card is the picture of beatitude. Outwardly, it looks as if all is well. What others fail to see, but what is glaring to the Broncos, is the shadow darkening this season’s group portrait.

On July 23, 2014, Denver Broncos' Owner, Pat Bowlen relinquished control of the team to Joe Ellis. Pat had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.- Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

For John Fox, this year was the toughest of his four years in Denver. The 2014 season was even rougher than the 2013 heart condition procedure to correct his defective aortic valve that forced Fox to miss four games. The Bronco's head coach clearly missed his friend, Pat Bowlen. “I’ve missed him a lot. In my tenure here, it was not unusual that every day he’d stop by my office and visit.”

John Fox and Pat Bowlen had lockers next to each other in the coaches room. They would discuss various items each day. Fox would apologize to the owner if the Broncos suffered a home loss. Pat would always say,
"You didn't play a down.'

Denver Team President, John Elway spoke to reporters on July 23rd informing the press on Pat Bowlen's retirement. The first words out of his mouth were, “This place will never be the same.”

The Broncos are a riderless horse without Bowlen. John Elway was right about that. A 12-4 record in 2014, three 12 win seasons, one Super Bowl appearance in four years and a 2-3 post season record is not enough for John Fox to keep his job. John Elway is giving John Fox more than his best wishes.

A fresh start in the Windy City is just what the doctor ordered.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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