John Fox
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Fox in January 2011
Date of birth (1955-02-08) February 8, 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Virginia Beach, Virginia
College San Diego State
Career record 73-71-0 (Regular Season)
5-3 (Postseason)
78-74-0 (Overall)
2003 NFC Championship
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator














San Diego State University
(graduate assistant)
Boise State University
(defensive backs coach)
Long Beach State University
(defensive backs coach)
University of Utah
(defensive backs coach)
University of Kansas
(defensive backs coach)
Iowa State University
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Express
(defensive backs coach)
University of Pittsburgh
(defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(defensive backs coach)
San Diego Chargers
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Raiders
(defensive coordinator)
St. Louis Rams
(personnel consultant)
New York Giants
(defensive coordinator)
Carolina Panthers
(head coach)
Denver Broncos
(head coach)

John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is an American Football coach who is currently head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

Playing careerEdit

John Fox played football at Castle Park High School under local celebrated coaches Gil Warren and Reldon "Bing" Dawson and Southwestern College (California) in Chula Vista from 1974-1975 before going to San Diego State, where he played defensive back with NFL player & head coach Herman Edwards. Fox received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned teaching credentials from San Diego State.

Early Coaching CareerEdit

In 1983, John Fox was a member of Mike Gottfried's University of Kansas staff, as the secondary coach. Fox followed Mike Gottfried to the University of Pittsburgh when Gottfried became Head Coach at Pitt in 1986. Fox was first the Defensive Backs coach and then was promoted to Defensive Coordinator by Gottfried. While at Pitt, Fox made some contacts with Pittsburgh Steeler coaches and when Gottfried was let go by Pitt, Fox got his first NFL coaching gig with the Steelers.


Fox began his first professional football coaching stint in the short-lived United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express.


He entered the NFL in 1989 as the secondary coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, later also holding this job with the San Diego Chargers. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders and later that of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV, which they lost.

Carolina PanthersEdit

In 2002 Fox was signed as the third head coach of the Panthers, whose previous coach George Seifert had led the team to a disastrous 1-15 record in 2001. Fox's first regular season game was a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens which ended the Panthers' 15-game losing streak dating to the previous season. Fox and the Panthers posted a 7-9 record for the 2002 season (his first with the team), demonstrating a drastic improvement over the previous season.

In the 2003 season Fox led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32-29 to the New England Patriots on a last-minute field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In taking the Panthers to the Super Bowl, Fox joined Vince Lombardi as the only coaches to inherit a team that had won only one game in the season immediately prior to their hiring, and then took that team to the NFL Championship game. Fox also took the Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship game in the 2005 season, but they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2006 season was disappointing for Fox and the Panthers, as a team that had Super Bowl aspirations finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

The 2007 season saw the team finish with a record of 7-9, before finishing with a 12-4 record in the 2008 season, again heading to the playoffs in which they were routed by the Arizona Cardinals.

The 2009 season was disappointing to Fox and the Panthers much like 2006. The Panthers finished the season 8-8 and in third place in the NFC South division, missing the playoffs again.

The 2010 season saw the Panthers finish last in the league, at 2-14.

On December 31st, 2010 Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced he will not be renewing Fox's contract at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Denver BroncosEdit

On January 13, 2011, Fox was selected to be the 14th head coach of the Denver Broncos. He was signed to a 4 year $14 million dollar deal. He was chosen by the Broncos out of a list of 5 possible head coach candidates that included Broncos interim head coach and former running backs coach Eric Studesville, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Fox was chosen based on his previous head coaching experience plus his 20+ years as an NFL coach.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

John Fox was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in San Diego, California after moving there at age 15. His father Ron was a US Navy SEAL. Fox is married to Robin Fox. They have three sons: Matthew, Mark and Cody, and a daughter, Halle. Fox is an active community leader in the Carolinas. He and his wife Robin co-chair the annual Angels & Stars Gala benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[2] he made the super bowl in 2003

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR2002 790.4384th in NFC South - - - -
CAR2003 1150.6881st in NFC South31.750Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
CAR2004 790.4383rd in NFC South - - - -
CAR2005 1150.6882nd in NFC South21.667Lost to Seattle Seahawks in NFC Championship Game.
CAR2006 880.5002nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR2007 790.4382nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR2008 1240.7501st in NFC South01.000 Lost to Arizona Cardinals in NFC Divisonal Game.
CAR2009 880.5003rd in NFC South - - - -
CAR2010 2140.1254th in NFC South - - - -
Total[3]73710.50653.625 -

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom John Fox has served:

Assistant coaches under John Fox who became NFL head coaches:


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Nolan
New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Johnnie Lynn
Preceded by
George Seifert
Carolina Panthers Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Ron Rivera
Preceded by
Eric Studesville
Denver Broncos Head Coaches
Succeeded by

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