Broncos coach John Fox doesn't miss beat in first game back

8:03 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox reacts from the sidelines during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - With the game-time temperature at 18 degrees and dropping, no one at Sports Authority Field felt warmer than John Fox.

And it didn't take long for the Denver head coach to get back to his wild ways. During the Broncos' 51-28 win over Tennessee, Fox had the offense go for it on three four-down plays - twice on the first drive.

Then at the end of the half he had Matt Prater go out for an NFL-record 64-yard field goal.

John Fox is back.

"I felt great, I really did," Fox said. "It feels great to be back. I had a good week for practicing, energy level and all that. I feel outstanding. ... I really forgot how fun that was."

Back on the sidelines for the first time since the Oct. 27 against Washington, the 58-year-old Denver coach is just five weeks removed from open-heart surgery.

During the week of practices outside, Fox bundled up, and his doctors were confident the cold weather this week has affected his recovery. Fox said earlier this week he wanted to be on the sidelines because "you have a little bit better feel for the players. You look right into their eyes. Communication-wise it's direct, and you're not going through somebody."

The Broncos will have a full schedule the next four days with a short week. Denver plays again Thursday at home against San Diego in the regular-season home finale. That means a tighter schedule for Monday-Wednesday at Dove Valley.

"You know, our goal is still to win the division, and get the best seed we can," Fox said Sunday. "But our biggest goal is to get to the big game and win the big game."

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