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Thursday
Jan222015

Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears' Offensive Coordinator

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gase will take the job as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.

ESPN reports Gase signed a three-year contract.

The 36-year-old Gase is reunited with Bears head coach John Fox, with whom he spent the past four seasons in Denver -- the last two as Fox's offensive coordinator.

Over the past two regular seasons, Gase commandeered a Broncos offense that led the NFL in scoring offense (34 points per game) and total offense (430.1 yards per game). He was also in charge when the Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 606 points in 2013.

Gase now takes over a Bears offense that, despite having weapons such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, ranked 23rd in scoring offense last season.


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Monday
Jan192015

Bears Introduce John Fox

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- John Fox wasn't without a job for long after he parted ways with the Denver Broncos following their playoff loss to the Colts.

Fox was introduced as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears on Monday and is looking forward to turning around the struggling franchise.

"This is a great, great honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Chicago Bears," Fox said. "The thing that excited me and my family was the storied franchise that this stood for. To be standing in the same role as George Halas is pretty remarkable and one that I take very seriously and with great responsibility moving forward."

Fox has been successful at turning around bad franchises -- he took a Carolina Panthers team that finished 1-15 in 2001 and led them to a Super Bowl in 2003, and he led the Broncos to four straight AFC titles and last year's Super Bowl after he took over a team that was 4-12.

"I've never predicted records," Fox said. "If I could do that I'd be at a racetrack somewhere. I can just say that we in the past have made pretty good jumps, so we're looking to do that. I can't predict exactly how fast or when that will happen, I just believe it will."

Chicago has missed the postseason seven out of the last eight years.


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Friday
Jan162015

Bears Hire John Fox as Head Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- John Fox was out of a job for less than a week before finding his new gig. ESPN is reporting that Fox has agreed on a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears to become the team's new head coach.

Fox had spent the previous four seasons with the Denver Broncos where he went 46-18, including three-straight AFC West division titles.

Despite the success, Fox and the Broncos parted ways following the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Fox will replace the recently departed Marc Trestman, who was fired after a 13-19 record over two seasons on the job. The franchise has missed the playoffs for four-consecutive seasons.

The Bears do have a talented, yet under achieving teams despite their recent futility. They have wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall along with running back Matt Forte. The teams defense has struggled in recent seasons, but Fox has a reputation for turning a team's defense around.

In 13 years as a head coach with the Carolina Panthers and Broncos, Fox has gone 119-89 and took both teams to the Super Bowl.


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Tuesday
Jan132015

Elway Explains Why Fox Is Out as Broncos Head Coach

Football Texture/iStockphoto(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said on Tuesday that the decision to mutually part ways with head coach John Fox was the result of the team not ending the season “kicking and screaming.”

Fox left the organization on Monday, a day after the Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-13.

“The main thing between John and I is we disagreed how to get to the next level,” Elway said. “Because we accomplished so much, four AFC West championships, but I think the biggest miss between us was how we are going to take that next step and what it was going to take to get to that next step.”

In four seasons roaming the sidelines for the Broncos, Fox went 46-18 (.719) in the regular season and 3-4 (.429) in the postseason. He led Denver to four consecutive AFC West division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.


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Monday
Jan122015

Broncos & Head Coach John Fox Mutually Agree to Part Ways

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced on Monday.

“John Fox and I met for more than an hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2014 season and our goals for the future,” said Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway. “During our open and candid conversation, it became clear that it was best for both the Denver Broncos and coach Fox to move on and make this change.”

In four seasons roaming the sidelines for the Broncos, Fox went 46-18 (.719) in the regular season and 3-4 (.429) in the postseason. He led Denver to four consecutive AFC West division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“It was an honor to coach the Denver Broncos, a first-class franchise with great fans and a winning tradition,” Fox said in a statement. “I am thankful to John, Mr. Bowlen and Joe Ellis for allowing me and my family to be part of this team and community.”

Fox departs a day after the Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-13.


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Friday
Nov142014

Peyton Manning: It Won't Be Easy in St. Louis

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the Rams.

Quarterback Peyton Manning is well aware of the Rams defense.

"Their front has been active all season long in my opinion," Manning said. "They got really good players, a lot of first round draft choices. That's where it starts for any defense, we've got to be able to control those guys somehow and that falls on everybody."

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders realizes that the Rams are hot right now.

"You can't take these guys lightly. Their last three games they faced San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, and they played those guys really well," Sanders said. "This is a good football team that we're facing with a great defensive line and we're playing them at home, we definitely have to bring our A-game."

Denver comes into the game at 7-2 and is 2-2 on the road this year.

The Rams (3-6) announced this week that Shaun Hill will be the starting quarterback.


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Saturday
Oct042014

Broncos Cut Kicker Matt Prater

National Football League(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos released veteran kicker Matt Prater on Friday, citing a "football decision". Prater was scheduled to be activated Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

With the move, Denver will put all their faith in Brandon McManus for the remainder of the season. The Broncos acquired the 23-year-old in a trade with the New York Giants, giving up a seventh-round pick in return. McManus has converted all three field goal attempts this year, none longer than 24 yards.

I've been very impressed with him, he's got great potential, he's a great young kicker,'' Broncos head coach John Fox said. "We feel really good, and part of any football decision [is], you go with who you think gives you the best chance.''

The most accurate kicker in franchise history, Prater also holds the league record for longest field goal made, a 64-yard kick in 2013. 


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Thursday
Sep182014

Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the NFL's new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

"It feels great, it feels great,'' Welker said. " ... You really realize how much you miss it.''

Welker continued, "It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.''

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. "Good to have Wes back,'' he said. "Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning...I know he's been excited to get back out here.''


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Sunday
Aug242014

Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) -- Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.

"It was determined it was a concussion," said Denver head coach John Fox. "He'll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety."

The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.

Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.

There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.


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Saturday
Apr052014

Broncos Reward Head Coach John Fox with a 3-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a busy offseason adding players to their team, the Denver Broncos have given head coach John Fox a three-year extension.

Fox' deal will keep him on the Broncos sidelines through the 2016 season.

"We are pleased to reach this agreement with John Fox, who has played a key role in the success and improvement of the Broncos during the last three seasons," Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway said in a statement. "While our team has made progress each year under Coach Fox, we both understand that there is still work to be done for us to reach our ultimate goal."

Fox has helped steadily improve the Broncos since taking over the team back in 2011. He's 34-14 during the regular season with the Broncos, and has gone 3-3 in the playoffs.

Fox helped guide the Broncos to the Super Bowl this past season after 13-3 regular season, but lost the big game to the Seattle Seahawks.

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