Broncos Hire Former Panthers Coach John Fox, Elway Says in Twitter Post

The Denver Broncos reached agreement with John Fox to become their next head coach and will introduce him tomorrow at a news conference.

“He’s a dynamic and proven leader,” John Elway, the Hall of Fame former Broncos quarterback who this month became the team’s vice president of football operations, said in a statement on Denver’s website. “He’s coached great defenses, turned teams around and been to Super Bowls.”

Denver didn’t disclose contract terms with Fox, who spent the past nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. The 55-year-old was defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from 1997-2001 and has worked for seven professional teams and seven college programs.

The Panthers on Dec. 31 announced with one game remaining on their National Football League schedule that Fox’s contract would not be renewed. Carolina went 2-14 this season, the first time during his tenure that his squad failed to win at least seven games. He departed with a 73-71 record, reaching the Super Bowl during the 2003 campaign before a 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Broncos on Dec. 6 fired Josh McDaniels with four games remaining in the season and the team at 3-9. McDaniels won his first six games after being hired by Denver in January 2009. He went 5-17 in his final 22 games before being replaced on an interim basis by running backs coach Eric Studesville.

Twitter Feeds

Today’s announcement came first on the Twitter feed of Elway and was followed by an e-mailed news release from the team.

“Fox is a great fit for us, not only with his coaching ability, but also with his personality,” Elway said in the team’s statement.

The Broncos have used Twitter to reveal details of their coaching search -- something rare among NFL teams -- posting updates on who the candidates were and who removed his name from consideration, as well as posting pre-interview videos with the coaches on their website. Others interviewed were Rick Dennison, Dirk Koetter, Gregg Williams and Perry Fewell, as well as Studesville, according to Elway’s Twitter feed.

“There’s a lot of talk about the Broncos and a lot of interest, and we want to have one of the loudest voices,” team spokesman Patrick Smyth said today in a telephone interview about the team’s social-media strategy. “If people are going to be talking about the Denver Broncos, we want to have a say in that discussion.”

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