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John Fox checked into hospital under alias ‘Johnny Drama’

John Fox Johnny Drama

Sounds like John Fox is a big “Entourage” fan.

When the Denver Broncos head coach checked into a North Carolina hospital last month for heart surgery, he used the alias “Johnny Drama,” The Denver Post confirmed.

“Johnny Drama” is the name of a popular character played by Kevin Dillon on HBO’s hit TV show “Entourage.”

The best part of this story might be that when Post reporter Ryan Parker tweeted the news, he received a response from Jerry Ferrara, the actor who plays “Turtle” in the series:

No word if Fox ordered his nurses to hand-pick raisins from Raisin Bran to add into his cereal. We do have hidden-camera footage of Fox’s reaction after being told his surgery was a success:

H/T Eye on Football

John Fox returning to coach Denver Broncos on Monday

John FoxJohn Fox will return to work on Monday as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, four weeks after he underwent heart surgery, the team announced Thursday.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer says Fox will return to work on Monday and coach in the team’s Week 14 game against the Tennessee Titans, though he’s unsure if that will be in the booth or on the sidelines.

“John Fox has been cleared by doctors to return as head coach of the Denver Broncos beginning Monday. We are very pleased that his recovery from a heart procedure on Nov. 4 has progressed so well,” the team said in a statement.

“Our organization is confident that his health will allow him to meet his head coaching responsibilities. While no formal restrictions will be placed on his workload upon return, he will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as his well-being remains our No. 1 priority.

“We look forward to Coach Fox’s return to the team on Monday.”

Fox was taken to the hospital on Nov. 2 after experiencing health problems on the golf course. After undergoing tests, it was determined that he would need to have the heart valve surgery. Fox actually had plans to undergo the surgery in the offseason, but he bumped them up after experiencing the issues.

The initial timetable for Fox’s absence was 4-6 weeks, so if he returns to work on Monday, he would be at the very early end of that projection.

John Fox to have heart surgery, will miss 4-6 weeks

John FoxDenver Broncos head coach John Fox will have heart surgery in North Carolina on Tuesday and likely be out 4-6 weeks, according to a report.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer reported the news about Fox’s surgery and says the head coach has known for a while that he would need this operation. Glazer adds that Fox was slated to have the aortic procedure this offseason, but the condition deteriorated faster than expected. Fox actually met with his doctor during the bye week to schedule the procedure for February, but after feeling light-headed on the golf course Saturday, he went to the hospital for tests and has now scheduled the surgery for the coming week.

Glazer says Fox is still determining who the team’s interim head coach will be. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was a longtime head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, could make the most sense.

The Broncos are 7-1 and currently on their bye.

John Fox in hospital after feeling light-headed – no heart attack

John FoxDenver Broncos head coach John Fox was taken to the hospital on Saturday after feeling light-headed on the golf course and is said to be “doing fine” despite the initial scare.

There were initial reports that Fox, who is in his third season coaching the Broncos, suffered a heart attack, but a team spokesman says that’s not the case.

Broncos executive director of media relations Patrick Smyth says he talked with Fox, whom he described as being in good spirits.

“I am doing fine. We are just running some tests and will know more in a few hours,” Fox said in a text message.

The 7-1 Broncos are on their bye week.

UPDATE: Fox will have heart surgery and miss 4-6 weeks.

John Fox calls Jim Irsay comments a ‘cheap shot’ at Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning BroncosDenver Broncos head coach John Fox responded to Jim Irsay seemingly slighting Peyton Manning by calling the comments of the Indianapolis Colts owner a “cheap shot.”

The Broncos are visiting the Colts on Sunday for what will be Manning’s first game back at Lucas Oil Stadium since the team cut him following multiple neck surgeries and replaced him with No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck.

In an interview with USA Today, Irsay expressed disappointment that the Colts only won one Super Bowl during the Peyton Manning era. He also took a shot at Manning’s tendency to put up huge numbers and fizzle out in the playoffs.

[Related: Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: We chose Super Bowls over stats]

On Tuesday, Fox responded to Irsay and defended his quarterback during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Movin’ the Chains” hosted by Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan.

“I saw the comments. And to be honest with you, I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox told the hosts. “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate.

“Peyton would never say anything. He’s too classy to do that. They sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me. For a guy who has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I’d be thankful for that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don’t have one.”

Many insiders believe that Fox calling Irsay’s comments “inappropriate” and a “cheap shot” is also a representation of how Manning feels. Like Fox said, Manning is above responding publicly to avoid joining the circus leading up to the game, so Fox is saying it for him.

Below you can hear Fox’s comments.

John Fox Regrets Saying Tim Tebow Would be Screwed ‘I’m His Biggest Fan’

Broncos head coach John Fox regrets the comments he made earlier this week to NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington about quarterback Tim Tebow. While watching film with Darlington in the room, Fox said Tebow would be screwed if he were trying to run a regular offense. Not many people would disagree with that remark — most people recognize that the Broncos have changed their offense to suit Tebow’s strengths — but it was surprising to hear something negative come from the head coach.

The way Fox made his remark, it was more of a backhanded compliment to Tim. Regardless, Fox regrets saying it.

“I screwed up,” Fox said Friday at his news conference. “What bothers me about that is I love Tim Tebow. How can you not? I’m his biggest fan.

“It’s my fault,” Fox said. “What bothers me about that quote is I love the guy. All I was talking about was how this is a different way to run the ball. Everybody wants to put a name on it. All we’re doing is tweaking the running game so we match up with what Tim does well. And I’m telling you, he’s getting better as a passer. He is improving.

“But that was one time where I lost sleep over it. I don’t ever lose sleep over things like this, but I felt terrible about it. We were 1-4 and now we’re 5-5. Believe me, I’m Tim Tebow’s biggest fan.”

Here’s the important thing to remember: Tim Tebow likely would not have success in a pass-heavy offense. That doesn’t mean he can never become a good passer, it just means that running the ball most of the time is what he does best right now. Fox knows that and he regrets knocking the guy who’s helping to save his job.

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John Fox: Tim Tebow Would be Screwed in Regular Offense

The Denver Broncos have completely altered their offense to fit Tim Tebow’s strengths, and it helped produce a win over the Chiefs Sunday. Tim Tebow only attempted eight passes, and he completed just two of them. He did not attempt a pass in the first quarter, and his first completion did not come until late in the third quarter. He’s not playing the quarterback position the conventional way, but rather as a runner. Head coach John Fox says that’s because Tebow would be screwed if he had to play in a typical passing offense.

“Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense,” Fox told NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington. “You know what I mean?

“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”

That’s a backhanded compliment if we’ve ever heard one. Is Fox telling the truth? Probably. Tebow isn’t your typical drop-back passer, and the Broncos would be less productive if they tried to use him that way. They’re playing to his strengths, and Fox is telling it like it is.

The only problem — and I’m sure Fox recognizes this — is that you can’t last in the NFL as a one-dimensional team. If you’re running the ball 75% of the time (or more), opposing defenses will know what to do to stop. Not all of them will be able to, but it’s much easier to plan for. Sure, the Broncos running the ball can bore the secondary, but this approach won’t be successful longterm.