Busy day for Broncos’ Elway, Fox includes pro-day workouts at Auburn
These days, the Johns get started early.
John Elway arrived at John Fox’s house Tuesday at 6 a.m. and together two-thirds of the Broncos’ brain trust embarked on a long, busy day of public appearances and nitty-gritty football business.
There were hands to shake and pictures to take at 6:30 a.m. at a VIP reception before the annual Boy Scouts of America sports breakfast at the Pepsi Center, where Fox, the new Denver coach, delivered the keynote speech to more than 1,000 business leaders. it was Fox’s first big public event since his hiring by Elway and the Broncos nearly two months ago.
Fox spoke for almost 20 minutes, and it was mostly an introduction. He talked about his wife and his four children, about his parents and his football background. He made some big promises — that the Broncos would win, sooner rather than later — and said the team’s goal in the NFL’s April 28-30 draft is selecting an impact player with the no. 2 pick.
“I’m looking forward to the community getting to know him,” Elway said of Fox. “I’ve gotten to know him the last couple of months and not only is he a tremendous coach, he’s a tremendous person. so this should be a lot of fun.”
First up on the pro-day circuit was Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Fairley and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton are expected to be top-five draft picks.
The Broncos have a number of major needs but none greater than defensive tackle, which is likely why the team gave Fairley a close look Tuesday.
Fairley and Newton didn’t run the 40-yard dash on campus, but both did position drills. Newton threw more than 50 passes to receivers. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Newton’s performance “was way better than the (recent scouting) combine.”
Most important, though, to the Broncos in these on-campus sessions are the private meetings, which could be brief or could last several hours.
“For me,” Fox said, “the pro day is more for the individual meetings. you set it up, put them on the board, get to really find out what’s inside of the helmet, instead of just watching tape. Our scouts do a great job as far as finding out about players. but for coaches, and head coaches in particular, it’s the first time we have the time to really meet these guys and find out what makes them tick.”
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