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Notebook: Fox Recaps Comeback Win

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Fox talks Tebow, Miller and making in-game adjustments.


TEBOW CONTINUING TO IMPROVE

Quarterback Tim Tebow moved to 4-1 as a starter this season, and Head Coach John Fox said he has seen improvement from the second-year player with each game he gets under his belt.

“He’s gotten better every week,” Fox said Monday. “I don’t know if you all see it, but we see it. He was better last night than he was a week before as far as passing the football. He’ll continue to do that. There is no doubt in my mind. Just like any young player, any young quarterback, it’s going to take some time and some experiences.”

Fox credited Tebow with shrugging off his critics and continuing to do what he does best – win football games.

“I think a guy like him — he’s real; he walks the walk — a guy like that in today’s society, in my mind, ought to be celebrated and not scrutinized to the level that he is,” Fox said. “That’s just one man’s opinion, but he’s got our team from 1-4 back to 5-5.”

CHARGERS, TAKE TWO

Next up for the Broncos are the San Diego Chargers, who left Denver with a 29-24 victory in Week 5. Trailing 23-10 at halftime of that game, Fox made the switch at quarterback, bringing in Tebow, who led the team to within a two-point conversion of tying the game in the final minutes.

Since then, Tebow has quarterbacked the team to a 4-1 record and has Denver within a half-game of first place in the AFC West.

A lot has changed since that contest, so even though it’s been just over a month since the teams last squared off, Fox expects both teams to adjust their strategies this time around.

“It’s hard to predict,” Fox said “People have gotten to see what we’re doing a little bit. We get to change a little bit of what we’re doing. There is an element of surprise in everything. There’s an element of adjusting.”

With each game taking on its own personality, Fox talked about the importance of adapting to the game as it unfolds.

“It’s like if someone asks, ‘What’s your eighth move in a chess match?’ Well, you can’t answer that because you haven’t seen the other seven moves,” Fox said. “That’s what this game is, a game of adjusting. Each one of them takes on its own personality. There are different matchups, different styles. So each week brings something new.”

MILLER MAKING AN IMPACT

Linebacker Von Miller finished Thursday night’s game with a team-high 10 tackles to go along with 1.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss, four quarterback hits and one pass breakup. The rookie out of Texas A&M improved his sack total to 9.5 on the season, which ranks third on the franchise’s all-time rookie sack list.

Fox said watching the rookie develop is similar to what he saw in Carolina with another No. 2 overall selection — Julius Peppers.

“He’s very explosive,” Fox said. “He does have long arms. He’s got great change of direction. He’s got a lot of the God-given abilities that it takes to be able to do what he does. He’s a fine young guy. He’s not afraid to work. He’s a good kid, spends a lot of time studying. He’s improved. He’s had to improve parts of him game, and he has.”

While Miller’s pass-rushing talent was evident from the first game of the season, the coaching staff has noticed an improvement in his all-around game as he gets more and more playing experience.

“Our coaches have done a good job,” Fox said. “Richard Smith, our linebacker coach, and of course [Defensive Coordinator] Dennis [Allen] have done a terrific job teaching him fundamentally and assignment wise. He’s just going to get better.”