Ten years ago John Fox had a run at a ring, getting the Carolina Panthers from the No. 3 seed to the Super Bowl with a roster that included former or future Bears Mike Caldwell, Terry Cousin, Ricky Manning, Muhsin Muhammad, Julius Peppers, Ricky Proehl, Todd Sauerbrun (yes, that Todd Sauerbrun) and Dante Wesley. That team lost to New England 32-29 on an Adam Vinatieri field goal with four seconds remaining.
This time Fox is making his run with no former Bears on his Denver Broncos roster. As for future ones, only the offseason knows for sure.
Manning, Muhammad and Wesley returned to the Super Bowl as Bears, losing again, but “I had good players in Carolina,” said Fox, back in the Super Bowl with a Broncos team favored to win this time. “It was a great team, great locker room, as you’d expect. I think all these are different. This time of year from now, I’ll have a completely different team. It’s just the way of the National Football League. Coaches change teams. Players change teams.
“I’m just really soaking this one in. It’s a great bunch. I’m very proud of this bunch, just like I was with the Carolina team. So I’ve enjoyed, really, all my football teams and I think you get better. I think the more experience, or the more you do it, the better you get. You should, whether it’s your job or my job.”