From now on, it will be different for the Broncos.

Not necessarily worse or better. Just different now that Jack Del Rio is the Broncos' interim head coach in place of John Fox, who underwent heart valve replacement surgery Monday morning in Charlotte, N.C.

"Yeah, they're different, but the message is the same," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "We won't miss a beat. Foxy raised us well."

Until Fox returns, which the Broncos hope will be in time for the playoffs, Del Rio will have dual roles of defensive coordinator and interim head coach.

"Coach Fox has instilled a 'next man up' philosophy with us as players," defensive tackle Derek Wolfe said. "And he would expect us to look at him the same way. He's a tough guy. He'll be all right. You want to win for him. You want to make sure he doesn't feel that burden. You want him to get better, get home and relax."
It will not be an easy assignment for Del Rio. For starters, it will be difficult demonstrating tangible improvement with a team that is 7-1 on the strength of quarterback Peyton Manning and an offense on pace to break the NFL scoring record.