Coach John Fox needed emotional shock absorbers and a whole lot of faith to endure the Broncos' bumpy road to the Super Bowl — a road that included his own open-heart surgery and the loss of star linebacker Von Miller. That resiliency, Fox said, stems from important life lessons he learned from former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, a Hall of Famer. Fox joined Noll's staff in Pittsburgh in 1989 as a 34-year-old defensive backs coach fresh off a three-year stint at the University of Pittsburgh. In Week 1, Cleveland humiliated the Steelers 51-0, and Cincinnati beat the Steelers 41-10 in Week 2. But the Steelers rebounded to finish 9-7, winning their final three games of the regular season and teaching Fox a valuable lesson. "I was very blessed to be with Chuck Noll as head coach," Fox said Monday. "We kind of had a bizarre season. ... "It wasn't a very tremendous start. Everybody was down. And of course, fans as they are, were a little bit honest. (Noll) stayed even-keel. That is the most valuable lesson: to be the same guy and don't go through the highs and lows, because it is very easy to do, especially with outside influences."
Broncos coach John Fox learned plenty from Steelers' Chuck Noll
Denver Post | Jan 28