Interim head coach Jack Del Rio apologized to the John Fox, the Denver Broncos regular head coach who is recovering from heart surgery for the stressful ending to his team’s 28-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
It appeared that Del Rio and his Denver Broncos had the game in hand early in the third quarter after a Peyton Manning strike led to a 34 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. At that point Denver had a 28-6 lead over their divisional rival and looked to be cruising to an 8-1 start.
After taking their foot off the gas things got interesting. Phillip Rivers, who is in the midst of a season that has restored his place among the game’s top passers after a dreadful 2012, began to creep back into the game.
Just three minutes after Denver staked their largest lead of the day, Rivers connected with Danny Woodhead for a 7 yard touchdown and the score was 28-13.
Furthering their comeback effort, Rivers again drove his Chargers down the field against a struggling Broncos defense and Ryan Matthews finished off the scoring drive with a 1 yard touchdown run.
This is when Jack Del Rio sensed that the game had become uncomfortably close. It is also when he made his team rise to the occasion and hold on for the win. The victory kept the Denver Broncos momentum going even without John Fox there to lead the way.
According to Jack Del Rio, he apologized to John Fox via a phone call after the Broncos victory. “I told him we were trying to make that a little easier finish for him. And sorry we couldn’t extend the lead and make him feel where he could rest comfortably at home. Of course he got a good laugh out of that.”
Talking about the close finish to the victory over the Chargers, quarterback Peyton Manning said “that’s not good for [Fox’s] blood pressure.”