The Indianapolis Colts do not want a repeat of last season, wherein they failed to make the playoffs despite having two opportunities to clinch a berth.
That outcome prompted them to trade for former league Most Valuable Player Matt Ryan in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
But aside from roster moves, they are also bringing in reinforcements on their coaching staff.
We have hired John Fox as senior defensive assistant. pic.twitter.com/5KOwCwFznF
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) March 28, 2022
The Colts announced through their official Twitter account that they hired former NFL head coach John Fox as a senior defensive assistant.
He will bring a ton of football knowledge that he amassed throughout his 44-year coaching career.
Fox had his first break as a graduate assistant with the San Diego State Aztecs.
A year later, he was the defensive backs coach at United States International University.
The 67-year-old mentor has had collegiate coaching stints with Boise State, Long Beach State, Utah, Kansas, Iowa State, and Pittsburgh, in that order.
He was also the defensive backs coach of the Los Angeles Express in the first edition of the United States Football League.
Fox’s NFL Coaching Journey
After his stint with the USFL, Fox joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive backs coach in 1989 and stayed for three seasons.
His first head coaching stint came in 2002 with the Carolina Panthers, a team he led to Super Bowl XXXVIII during the 2003 season.
In 2011, he took over the Denver Broncos and led the franchise to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Fox’s last head coaching stop prior to joining the Colts was with the Chicago Bears from 2015 to 2017.
He will help tune up a defensive unit that ranked 16th in total yards allowed, 19th in passing yards given, and ninth in points surrendered per game.