Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates with Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio following a win against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Jack Del Rio enjoyed the ride Sunday.
Del Rio, 50, served as a head coach for the first time since being fired by Jacksonville during the 2011 season after the Jaguars dropped to 3-8. He was 69-73 as the Jaguars head coach and now is 1-0 with Denver after leading the Broncos to a 28-20 win at San Diego.
"I got a text from a friend that said, 'It's just like riding a bike, and you have a really nice bike.' And we do. It's a nice ride," Del Rio joked after the game.
The last game Del Rio served as head coach was Nov. 27, 2011, when the Jaguars lost 20-13 at home to Houston to fall to 3-8. Jacksonville had a five-game losing streak during the 2011 season, and the Jags lost their last three of the 2010 season to finish 8-8.
Del Rio was named the Broncos' interim coach Monday as coach John Fox was having open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. Fox's return will be set by his doctors, but could be near the end of the regular season or the playoffs.
"It was a nice afternoon to secure a game ball for Coach Fox, who was resting at home. Glad to do that," said Del Rio, who was hired as Denver's defensive coordinator in February 2012. "I talked to him this morning. He's got a lot of energy [and is] feeling good. But, it was great to be able to get that done."
Del Rio said the team really pulled together during the week to get the win. He said he wasn't trying to mirror how Fox would play each down.
"I have to be myself. I can't sit back and second-guess and think 'What would coach do here?' Then there is indecision," Del Rio said. " I'm going to do the things I need to do to lead the team, and I know the majority of the things we do, we've done for a long time together."
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