Fox gets back to work in Broncos' offseason

INDIANAPOLIS - So much for an offseason for John Fox and the Broncos. Just 18 days after losing to Seattle in the Super Bowl the head coach was talking football again, this time at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The Broncos have had tremendous success the past few seasons, but the key to that has been mostly because of their free agents and not because of their draft picks. Fox, however, emphasized that both are very important making their work at the Combine crucial.

Locker room acceptance has been a big topic on Day 1 of the Combine. Fox says others need to remember these guys are someone's son so treat them with respect and create an environment where they can grow.

"If you have children-and understanding that-you do try and create that environment. This is a combative game; it's a tough game," Fox said. "There have been some correlations sometimes to the military - sometimes even some worse correlations. At the end of the day, you're dealing with people. You're trying to help them grow as people as well as football players. I know that's the way I approach it and I think many people do. You always have to remind yourself you're dealing with people. That's not easy. It's a challenge - like holding Jell-O. It's slippery. You just do the best you can and take the most respectful approach."

As far as free agency the Broncos Coach wouldn't get into any details saying, "it's like shopping without price tags."

Broncos general manager John Elway will meet with the media Friday afternoon.


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