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Indianapolis Colts hire John Fox as senior defensive assistant

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Dec 13, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Detailed view of an Indianapolis Colts helmet against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL head coach John Fox is joining the coaching staff of the Indianapolis Colts as senior defensive assistant.

The position in Indianapolis is a newly created one. Fox will work with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, also a former head coach in the league.

“The people who he’s been with, coached with, the systems that he’s coached, I think, will be a great complement to Gus,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said, per USA Today. “Our goal with John coming in is not for him to bring his system to us, it’s for him to come in, learn our system and then contribute some of his experience and how it can fit with our system.”

The Colts’ defense gave up an average of 343.2 yards per game in 2021, which ranked 16th in the league.

Fox, 67, has a career record of 133-123 in 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2002-09), Denver Broncos (2011-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-17). He won two conference championships.

The New England Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. The Broncos lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

–Field Level Media