Meet the Fourteen Head Coaches in Denver Broncos History -- Most of Them Losers

John Fox during an interview at last year's Super Bowl. Additional photos and more below.
John Fox during an interview at last year's Super Bowl. Additional photos and more below.

News that the Denver Broncos and John Fox had parted company was immediately followed by speculation about who the team's next head coach should be. But what about those who've filled the gig to date? Turns out there've been fourteen head coaches in Broncos history, and only five of them actually won more frequently than they lost while at the helm.

Get to know Fox's predecessors below, complete with photos, info and those not-always-flattering win-loss records.

See also: Top Twenty Tweets About John Fox Jumping or Getting Pushed From the Broncos

Number 1: Frank Filchock -- 1960-1961

Frank Filchock.
Frank Filchock.

From his Wikipedia page

Frank Joseph Filchock (October 8, 1916 - June 20, 1994) was an American and Canadian football tailback/quarterback and coach. As a consequence of a famous scandal regarding the 1946 NFL Championship Game, he was suspended by the National Football League from 1947 to 1950 for associating with gamblers.

Record as Broncos head coach: 7-20-1 Number 2: Jack Faulkner -- 1962-1964

Jack Faulkner.
Jack Faulkner.

From his Wikipedia page:

Jack Faulkner (April 4, 1926 - September 28, 2008) was an American football coach and administrator who most prominently served as head coach of the American Football League's Denver Broncos from 1962 to 1964. He also has been an integral part of the St. Louis Rams organization, dating back to the team's days in Los Angeles.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 9-22-1 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 3: Mac Speedie -- 1960-1964-1966

Mac Speedie.
Mac Speedie.

From his Wikipedia page:

Mac Curtis Speedie (January 12, 1920 - March 5, 1993) was an American football end who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL) for seven years, and later served for two years as head coach of the American Football League's Denver Broncos. A tall and quick runner whose awkward gait helped him deceive defenders and get open, Speedie led his league in receptions four times during his career and was selected as a first-team All-Pro six times. His career average of 800 yards per season was not surpassed until two decades after his retirement, and his per-game average of 50 yards went unequalled for 20 years after he left the game.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 6-19-1 Number 4: Ray Malavasi -- 1966

Ray Malavasi.
Ray Malavasi.

From his Wikipedia page:

Ray Malavasi (November 8, 1930 - December 15, 1987) was a football coach who served as head coach of two National Football League teams: the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 4-8 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 5: Lou Saban -- 1967-1971

Lou Saban.
Lou Saban.

From his Wikipedia page:

Louis Henry Saban (October 13, 1921 - March 29, 2009) was an American football player and coach. He played for Indiana University in college and as a professional for the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference between 1946 and 1949. Saban then began a long coaching career. After numerous jobs at the college level, he became the first coach of the Boston Patriots in the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. He joined the Buffalo Bills two years later, and led the team to consecutive AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. After serving briefly as head coach at the University of Maryland, he was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 1967, where he remained for five years. Saban returned to the Bills--by then in the National Football League following the AFL-NFL merger -- from 1972 to 1976, reaching the playoffs once but failing to bring Buffalo another championship.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 20-42-3 Number 6: Jerry Smith -- 1971 (interim coach)

Jerry Smith.
Jerry Smith.

From his Wikipedia page:

Jerome Anthony Smith (September 9, 1930 - August 6, 2011) was an American football player and coach. Jerry was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended Chaminade High School, graduating in 1948. At Chaminade he played Tight End and later in 1982 was elected to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 2-3 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 7: John Ralston -- 1972-1976

John Ralston.
John Ralston.

From his Wikipedia page:

John R. Ralston (born April 26, 1927) is a former American football player, coach, and sports executive. He served as the head football coach at Utah State University (1959-1962), Stanford University (1963-1971), and San Jose State University (1993-1996), compiling a career college football record of 97-81-4. Ralston also coached the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1972 to 1976, amassing a record of 34-33-3, and the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1983 and part of the 1984 season, tallying a mark of 9-12. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1992.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 34-33-3 Number 8: Red Miller -- 1977-1980

Red Miller.
Red Miller.

From his Wikipedia page:

Miller was named head coach of the Denver Broncos on January 31, 1977, replacing John Ralston. Miller took a team led by linebackers Randy Gradishar, Bob Swenson, and Tom Jackson, cornerbacks Louis Wright and Bernard Jackson, safety Billy Thompson, and defensive end Lyle Alzado -- mainstays of the Orange Crush Defense -- and veteran quarterback Craig Morton (acquired via trade with the New York Giants) to a 12-2 regular season record and an AFC championship.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 40-22 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 9: Dan Reeves -- 1981-1992

Dan Reeves.
Dan Reeves.

From his Wikipedia page:

Daniel Edward "Dan" Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football player and head coach. He has participated in more Super Bowls as player and coach than anyone else. He played in two Super Bowls, Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI and also was an assistant coach in three more, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XII, Super Bowl XIII, and was Head Coach in four more Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXIV as the Denver Broncos' head coach, and Super Bowl XXXIII as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He previously worked as an analyst for the Westwood One radio network covering NFL games.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 110-73-1 Number 10: Wade Phillips -- 1993-1994

Wade Phillips.
Wade Phillips.

From his Wikipedia page:

Wade Allen Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is the former head coach of the National Football League's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. He was also an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. His career winning percentage as a head coach is .577.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 16-16 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 11: Mike Shanahan -- 1995-2008

Mike Shanahan.
Mike Shanahan.

From his Wikipedia page:

Michael Edward "Mike" Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is an American football coach. He has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1998 and 1999. Shanahan also held the title of Vice President of Football Operations with the Redskins, giving him full control over player personnel with the team.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 138-86 Number 12: Josh McDaniels -- 2009-2010

Josh McDaniels.
Josh McDaniels.

From his Wikipedia page:

Josh McDaniels (born April 21, 1976) is an American football coach, currently serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots. He is in his second stint as offensive coordinator in New England, having begun his career there in 2001 as a personnel assistant, eventually serving as offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. In 2009, McDaniels was hired as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. At the time of his hiring, 33 year-old McDaniels was the youngest head coach in the NFL, although less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Raheem Morris, who is two months younger, as their head coach. McDaniels was fired by Denver after a 3-9 start in 2010. He spent the 2011 season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, but was released by the Rams for the 2011-12 NFL playoffs to serve as an offensive assistant for the Patriots in their run to Super Bowl XLVI.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 11-17 Continue to meet more of the Denver Broncos' fourteen head coaches.   Number 13: Eric Studesville -- 2010 (interim coach)

Eric Studesville.
Eric Studesville.

From his Wikipedia page:

Eric Studesville (born May 29, 1967) is the current running backs coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Studesville is best known as the former offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and head coach of the Denver Broncos, a position he held on an interim basis in December 2010. He replaced Josh McDaniels after 12 games in the 2010 NFL Season. He was the first African American head coach in Broncos history, although only on an interim basis.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 1-3 Number 14: John Fox -- 2011-2014

John Fox.
John Fox.

From his Wikipedia page:

John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is a former American football coach, who most recently coached the Denver Broncos, as well as the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. A former defensive back, Fox is considered a defensive-minded coach, but has presided over a record setting offense while the head coach of the Denver Broncos, with quarterback Peyton Manning throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns, both records, in the 2013 NFL season, as the offense combined for 7,317 yards, also a record. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Broncos finished tied for 3rd in the NFL in sacks and 1st in rushing offense.

Record as a Broncos head coach: 46-18

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