DENVER BRONCOS RELEASE STATMENT ON FOX'S SURGERY
"Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox underwent successful aortic valve replacement surgery this morning at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte.
"He is currently in the hospital's post-operative critical care unit, where his recovery is being monitored by doctors."
STATEMENT FROM ROBIN FOX (wife of John Fox)
"Our family greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and well-wishes we've received for John. Along with his medical team, we will take great care of him so he can fully recover and get back to coaching the Broncos as soon as possible."
The Denver Broncos announced Monday that Jack Del Rio is now the team's interim head coach/defensive coordinator.
The move came after John Fox was taken to a hospital on Saturday, in Charlotte, N.C. and it was determined that he would undergo an aortic heart valve replacement.
Broncos executive vice president of operations John Elway said, "Our main concern here is the well being of John Fox and getting him healthy."
The surgery will keep Coach Fox off the sidelines for at least several weeks.
In his absence Del Rio will not only assume head coaching duties but will continue to act as the Broncos' defensive coordinator.
Del Rio, who is in his 17th season as a coach in the NFL and 2nd with the Broncos, was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for 9 years from 2003-11.
In 2002, Del Rio was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers while Fox was the team's head coach.
Elway said, "I feel great about Jack, I think that John[Fox] was on board also.. and I thought that Jack was the guy that would be the best fit."
Del Rio's defenses have ranked in the NFL's top six in yards per game allowed in nine of his 15 seasons as a position coach, coordinator or head coach, including the 2012 season with the Broncos.
Del Rio said, "We're on a mission to carry on and continue the things that Coach Fox has instilled and started with this football team. This is Coach Fox's team."
He has coached 14 players to a total of 22 Pro Bowl selections, including All-Pros such as linebackers Peter Boulware, Ray Lewis and Von Miller, defensive tackles John Henderson, Kris Jenkins and Marcus Stroud, and cornerbacks Champ Bailey, and Rashean Mathis.