The Denver Broncos were successful under interim coach Jack Del Rio's stewardship.

They went 3-1 while coach John Fox recovered from heart surgery.

.Broncos executive John Elway presented Del Rio with a game ball for his work in Fox's absence.

“It was special to have John Elway recognize the things I did, but I basically want to say that is just a representation of what we all did,” Del Rio told reporters. “It wasn’t about me. It was a collective effort.”

The Broncos' lone loss with Del Rio coaching was to the New England Patriots in overtime.

“He has great command in team meetings, addressing the team and you can tell he has been an experienced head coach,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. ”Our team has faced a lot of adversity in just a short time. You never expect your head coach not to be with you the entire time.

"But coach Del Rio has done a great job keeping us together. It was a pretty tough four-game stretch he had to endure and the team responded. But we are certainly glad to have coach Fox back.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.