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John Fox grateful to Tebow, but now it’s Peyton’s offense

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Tim Tebow made a specific point of thanking Broncos coach John Fox in his press conference with the Jets on Monday, and on Tuesday morning Fox expressed gratitude to Tebow, too. But Fox also made clear that he’s delighted to hand the offense over to new quarterback Peyton Manning.

“Tim did some great things for us a year ago and I’m forever grateful for his efforts,” Fox said at his breakfast with reporters today. “We started off 1-4 and were able to win our division, make the playoffs, have a very exciting victory in our stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took that step for us and now he’s moved on and we wish him nothing but the best.”

That, however, is in the past. Fox says that with Manning in Denver, the Broncos are ready to let him call the shots on offense, in much the same way as he did in Indianapolis.

“We had an opportunity to get a great player like Peyton,” Fox said. “He’s done it a certain way for 14 years and obviously had great success. We’d kind of be silly if we wouldn’t take some of what he’s done in the past, and utilize his strengths, and his comfort zone.”

Fox said there’s no hesitation with changing the offense to suit Manning’s strengths, just as last year the Broncos changed the offense to take advantage of the same skills Tebow had displayed as a Heisman Trophy winner at Florida. Fox believes the 2012 Broncos will look like the 2010 Colts on offense.

“There will be some similarities, much like last year our offense looked a little like Florida’s,” Fox said.

A Florida-style offense with a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was enough to get to the playoffs last year. If the Broncos have a Colts-style offense with Peyton Manning playing like an NFL MVP again, that may be enough to win the Super Bowl.

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56 Responses to “John Fox grateful to Tebow, but now it’s Peyton’s offense”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    If you don’t like the Broncos getting Peyton … and wish they stuck with Tebow … then you’re not a Bronco fan. You’re a Tebow fan.

  2. chadgoy says: Mar 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    What happens when Peyton takes a hard hit and either starts hearing footsteps or starts on the painkillers???

  3. thraiderskin says: Mar 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    While I expect the Broncos to be better offensively this year, Fox better pray they make the playoffs. There is absolutely no excuse for not making it other then the coaching. That goes for Elway as well, we’ll find out if he knows what he is talking about.

  4. jeremywflores says: Mar 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    Crazy thing is, without Tebow’s success last season, Peyton wouldn’t had even considered Denver as a destination.

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    Good. But somebody needs to tell Wills McGahee, he is the one who is supposed to carry the ball…

    you don’t want confusion there.

  6. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 27, 2012 11:43 AM

    SuperBowl…SchmuperBowl.

    Ain’t gonna happen…8-8 with Teblow and 8-8 with MegaHead.

  7. mybrunoblog says: Mar 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    John fox overheard talking to manning during workout……..

    “yes Mr. Manning, whatever you say Mr. Manning, thank you Mr. Manning”.

  8. hanzotori24 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    I love how everyone thinks that just because the Broncos now have Payton on their roster they are instantly favored to win the next super bowl. It’s as though the colts have won every super bowl with Manning. He only has one super bowl ring with a team he had spent his entire career with. I just don’t understand how that translates to insta-win for the broncos. Who knows how long it will take Manning and his teammates to click and meet expectations. Not only that, but Paytons injuries on top of all this. I just don’t see them winning a super bowl right away.

  9. stevenreichert says: Mar 27, 2012 11:47 AM

    What a cruel business. It’s not enough to be the story of the year and pull off several miracles to get your team to the playoffs and beat the Steelers. Then you get shipped off, only to get replaced by a player at the twilight of his career, one hit away from paralysis.

  10. suckleague says: Mar 27, 2012 11:48 AM

    “We had an opportunity to get a great player like Peyton,” Fox said. “He’s done it a certain way for 14 years and obviously had great success. But that’s over. We’re going to implement the spread offense and see how Manning does with that. We’d like to see him get a bit more mobile and not throw as much. Next question.”

  11. 72virginsonfire says: Mar 27, 2012 11:48 AM

    Heh. And if Tebow wins the starting job in NY, there’s a good chance he’ll face Manning in the playoffs.

    http://youdontknowfootball.com/2012/03/the-tebow-debate/

  12. trueski21 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    John Fox is a good coach

  13. cardsfann1 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    Fox is more of a liar than the entire Saints organization…

  14. mongobo says: Mar 27, 2012 11:51 AM

    I am wondering if Peyton’s offense is the best way to go for Denver. I have always compared Peyton a bit with early Elway and Marino in that they all wanted to throw on every down.

    I rather hope Elway can speak to Manning of his Super Bowl successes, and convince him of the value of a fine running attack. It helps the offense, it gives the defense time to rest, and it extends Manning’s career.

  15. denverdave3 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:52 AM

    Peyton’s line sometimes complained that he didn’t call enough running plays, but Fox has been a strong advocate of the run.

    Something has got to give.

  16. bozosforall says: Mar 27, 2012 11:52 AM

    Smart man, that John Fox. He may get that Super Bowl victory that he was cheated out of nearly 10 years ago after all.

  17. foradenverbroncotouchdown says: Mar 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    “We’d kind of be silly if we wouldn’t take some of what he’s done in the past, and utilize his strengths, and his comfort zone.” — Fox

    Yeah, P. Manning is good. Really good, if his neck holds up. But what part of that last quote says Mike McCoy is like the Dwight Schrute to Manning’s Michael Scott? McCoy’s a professional, I think he can see what the Colts did on offense in ’10 and replicate it with No. 18’s help, not guidance or approval. The story is about the Broncos offense– but the defensive-minded head coach is the only one quoted? Easy on the commentary, MDS.

  18. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    Tebow gets sent to a bigger market and Tebowmania doesn’t die from him warming the bench. Fox gets a better quarterback that can play all four quarters. Everybody wins here. The Jets win too because Tebow+Ryan=$$$$$$$$$$

  19. chefjayson says: Mar 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    As a Colts fan…I wish Peyton the best. Hopefully he can take the Broncos to a SB or 2. He’s a great qb and a better person. Also let me give props to Fox for creating an offense that made Tebow successful. It was that much more amazing since my own coaches couldn’t figure out how to do it last year…as they had Painter and Collins both attempting to run a Manning style offense. Seems like the pieces are in place for the Broncos (assuming Peyton is Peyton)…best of luck guys

  20. dd2189 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:55 AM

    How dare they not tell us what tebow and Peyton had for breakfast .. Seriously who cares.

  21. neilanblomi says: Mar 27, 2012 12:00 PM

    That is called real coaching instead of just plugging players into your “system” when clearly they don’t fit. I”m looking at you Andy Reid…

  22. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    I loce Timmy but now having watched a lil Tebow-mania from afar, I can see why most of the organization is OK with seeing him go.

    Backup QBs don’t deserve private jet rides, front page headlines, and record setting prrss conferences.

    One Timmy may earn the right to have those but not now.

    Jets lockeroom already can’t stand him.

  23. glac1 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:14 PM

    by mid September (after Manning’s first hit) the Bronco’s will be searching for a starting quarterback. The 36 year old is finished………………………..

  24. jgedgar70 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:14 PM

    trueski21 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 11:49 AM
    John Fox is a good coach
    _______

    Fox is a great defensive coordinator. He has no concept of the modern NFL offensive game. His offensive philosophy is straight out of 1965. He told his OC in Carolina to “stop throwing the f**king ball” and he’ll do it to Peyton too.

    Sorry to be the one to rain on your parade, Bronco fans, but you will NEVER, NEVER win a Super Bowl with this idiot as your coach, no matter who your QB is.

  25. cincyorangenblack says: Mar 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    his head broke his neck. can’t fix that gigantic dome

  26. psmith7716 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    The Broncos will be lucky to have an 8 – 8 season. They will be a better team, but look at that killer schedule.

  27. randomguy9999 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    at least the delusional Tebow fans are dying down a little …. not so many outraged “look what he did for us and he got canned!” BS calls…

    he’s the worst QB in the NFL… no joke

    Ryan says he’s gonna do 20 snaps at wildcat for them….

    problem is he’s not a Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams either….

    get ready for 20 plays at 1.2 yards per play Jets fans

  28. broncfanor says: Mar 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    jeremywflores says: Mar 27, 2012 11:42 AM

    Crazy thing is, without Tebow’s success last season, Peyton wouldn’t had even considered Denver as a destination.

    ———————————————–

    Based on what? I don;t recall seeing anything Manning said that would indicate this.

    I realize it’s a popular theory in order for the Tebow fans to comfort themselves but I see no evidence to support this.

  29. lks311 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:31 PM

    Let’s stop the, “if not for Tebow getting the Broncos to the playoffs” comments. Why not credit the Broncos brain trust for switching to the Gators offense to take advantage of what Tebow does best? And, btw, the 1-4 record down the stretch indicates everyone, except an arrogant Steelers D, had begun to figure it out. Fox and Elway knew this, and that’s why, Tebow fans, they cut bait.

  30. pantherguy344 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Good Ol’ Teflon John. As a Panthers fan I consider myself a John Fox expert. It truly amazes me how he always comes out of every smelly situation smelling like roses. This is an interesting dynamic. There is not a more stubborn HC in the NFL than Fox. There is also not a more stubborn QB in the NFL than Manning, and with good reason. I believe there will be some head butting going on and John Fox may get butted out if he tells Manning to start running the ball.

  31. CKL says: Mar 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    hanzotori24 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 11:45 AM
    I love how everyone thinks that just because the Broncos now have Payton on their roster they are instantly favored to win the next super bowl. It’s as though the colts have won every super bowl with Manning. He only has one super bowl ring with a team he had spent his entire career with. I just don’t understand how that translates to insta-win for the broncos. Who knows how long it will take Manning and his teammates to click and meet expectations. Not only that, but Paytons injuries on top of all this. I just don’t see them winning a super bowl right away.
    _________________________________
    I agree. Along with the fact that he gets all the credit for calling plays & running the entire offense but none of the responsibility when their offense underachieved in most of their playoff losses (and even some of the wins, like on their SB 41 run). Can’t have it both ways, folks. Well, not without being hypocrites. :)

  32. TheWizard says: Mar 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    Say what you want about Tebow, but Manning better take them to the playoffs this year.

  33. rockieschef says: Mar 27, 2012 12:41 PM

    Peyton=Megahead
    Payton=Cheater

    Lets get that straight

  34. mwcarolina says: Mar 27, 2012 12:42 PM

    here’s how we KNOW if it’s Manning’s offense. if there’s passing on 1st and/or 2nd down. now if we see run, run, pass and punt, then it’s clear that it’s Fox’s offense, that’s one worry i have, will Fox give in?? if he does, then the offense will be fine because Manning knows what he’s doing.

  35. jamaltimore says: Mar 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    Think about this for a minute. The Jets rise with Tebow leading the team and the Bronco’s fail with a tired old, broken 36 year qb who can’t stay healthy enough to make throws.

    At that point Tebowmania will officially go off the Charts. It will be the biggest sports story in the world and jesus may actually come back for the Superbowl!

  36. deadmanwalking47 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    i’m gonna laugh when the broncos finish 6-10 next year,and the jets win the east thanks to better defense and tim tebow.

  37. rexismybff says: Mar 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    “If the Broncos have a Colts-style offense with Peyton Manning playing like an NFL MVP again, that may be enough to win the Super Bowl.”

    =======================

    Yup, nice fantasy. And, it’s 2006 again, and George Bush is still in office, and Katrina just finished whipping through town.

    Take a time machine back 6 years Denver – you’ll win at least one Super Bowl.

  38. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    Tebow gets all the credit but I think John Fox should have won coach of the year for the way he transitioned that entire offense to fit Tebow, especially in mid season

  39. isaiahforreal says: Mar 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    deadmanwalking47
    Mar 27, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT
    i’m gonna laugh when the broncos finish 6-10 next year,and the jets win the east thanks to better defense and tim tebow.
    _________________________________

    What part of the Jets D got better?

  40. gavriloprincip33 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:18 PM

    Grateful that he’s gone you mean Mr. Fox…

  41. hjworton46 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    To say Manning is ‘one hit away from paralysis’ is idiotic; every player in the NFL is one hit away from paralysis and maybe worse.

  42. bspurloc says: Mar 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    .
    tebow press conference > peyton press conference

    At least Tebow can play a whole season after 1 hit

  43. iplaybad says: Mar 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Except for his rookie season, Manning as a starter equated to the Colts being in the playoffs every year. Granted, he did not win the Superbowl every year he was in the playoffs. But, he did go to two of them, which is better than most QBs out there.

    The point of the NFL playoff setup is to get into “the tournament”. Anything can happen after that. With a franchise QB like Manning, the Broncos are increasing their odds of getting into the playoffs. What happens afterward is a matter for each game. I certainly like our chances of getting into the tournament with PManning than TRT. I especially like our chances of winning a playoff game against quality coaching with PManning instead of TRT.

  44. birdbrainsnj says: Mar 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Bcause he’s won so many superbowls before? Mark my words, this team will have a below 500 record. Peyton is a great qb but I dont care how great you are, you NEVER light the league on fire in a new offense. I think 2 years from now they’ll be a contender but this year I think will look pretty sloppy until they all figure out what theyre doing.

  45. coltsfanincad says: Mar 27, 2012 2:09 PM

    Manning’s neck is fine, the nerve is fine.. Comeback player of the year.

  46. bspurloc says: Mar 27, 2012 2:16 PM

    .
    peyton has a severe kneck injury to suggest every player has the same injury is idiotic

  47. dasportsninja says: Mar 27, 2012 2:54 PM

    Fox won’t be gratefull when the ghost of Tebow costs him his job.

  48. TheWizard says: Mar 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    He may get that Super Bowl victory that he was cheated out of nearly 10 years ago after all

    Yes.

    Or, the Pats may be waiting in the conference championship to cheat him out of another one.

  49. vegasbronco says: Mar 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    WOW I could not finish the comments because TROLLS like (mybrunoblog, jerryflores, 72virginsonfire, glac1, steveriechert, suckleague, traiderskin, chadgoy,psmith7716, cardsfanni)
    Please take your Tebowmania to JERSEY.

  50. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:07 PM

    Crazy thing is, without Tebow’s success last season, Peyton wouldn’t had even considered Denver as a destination.

    That may be true, but it wasn’t specifically because of Tebow. It could have been anybody! Peyton was looking at the team as a whole. He was looking to see if this team could make any noise in the playoffs. He most likely thought, “Heck, if THIS DUDE can get them to the playoffs, then I’m good.” I’d be willing to bet that he WASN’T thinking, “Tim is doing great so I’m in.” Get real. Peyton is smarter and more thorough than that………..

  51. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:11 PM

    I love how everyone thinks that just because the Broncos now have Payton on their roster they are instantly favored to win the next super bowl. It’s as though the colts have won every super bowl with Manning. He only has one super bowl ring with a team he had spent his entire career with. I just don’t understand how that translates to insta-win for the broncos. Who knows how long it will take Manning and his teammates to click and meet expectations. Not only that, but Paytons injuries on top of all this. I just don’t see them winning a super bowl right away.

    I don’t think people think that we are going to win the Super Bowl! I think that people believe that our team is just better now, and if we can get into the playoffs with an 8-8 record and a QB that wasn’t great, then we can do better things with Peyton. YOU sir are speculating on what people are thinking!

  52. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:16 PM

    What a cruel business. It’s not enough to be the story of the year and pull off several miracles to get your team to the playoffs and beat the Steelers. Then you get shipped off, only to get replaced by a player at the twilight of his career, one hit away from paralysis.

    Being “The story of the Year” is not what it’s about. That’s the problem with Tebow supporters, focusing on the wrong things! First of all, Tebow was indeed the story of the year, at the expense of the rest of the team who had just as much to do with the wins as Tebow did!! ESPECIALLY the defense!! Because Tebow is a likeable guy and a Christian, (both great things BTW) he got more attention and credit than was truly deserved.

  53. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:22 PM

    Fox is a great defensive coordinator. He has no concept of the modern NFL offensive game. His offensive philosophy is straight out of 1965. He told his OC in Carolina to “stop throwing the f**king ball” and he’ll do it to Peyton too.

    Sorry to be the one to rain on your parade, Bronco fans, but you will NEVER, NEVER win a Super Bowl with this idiot as your coach, no matter who your QB is.

    If that turns out to be the case Elway will ship him out faster than he could even imagine. If that was going on in Carolina, there are other people to blame other than just FOX!

  54. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:28 PM

    To cincyorangeandblack,

    his head broke his neck. can’t fix that gigantic dome

    Are you a little upset that he beat your crappy team on a regular basis? What’s the point of your immature comment? Why stoop to personal attacks? If you don’t like him as a football player that’s one thing, but to make personal put downs based on looks is ignorant! I’s love to see what YOU look like!

  55. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    Let’s stop the, “if not for Tebow getting the Broncos to the playoffs” comments. Why not credit the Broncos brain trust for switching to the Gators offense to take advantage of what Tebow does best? And, btw, the 1-4 record down the stretch indicates everyone, except an arrogant Steelers D, had begun to figure it out. Fox and Elway knew this, and that’s why, Tebow fans, they cut bait.

    RIGHT ON! Someone that get’s it. Ahhh

  56. tanna456 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:39 PM

    To: @jamaltimore

    DREAM ON……

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