Broncos coach John Fox spent some time at his season-ending press conference defending quarterback Peyton Manning and he spent some time defending himself for his decision to take a knee at the end of the fourth quarter.
The Broncos had the ball on their 20-yard-line with 31 seconds to play and two timeouts after Jacoby Jones’ game-tying touchdown catch and Fox has caught flak for deciding against having Peyton Manning try to move the team into position to win the game. On Monday, Fox explained that Jones’ score influenced his decision not to be more aggressive before the game headed to overtime.
“That was pretty devastating,” Fox said, via the Denver Post. “There is a certain amount of shock value. It’s like a fighter being on the ropes — it didn’t seem like the time to go for a knockout punch. It didn’t seem to be the right time to go for the jugular. I’d do that again 10 times out of 10 if faced with that situation.”
Executive V.P. of football operations John Elway was also at the press conference and he seconded Fox’s read as the time not being right to go for broke.
Devastating as the moment was, it still feels like a strange time not to go for the jugular unless the Broncos saw a high chance that Manning was going to turn the ball over. It’s a decision that the Broncos will have plenty of time to mull over before their next game.