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John Fox wasn’t defending only Peyton Manning

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While some in the media have debated the intent and the message from Colts owner Jim Irsay when he explained to USA Today that the team’s new focus is championships over stats, Broncos coach John Fox saw no gray area in Irsay’s words.

Fox called them in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio “disappointing” and “inappropriate,” and a “cheap shot” at former Colts (current Broncos, if you didn’t know) quarterback Peyton Manning.

Per a league source, Fox wasn’t only defending Manning.  While angry about the belief that Irsay was disrespecting his former franchise quarterback, Fox was equally angry about the notion that, for the men who built and coached those Colts teams under Manning, “only” one Super Bowl somehow wasn’t good enough.

Fox, we’re told, wanted to stand up for the men who grind every year toward the possibility of a championship.  The idea that being consistently competitive and winning a Super Bowl left Irsay “frustrated” left Fox livid.

To be sure, Fox’s decision to tee off on Irsay wasn’t accidental of spontaneous. The comments came during a weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he planned his comments exactly the way they were delivered.  Folks around the league were amazed by the development, because Fox has a reputation for always choosing a path away from potential controversy.

Fox embraced controversy this week, and it got the attention of everyone who heard them — including most importantly his players.

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11 Responses to “John Fox wasn’t defending only Peyton Manning”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 8:00 PM

    Remember that 10-2 run we spoke about? BELIEVE us now?

    We are the class of the AFC and it is all coming together now.

    We win Super Bowls. It’s in our BLOOD.

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

    The rest remain hidden in our immense shadow.

    Look out, the Steelers are marching.

    ~ 6

  2. billybenoitlsu says: Oct 20, 2013 8:01 PM

    Whatever …Drew Brees is the best QB in the NFL right Now …

  3. goldrush36 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:07 PM

    Hope Jake didn’t do further damage playing this game. Titans are headed in the right direction. Solid W but can we seriously get rid of Kyle Williams now? He is garbage

  4. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    Where are the HATERS?!?

    Lamenting your empty trophy cases????

    ☺☺☺☺ LOLOLOL ☺☺☺☺

    The NATION is marching, ladies
    The NATION is marching.

    We have God on our side

  5. hawkforlife says: Oct 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    Never thought Fox was an “A” caliber coach but good for him.

  6. gborange says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    @wethesteelers
    Tune into NBC. There is actually a relevant afc game on today unlike Ravens/squeakers

  7. 49er33 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    John Fox is HC? I forgot i thought Peyton was the HC, coattail riding!

  8. dietrich43 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    Colts might have more – if they had a better owner!

  9. hooterdawg says: Oct 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    This is the most ridiculous ‘ per a league source’ copout I have ever read. If Fox intended his criticism of Irsay to extend to more than just Manning, a reporter should ask him directly – not spread a rumor. Fox would have no problem elaborating on the full meaning of his Sirius comments.

  10. dadawg77 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:38 PM

    Isnt the goal of the team to won championships? So its seems the players and coaches get a little testy when an owner holds them accountable for not accomplishing that goal. But why does anyone not say Dungy is one of the misty over rated coaches. He was a defensive coach who had one the greatest qb ever in a very easy division but couldn’t win championships with that combo.

  11. edithpiaf51 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:09 PM

    dadawg77 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:38 PM

    Isnt the goal of the team to won championships? So its seems the players and coaches get a little testy when an owner holds them accountable for not accomplishing that goal. But why does anyone not say Dungy is one of the misty over rated coaches. He was a defensive coach who had one the greatest qb ever in a very easy division but couldn’t win championships with that combo.

    You are right. Peyton is not the fourth quarter magic great under pressure qb that Eli is. one needs to understand that. the comment was not a rude one. As I said in another post, i am a management and marketing prof and I told my students that employers have the right to hold employees accountable and that was all that was done here.

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