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John Elway on replacing John Fox: “This is why we made the decision”

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Bears coach John Fox is the one guy who coached both the Panthers and the Broncos to Super Bowls.

But he didn’t win with either, and his last boss said that was why he was replaced by Gary Kubiak this offseason.

This is why we made the decision,” Broncos General Manager John Elway said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “This was the idea — to get better and get past the first round.

“We had a good regular season, but struggled in the first round. So the idea, the goal — what our owner wants — is to win a championship. That’s why the decision was made last year to go in a different direction. And Gary’s done a tremendous job.”

Fox got past the first round twice with the Broncos, one of them with Tim Tebow. But after getting blown out by the Seahawks in the Super Bowl two years ago and then losing at home to the Colts in their first one last year, the vibe around Denver changed and Elway reeled in his old backup.

“I think John did a great job when he as here — there’s no question,” Elway said. “He won four AFC West championships, so he did a tremendous job.

“It just got to the point where, . . . it was kind of like we talked about [after the change was made], it was a mutual parting of the ways. He decided that he wanted to go in a different direction and we said, ‘That’s fine, we’ll go in this direction, too.’ I think it worked out for both sides.”

Of course, mutual partings are rarely mutual. Fox had one with the Panthers after the 2010 season, when acrimony over the lack of a contract extension led to a bitter end, and a 2-14 record which led directly to Cam Newton and Ron Rivera.

So while Fox was and is a good coach, it’s reasonable to suggest both teams are OK with the guy they hired to replace him.

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  1. Florio Believer says: Feb 2, 2016 9:24 AM

    The Bears thank you John Elway….now go sell some cars!!

  2. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Feb 2, 2016 9:25 AM

    I wouldn’t be counting my chickens yet Elway.

  3. cross300 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:27 AM

    You haven’t won anything yet elway. Two years ago you were in the same spot as you are now. Same result this time too.

  4. TheWizard says: Feb 2, 2016 9:29 AM

    Might wanna wait for the result of the next ball game before declaring yourself cured.

  5. realdealsteel says: Feb 2, 2016 9:30 AM

    After the Broncos get blown out, is he going to blame Kubiak then?

  6. tajuara says: Feb 2, 2016 9:32 AM

    Fox is a good guy, but just an average HC. Football is a mental game as much as a physical game, and the lack of preparation of the Broncos during their last SB where Fox was the coach speaks volume of the HC.

  7. 4ever19 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    So if the Broncos get stuffed by Luke K and the Panthers will that mean Kubiak will need to be replaced since he got the team no further than did Fox? “This is why we made the change” means nothing unless the Broncos take home the title. So maybe Elway should have waited on that proclamation.

  8. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Feb 2, 2016 9:35 AM

    John Elway looks like a horse

  9. 6250claimer says: Feb 2, 2016 9:36 AM

    Who takes over after Kubiak’s Donks get boat-raced on Sunday? I hear Jim Tomsula is available, and he works (relatively) cheap.

  10. broncoboogie says: Feb 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    All ya’ll sound like haters,fox was too conservative and that Broncos team was soft,give credit where credit is so this Broncos team is tough mentally and physically they overcome injuries QB changes etc they win close games Cam newton and the panthers haven’t really been tested I’m sure all you guys saying the panthers gonna blow them out said the patriots was gonna blow them out too admit it ya’ll just mad cause ya’ll teams have been delegated to spectators so shut up and spectate.

  11. tomtravis76 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:42 AM

    Of these two teams, would Much rather see Cam and the Panthers hold up the Lombardi. But the Denver D is fun to watch attack the offense. It should be a good game to watch when you just are ready to move onto the off season to see how the team you cheer for reloads.

  12. vikingforlife says: Feb 2, 2016 9:43 AM

    So, when “washed up” Peyton (others’ words-definitely not mine) WINS the SB on Sunday along with his fellow Broncos, what will all of you say? Elway just stated a fact: his team regressed last year under Fox. This year, they made it back to the SB under Kubiak. So, what are you all trying to say???

  13. whodey83 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:43 AM

    So you made the change…to get the same results? Kubiak isn’t a better coach than Fox. Go eat some more oats, John.

  14. broncoboogie says: Feb 2, 2016 9:45 AM

    All ya’ll sound like haters,fox was too conservative and that Broncos team was soft,give credit where credit is do,this Broncos team is tough mentally and physically they overcome injuries QB changes etc they win close games Cam newton and the panthers haven’t really been tested I’m sure all you guys saying the panthers gonna blow them out said the patriots was gonna blow them out too admit it ya’ll just mad cause ya’ll teams have been delegated to spectators so shut up and spectate.

  15. billytodd2013blbaad says: Feb 2, 2016 9:46 AM

    Kubiak hasn’t won anything yet so Elway may wanna hold his horses so to speak because your at the same exact place that Fox got you 2 years ago.

  16. haughville says: Feb 2, 2016 9:50 AM

    broncoboogie says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    All ya’ll sound like haters,fox was too conservative and that Broncos team was soft,give credit where credit is so this Broncos team is tough mentally and physically they overcome injuries QB changes etc

    ——————————————————
    Yeah Kubiak is an aggressive play caller and doesn’t run Hillman on 1st and 2nd down for two yard pops every possesion. Please, they won because of their defense and despite Kubiak. Sorry…..

  17. gojags says: Feb 2, 2016 9:50 AM

    Kubiak is a very good coach. I really like Kubiak as a coach. But this is cheap by Elway to bring it at this juncture. In all due respect, Fox took the Broncos to the superbowl as well with slightly less talent and that was not the only team he took it to superbowl.

  18. ducknichols50 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:56 AM

    Its the NFL….you know that the NFL is not gonna let the Panthers win this game. Elway just slipped up and spoke before the game was over and finished. The Broncos win this game with a game winning TD pass from Manning on his last drive as an NFL QB.

    Elway just spoke before he remembered that the game had not been played yet.

  19. bucks4ever13 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:10 AM

    I wasn’t happy to see Foxy leave Charlotte. Loved him as a coach but looking back, it was probably time for a shift. I didn’t understand replacing a defensive coach with a defensive coach but it’s worked out well. Rivera has been better than I imagined. What’s amazing is we gave him time in an era where it seems like no coach gets more than 3 or 4 years if even one of them is a “bad” year. Keep pounding! Go Panthers! Closer than most believe but still a Panthers win. 21-17.

  20. cornerstone2001 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:15 AM

    I hope the Broncos get wiped out for the way the jerk Elway treated Tim Tebow

  21. dmretrogames says: Feb 2, 2016 10:15 AM

    Until Kubiak also gets blown out in a Super Bowl, then who will he hire?

  22. blue18hutthutt says: Feb 2, 2016 10:16 AM

    Fox is a great team-builder, like Schottenheimer, and great at turning organizations around, but not a coach who can take that team to the next level alas due to having a conservative mindset and not a great game-day coach

  23. dmretrogames says: Feb 2, 2016 10:18 AM

    “So, what are you all trying to say???”

    That Denver is going to get curbstomped on Sunday and Elway will still be without a Super Bowl as a GM.

  24. dreadnok89 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:19 AM

    You couldnt win when peyton threw over 50 tds lol

  25. tedmurph says: Feb 2, 2016 10:19 AM

    How unlikable is John Elway. As a QB, 2-3 in SBowls, by the way. Now he’s telling everybody that will listen how smart he is for 2 weeks leading to the SBowl, while throwing people under the bus. We shall see.

  26. billmiller1991 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:24 AM

    Pace tried to talk to Kubiak but he declined. I’m glad he did… was not all that impressed with his Houston teams. Fox was a much better fit for the rebuilding Bears. Likewise, I doubt Kubiak could have taken the Broncos team Fox inherited and built them up so fast. Good luck to Denver, but Chicago loves John Fox.

  27. mrbiz8505 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:26 AM

    Ya…his conservative approach is why they lost the SB by 40pts…

  28. mswravens says: Feb 2, 2016 10:27 AM

    OUCH! So when you lose this one, and Peyton retires, and Ware shows his age & you struggle to even qualify next year, what will you have to say, you horse-toothed jack*** (with apologies to BabaBooey)

  29. yourcubreporter says: Feb 2, 2016 10:32 AM

    Elway: a horse face that sounds like a horse’s ass.

    What a low grade comment.

  30. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 10:33 AM

    Remember all the bloviatriot fans who said that game would be a blowout too?

    Class acts Elway and Kubes showing the cheats how it’s done with integrity.

  31. infectorman says: Feb 2, 2016 10:42 AM

    Look at this way.

    It was only 24 months ago the Donkeys got slaughtered by a spectacular Seahag team.

    That year they had:
    Peyton Manning: all HGHed up and coming off of a NFL All-Time record setting season for yards and TD passes.

    Demaryus Thomas,
    Julius Thomas,
    Wes Welker,
    Eric Decker,
    Knowhon Moreno,
    CJ Anderson,
    Montee Ball and
    Jacob Tamme

    and that entire All Star team managed 1 stinking Touch Down the entire game

    By the end of the first half it was Hags 22 and Donks ZIPPO.
    Then the 3d Qtr opens and Percy Harvin runs back the KO for a TD, 29 – 0.

    The game was over before the 3rd Qtr even started ticking down and Manning was now facing a soft prevent defense and went on to complete a boatload of meaningless passes and set yet another meaningless record.

    Compare that to 12 months later when NE beat Seattle. Granted the Seahags were banged up, but they were trying to protect a lead to win back – to back SB’s and it was anything BUT the joke of a game they had a year before , where they could basically taste the celebratory champagne by halftime.
    No prevent defense here, no lead to protect, they were in a real street fight and Brady Tore them apart, surpassing Manning’s incidental completions record from the prior year, throwing or 4 TD’s and leading yet another playoff game- winning drive on his way to his 3rd SB MVP and 4th SB title.

    This all happens within a calendar year, and someone would actually state Manning is a better QB than Brady?

    Bullocks

  32. unitedramp says: Feb 2, 2016 10:44 AM

    Elway and som(I said SOME) of their fans make me dislike this team. I respect their D and Manning but other than that, I hope the Panthers win to spite Elway

  33. richabbs says: Feb 2, 2016 10:47 AM

    So, if the Panthers blow out the Broncos in the Super Bowl, will Elway be looking for a new Head Coach?

  34. unitedramp says: Feb 2, 2016 10:48 AM

    orange and blue rule the AFC says:
    Feb 2, 2016 10:33 AM
    Remember all the bloviatriot fans who said that game would be a blowout too?

    Class acts Elway and Kubes showing the cheats how it’s done with integrity.
    ——————————————————————————
    Class acts don’t throw their former coach under the bus. Don’t know too much about “Kubes” but he really didn’t do anything with Houston and has taken Fox’s team to the same place Fox did two years ago. Wade Phillips deserves most of the credit here, “Kubes” is just Elways former clipboard holder and is now his puppet

  35. stealthjunk says: Feb 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    A lot of you are missing the point. Fox’s team was dreadfully unprepared and embarrassingly out-coached against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl and then against the Colts the following year in the Divisional Round. There was no excuse for losing so shamefully with such a talented team and record. At this point anything better than losing 43-8 in the Super Bowl means Kubiak is an upgrade over Fox. Not necessarily a “success” if they don’t win, but certainly an upgrade.

  36. djrando7 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:04 AM

    I love the fact that all these Broncos haters just LOVE to come on these blog posts and spew hate from their keyboard. All the Cheatriot fans were doing the same thing all week leading up to AFC Championship. Blabbing blabbing blabbing. As soon as Denver won, those cowards were nowhere to be found.

    While I don’t know if the Broncos are going to win, with the way everything just loves to spew hate on Peyton and the Broncos, I hope with everything in me that they do convincingly so that all of you trolls have to sit there and let it fester in your mind for months.

  37. unitedramp says: Feb 2, 2016 11:45 AM

    djrando7 I just hope your team comes out to play so it’s an entertaining SB unlike some of the other ones:
    39-20
    35-10 (over at halftime)
    42-10 (over at halftume)
    55-10 (over in the 1st Q)
    43-8 (over in the 1st Q)

    And no, I’m not a Pats or Carolina fan

  38. iowahbr says: Feb 2, 2016 11:52 AM

    Nothing really relevant to the Bears at the Bear’s location as is always the case around Super Bowl time.

  39. tylawspick6 says: Feb 2, 2016 12:06 PM

    LMAO

    You haven’t won anything yet, overrated Horseteeth!

    You best hope the weather is pristine on Sunday for Gomer, too.

  40. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 12:42 PM

    infectorman,

    I watched that game, and they were more than “a little beat up.” It wasn’t until their best pass rusher went out that Brady “tore them apart.” Even then, it took the worst play call in super bowl history for the Patriots to not lose their third in a row.

    As to who’s better; today that’s Brady obviously, with Peyton’s injury and all. Career? Open to debate. Brady had the better defense and special teams most of his career. Teams win super bowls. He was a game manager for the first 3, I watched those too.

    If you gave me the same defense and special teams and skill players, all else being equal, I’d take Montana, then Manning, then Brady, but not by much.

  41. infectorman says: Feb 2, 2016 12:43 PM

    ducknichols50 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:56 AM

    Its the NFL….you know that the NFL is not gonna let the Panthers win this game. Elway just slipped up and spoke before the game was over and finished. The Broncos win this game with a game winning TD pass from Manning on his last drive as an NFL QB.

    Elway just spoke before he remembered that the game had not been played yet.
    __________________________________

    This is exactly what I said.
    This situation is almost a carbon copy of Ray Lewis’ final year, where the NFL fiction writers dreamed up a story-book ending to his career.

    By that time, Lewis was a liability on the field, as is Manning in many ways today ( or at least comparatively speaking to the QB he used to be) and the NFL wanted to put a final shine on the Ray Lewis Shoe that had been stomping on the NFL shield for the past 13 years when he lost his bloody white suit.

    Manning’s alleged HGH use will wither and die on the vine if he goes out a winner and hangs up the cleats, and the NFL will be able to put that same shine on a potentially messy ending of the Golden boys career.

    This all means Carolina has no shot to win

  42. timotheewhealon says: Feb 2, 2016 12:50 PM

    All I see here is a lot of jealous, Elway/Broncos haters.

    The team that bowed out of the playoffs last year and coached by Foxy, performed totally unacceptably.

    Coach Fox is now in Chicago where I’m sure he’ll do great and I wish him the best of luck.

    The Broncos meanwhile, have a shot at winning a Super Bowl. Can’t ask for more than that. And if they don’t win… they sure didn’t not show up during the playoffs.

    Seems to me, it’s worked out best all around for three organizations and coaches.

    All the bitter Broncos commenters, well, just stay bitter cause they’re at least a franchise committed to winning unlike 60% of NFL franchises out there.

  43. infectorman says: Feb 2, 2016 1:02 PM

    @ orange and blue:

    Deion Branch or Marvin Harrison?
    David Givens or Reggie Wayne?
    Antwaan Smith or Edgarrin James
    Cory Dillon or Edgarrin James?
    Laurence Maroney or Joseph Addai
    Ben Watson or Dallas Clark

    8 outdoor home games 1/2 in the cold weather 8 Dome Home games? And a few more in Houston?

    Peyton has had more tools his ENTIRE CAREER and Brady has always done more with less.
    That aspect is not even close. If you try and make the argument that it is, then your homer pants are showing.

    Brady did have Better D’s in the first 1/2 of last decade , but when NE got to 2 more SBs (and lost the Giants ) they had some of the worst secondary’s going in the entire league through those years.

    Beyond all of that, when big games are on the line, Peyton’s withers. He has consistently made the bad throw and/or decision and he’s blown way too many big games, to even be in the top 5 QB’s of all time.

    Reg season, he’s great.
    Playoff’s he got a lot QB’s ahead of him, including Brady, Montana, Starr, Aikman, Steve Young, Bradshaw, Elway, Warner, Eli, Unitas and even Rothlesburger

    There is no changing that, regardless of what happens Sunday.

  44. TheManufacturer says: Feb 2, 2016 1:12 PM

    dang why are people so hostile
    Towards John all he’s done is build an all time great defense and enticed one of the all time great QBs to his team. Shhhhh

  45. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 1:17 PM

    infectorman,
    My Denver homer pants are showing as I talk about a guy who played mostly for the Colts?!? Get outta here.

    Wilfork, Seymour, Law, McGinnist, Milloy, just off the top of my head. The Patriots (wisely) put their money on defense while the Colts tripled down on offense. And how many of those guys you mentioned are a product of Manning? I don’t see a lot of success with those guys elsewhere.

    Defense and special teams win in the postseason, and Brady has had that in spades, and when he hasn’t they haven’t won, just like this year. If you ignore that, well, like you said, homer pants.

  46. footballfan72 says: Feb 2, 2016 1:24 PM

    Pretty sure that wasn’t John Fox taking a safety off a bobbled snap 8 seconds into super bowl 48….

  47. vikingforlife says: Feb 2, 2016 1:46 PM

    Yep, that sure was the ONLY thing that went wrong in that game….

  48. jdillydawg says: Feb 2, 2016 2:16 PM

    So, Elway is saying they fired Fox to win the Superbowl.

    The one they haven’t won yet.

    Does Kubiak’s future with the Broncos rest on a victory this Sunday?

  49. korthjw says: Feb 2, 2016 2:58 PM

    Bradshaw had Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, Franco Harris and Mike Webster as teammates.

    Montana had Jerry Rice, Randy Cross, John Taylor, and Ronnie Lott as teammates.

    Manning had Marvin Harrison, Jeff Saturday and Dwight Freeney as teammates.

    Unitas had Raymond Berry and Jim Parker as teammates.

    Brady has had … no future likely Hall of Famers, just a great coach and a strong owner.

    Hands down, Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history.

  50. infectorman says: Feb 2, 2016 3:05 PM

    Thumbs down all you want ladies,

    Peyton chokes when the lights are the brightest.
    That is his legacy.

    And yes, Harrison, Wayne and James would have all been studs with another team.
    No way you can state that about the players Brady played with beside Moss and Welker.

    Reality hurts, I know

  51. kcnative says: Feb 2, 2016 3:33 PM

    “That John Fox…heehaw heehaw he always lost in the first round…”

  52. tedmurph says: Feb 2, 2016 3:48 PM

    It doesn’t matter who had what skill players and who had what defenses or coaches. Players play. Brady and Manning both went 12-4,13-3,14-2 every year. In the playoffs, with the money on the line, Brady is 22-8(record,GOAT), Manning is 13-13. Not hard to see the difference. Even in Brady’s 2 SBowl losses, he left the field with the lead with under 3 mins left, and the D couldn’t get the job done. Period, end of story.

  53. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 4:20 PM

    tedmurph
    Minimizes impact of defense, then goes on to use lack of same as excuse for super bowl losses.

    Montana never lost or so much as threw a pick in super bowls. Greatest. Period, end of story.

  54. TheWizard says: Feb 2, 2016 4:46 PM

    Fox took the Broncos to the superbowl as well with slightly less talent

    We were told that was the best offense ever. Two years prior, when Tebow won all those games, we were told it was only because of the great defense.

    The Broncos are challenging the Oilers as the most talented team to never win anything.

  55. TheWizard says: Feb 2, 2016 4:50 PM

    Montana never lost or so much as threw a pick in super bowls

    Only good enough to make 4 of them with a superteam.

    Tom has been to 6 over a 15 year span.

    That’s greatness.

  56. vuudu says: Feb 2, 2016 4:55 PM

    John Fox better get this twitter game ready. This is set up for a knockout retort.

  57. jgedgar70 says: Feb 2, 2016 5:50 PM

    I don’t think much of Fox as a coach. When he was here in Carolina, if you had the ball first and 10, and the next play didn’t result in 10 yards, you were guaranteed the next 2 plays would be draws up the middle, followed by a punt. It is so much better with Cam knowing that we can still get a first down when it’s 3rd and 17.

    KEEP POUNDING!

  58. kagey7 says: Feb 2, 2016 6:41 PM

    Certainly did not help that fox had his good friend glazer put out a report that he expected to be fired right before the super bowl and that he would be looking for a job. Players said after the super bowl that this was the first time they heard about it.

  59. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 8:19 PM

    TheWizard says:
    Feb 2, 2016 4:50 PM
    Montana never lost or so much as threw a pick in super bowls

    Only good enough to make 4 of them with a superteam.

    Tom has been to 6 over a 15 year span.

    That’s greatness.
    =============
    You obviously weren’t born yet, so let me give you a history lesson. The NFC was absolutely brutal back then. EVERYBODY had a “superteam”, NY, Dallas, Washington, Chicago, etc. Getting through that was a gauntlet. Ask your parents what happened to NE when they ran into the buzzsaw that was the ’85 Bears. Montana had to get through that, EVERY YEAR. And when he did, he NEVER faltered, unlike Brady.

    THAT’S greatness!

    20 – 18 peace out

  60. haywoodjablomee says: Feb 2, 2016 9:34 PM

    Hey Elway, maybe they should have cut YOU after you failed to win your first three Super Bowls.

  61. bpacha76 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:41 PM

    I’m pulling for Denver (though I don’t have faith they’ll win). Anyway I’m a manning fan ,Peyton not Mr I smell a fart. I also like kubes. When he was down here in Houston he seemed like a great guy. Anyway I’d like Peyton to go out on top. I’m going to say though the best move kubes made was hiring wade. If wade has a game plan like he did against big game Brady they have a shot. I truly believe if they have a ice cubes chance in Texas in the summer it is because of wade and that defense. Not Peyton,kubes,always leadership or anything else. Wade and that defense period.

  62. TYPE O NEGATIVE says: Feb 3, 2016 1:27 AM

    From the Quarterback who was blown out by the Giants, Redskins and 49ers before he won anything

  63. bears5683 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:40 AM

    Those NFC Teams in the mid 80’s that beat San Fran in the playoffs were some of the best ever. 85 Bears. 86 Giants. and even the 87 Redskins. Look em up.

  64. vikingforlife says: Feb 3, 2016 10:36 AM

    What in the WORLD does any of that have to with Elway getting rid of Fox???

  65. qbarrel says: Feb 4, 2016 8:42 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:43 AM
    So, when “washed up” Peyton (others’ words-definitely not mine) WINS the SB on Sunday along with his fellow Broncos, what will all of you say? Elway just stated a fact: his team regressed last year under Fox. This year, they made it back to the SB under Kubiak. So, what are you all trying to say???

    —————–

    They made it to the SB on the back of a tremendous defense that Kubiak had no part in building. Their offense is a complete shambles and will likely result in another embarrassing SB loss – and THAT will be on Kubiak.

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