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John Fox didn’t pay much attention to John Elway’s comments at Super Bowl

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 27: Jead coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears watches from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Fox Getty Images

In the days leading up to Super Bowl 50, there were questions for plenty of members of the Broncos organization about Gary Kubiak taking over as head coach for John Fox before the 2015 season.

General Manager John Elway had the most pointed comments on the decision, saying at different points that the team made the move to get past their first game of the playoffs — something Fox failed to do twice in four trips with Denver — and that there was something wrong “if you can’t get guys excited about playing in the playoffs that time of year.” Speaking to the media from the Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Fox shrugged his shoulders about Elway’s comments.

“I don’t really pay much attention to what’s said, whether it’s even about our own team sometimes,” Fox said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “But we’ve got our own set of issues. That’s kinda all behind right now.”

Fox said it was “unfortunate” that there had to be a loser in a Super Bowl matching two teams he coached in the past because he still has relationships with people in the Panthers and Broncos organizations. He said he congratulates “most of them” for their success while trying to get the Bears on track for a playoff run of their own.

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  1. jojopuppyfish says: Feb 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    He’s taking the high road

  2. jemeehan318 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    The high road is always the one least traveled. Well done Coach Fox. Now fix my Bears, will ya?

  3. aldavisfortytime says: Feb 24, 2016 12:42 PM

    John Fox is a great person, and he’s great a building up poor teams.

    He’s just too conservative for his own good, which bites him when it counts the most.

  4. paulieorkid says: Feb 24, 2016 12:47 PM

    What NFL player would need a rah rah speech to get motivated to play a regular season game, let alone a freaking playoff game???

    What? As HOF legend Chuck Noll once said (paraphrasing), “I don’t believe in rah rah speeches — because that only gets you this far (fingers squeezed tight). Winning is a function of execution.”

    It blows my mind that Elway tried to pin it on Foxy for the stated reason that he couldn’t get his players sufficiently motivated.

    Congratulations to Denver, but the real reason they never got over the hump was their defense lacked the talent it has now. It had NOTHING to do with motivating players for playoff games.

  5. fedegene says: Feb 24, 2016 12:49 PM

    Elway must have had his reasons to do what he did, and his choices paid off, both with Manning and Fox. This said, I feel very good about having a coach who went to the Super Bowl twice at the helm of the Bears. Fox may be seen as a loser for losing both those SB, but how many teams and coaches get there? Fox is a very good coach. No story here (and nothing against Elway either, he was one of my favorite players in his playing days and his recent accomplishments show that he is one of the most successful NFL executives too).

  6. stew48 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:50 PM

    Even tho Elway was a very good QB and has had success as an executive with the Broncos, he remains in the jerk class of humans.

  7. mack2x says: Feb 24, 2016 12:51 PM

    If it takes the Coach to get guys excited about the Playoffs, then yeah, there’s a problem.

  8. kvvvv2391 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:01 PM

    When you’re sitting at the the top of the hill, it’s easy to puff your chest and throw stones. But as the bible says, “Ye who is puffy today should be aware that when Manning spliteth and your new quarterback is Ostweiler, Ye too will know the sour taste of defeat!”

  9. rootpain says: Feb 24, 2016 1:02 PM

    stew48 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 12:50 PM
    Even tho Elway was a very good QB and has had success as an executive with the Broncos, he remains in the jerk class of humans.
    ============================+
    Yeah, I agree with you. There was no reason for those comments except it does show that there is an issue with inadequacy on Elway’s part.

  10. 2ruefan says: Feb 24, 2016 1:03 PM

    I agree with Pauliorkid..
    The difference had to do with TALENT, specifically on defense.
    If the defense had not been as good as it was, I think they would have won MAYBE 8 games this year.

    Rah-Rah speeches get your adrenaline going. How long does that last? About 5 minutes, tops? Then what?

    Like Noll used to say… it comes down to execution.

    His approach was summed up in this quote:

    “Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.”

  11. dietrich43 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:06 PM

    The Jerk Store called, said they’re out of Elway.

  12. bryonneufeld says: Feb 24, 2016 1:08 PM

    paulieorkid says:
    Feb 24, 2016 12:47 PM
    What NFL player would need a rah rah speech to get motivated to play a regular season game, let alone a freaking playoff game???

    What? As HOF legend Chuck Noll once said (paraphrasing), “I don’t believe in rah rah speeches — because that only gets you this far (fingers squeezed tight). Winning is a function of execution.”

    It blows my mind that Elway tried to pin it on Foxy for the stated reason that he couldn’t get his players sufficiently motivated.

    Congratulations to Denver, but the real reason they never got over the hump was their defense lacked the talent it has now. It had NOTHING to do with motivating players for playoff games.

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    I disagree with you. I’ve been following the Broncos closely for several years now.

    The Broncos were not ready for that Seahawks team in 2013 and looked like junk against the Colts in 2014. Say what you will, but Bill Belichik’s teams never get blown out in the playoffs.

    That being said, Kubiak is way overrated as an offensive mind. This year’s Broncos were junk on offense. The Super Bowl was won on Defense (see Wade Phillips and Von Miller) and Kubiak did a good job of keeping everyone disciplined and focused.

  13. flybirdhaters27 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:13 PM

    Hey Elway, the jerk store called they’re running out of you!

  14. pftreader03 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:15 PM

    The difference had nothing to do with talent. The Broncos had 10 of the 11 starters from this year’s defense on Fox’s defense the season before. Only Darian Stewart came in. On offense, they had worse talent than Fox had his last three seasons, with Julius Thomas leaving, Manning hitting the slope, DT having his worst season since his rookie year, and an injured O-line that was worse than what Fox ever had in Denver.

    The Broncos won the Super Bowl because they had a better head coach who put together a better coaching staff that both put players in a better position to succeed (like the 3-4 scheme), and actually motivated the players. Motivation isn’t just about rah-rah speeches (which are overrated), but about keeping players focused. Before Fox’s last game as Broncos’ HC, his players were thinking about New England, and he, Jack Del Rio, and Adam Gase were making pitches to other teams about being head coaches. And the Broncos lost.

  15. dbfan4ever says: Feb 24, 2016 1:16 PM

    Coach Fox was absolutely responsible for the Broncos early exits. His ultra conservative style cost us in those games. The last playoff game against the Colts he was coaching with one foot out of the door! Chris Harris jr was begging to cover TY Hilton in that game and neither he or Del Rio (also had one foot out of the door) would allow him to do so. I will never be convinced that both of them didn’t tank that last game so they could coach elsewhere. The fact that the Bears basically named him as the frontrunner for their HC job less than 2 hours after he was fired is beyond suspicious to me!

  16. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 24, 2016 1:19 PM

    Elway wants full control of everything and Fox had his own ideas. Elway knew he could control Kubiak. And the Defense was better as well.

  17. qbarrel says: Feb 24, 2016 1:25 PM

    Foxy taking the high road makes Elway look even more like a tool. Even when he was a player, he was one of the least likable guys in the NFL. It drives me crazy that history remembers him for riding TDs coattails to a pair of rings in the twilight of his career, rather than the prior 14 years of choking.

  18. hosanamusic says: Feb 24, 2016 1:31 PM

    A couple things were missing from the story (particularly the back story). There were members of the team that lost in in 2014-2015 that wanted to lose the game in Indy because the (quote from several players, DT, Sanders, Talib, Ware etc) “they didn’t want to play New England in New England”. Those soft players were not benched and played throughout the game with the staff knowing. That’s on Fox. Most of those players found the exit like John Fox did.

    Call Elway a jerk all you want. That “Jerk” won was responsible for their 7 out of 8 Super Bowl appearances and 3 Super Bowls Wins.

    TBH most of your teams could use a “Jerk”.

  19. campcre3k says: Feb 24, 2016 1:48 PM

    The Broncos have the same defense they had last year in the playoff game against the colts so people can chill with the talent upgrade the only upgrade is the defensive coordinator, jack del-rio is more of a laid back coach who plays conservative while wade is an attacking never letting up coach.

  20. rckymtnthndr17 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:52 PM

    Kudos to Elway for being bold and firing Fox. That Broncos team who lost to Indy last year had no heart or desire to win, much like the team who was dominated by the Seahawks in SB 48.

  21. rckymtnthndr17 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:00 PM

    Kudos to Elway for being bold and firing Fox. That Broncos team who lost to Indy last year had no heart or desire to win, much like the team who was dominated by the Seahawks in SB 48. That is a direct reflection on the coaches. A winning culture starts with leadership. Fox is a lame duck head coach. Great during the regular season, nothing in the playoffs.

  22. snowdood163 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:12 PM

    Fox is 100% the reason the Broncos weren’t competitive in that SB. If you’re denying that, you’ve got some bears colored glasses on. One example that sticks in my mind:

    Why practice a silent snap count? It’s not an away game.

    – John Fox prior to SB 48

  23. wrlegrand says: Feb 24, 2016 2:13 PM

    “Most of them”…lol

    Pointed at Elway. What an ego-maniac.

  24. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 24, 2016 2:33 PM

    It’s pretty sad that Fox and the Bears are looking to get rid of every productive player on the roster (Jeffery, Forte, Bennett) while keeping Cutler to lead them to the promised land.

    What a sick and cruel joke on Bears fans. It’s like the team wants to fail them.

  25. stealthjunk says: Feb 24, 2016 3:05 PM

    I think there’s more to the Elway-Fox story that hasn’t been disclosed. Fox’s agent leaked the day before the Colts playoff loss that he was headed for Chicago and then the team went out and lost a brutal game. Something else happened besides him simply losing that game.

  26. randomcommenter says: Feb 24, 2016 3:07 PM

    Fox is a better coach than Kubiak. Clady and Von Miller missed the Super Bowl under Fox. That was a huge factor.

    Take Von Miller off this Broncs team and they don’t even make the playoffs.

  27. purpleguy says: Feb 24, 2016 3:23 PM

    There must have been more going on behind the scenes for Elway to publicly trash Fox like that. It certainly doesn’t do anyone any good, except for making it a more entertaining game next time the Bears/Broncos play.

  28. milehighcityboss says: Feb 24, 2016 4:14 PM

    randomcommenter says:

    Feb 24, 2016 3:07 PM
    Fox is a better coach than Kubiak. Clady and Von Miller missed the Super Bowl under Fox. That was a huge factor.

    Take Von Miller off this Broncs team and they don’t even make the playoffs.

    _____________________________________

    That is the dumbest thing I’ve heard today.. Clady missed this Super Bowl too, how did that turn out? And obviously you know nothing about the Broncos stacked roster. Miller definitely didn’t have the impact all year you think he did. He is great and had an amazing playoffs but he did not do that all year consistently. What did he do against the Steelers twice?

  29. axespray says: Feb 24, 2016 5:40 PM

    Did the head coach matter thou?
    More like the defensive coordinator that turned those guys into an attacking unit instead of a bend don’t break unit.

  30. brucetrimble says: Feb 24, 2016 5:59 PM

    @pftreader03

    I agree with you 100%

  31. bullogne says: Feb 24, 2016 7:00 PM

    I laugh at the Elway bashing here.

    In Elway’s 5 years as GM
    -5 AFC West titles
    -2 Super Bowl trips
    -Super Bowl 50 Champs

    Elway was 100% correct to replace Fox with Kubiak, the results speak for themselves. Fox had a much better and healthier Broncos offence and the SAME defensive players last year than what Kubiak had this year. Kubiak had this team mentally tough to battle the tough games, Fox choked in the big games and his teams were ill prepared. Denver’s 3 playoff losses the last 3 years could all be pinned on him. The choke job vs Baltimore when the game was won. Brutal game plan and no sense of crowd noise for a Super Bowl, that brutal first play against Seattle was all on John Fox. The Indy game? The Colts ran 14 consecutive pass plays to start the game and Del Rio/Fox had no clue what was going on. Where Fox is good is at taking poor teams out of the basement, just don’t ask him to win the Super Bowl.

  32. bassplucker says: Feb 24, 2016 10:12 PM

    That Bears team Fox inherited had less talent than any team he’s led since he took over in Carolina. No impact players on defense at all and the only offensive players the Bears had who scared anyone could not stay on the field due to injuries.

    Give him some better players this offseason (including a 1st round pick who actually plays his rookie season this time) and get the playmakers they do have in shape and they won’t be a joke anymore starting this coming season and for awhile to come. 6 wins with that weak roster and installing all new offense and defense schemes of was actually pretty good.

  33. nervoushermit says: Feb 25, 2016 1:43 AM

    There’s always some luck in this game. Any Denver fan honestly believe they would have beat NE in NE?

  34. glacierdude says: Feb 25, 2016 3:25 PM

    Fox is a decent coach but he will NEVER be able to win the big one. When they lost to Seattle it was like Fox took the entire day off. I’m not so sure he even remembers that game. He sucked as a head coach.

  35. bill4544 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:46 PM

    Lol funny Elway, lets see how you handle your drug taking QB in the off season .

  36. kevpft says: Feb 25, 2016 11:58 PM

    It was painful to watch some of the timid decisions Fox made in crucial playoff situations with Denver, but I can’t say I’ve been impressed with anything Kubiak’s done.

    I mean, you have a future HOF QB on the roster and you spend the season trying to shoehorn him into a foreign scheme that he’s not comfortable with and which isn’t even very good to begin with.

    Wade Phillips is the reason this team has its new trophy. Kubiak was even more just along for the ride than was Manning.

  37. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 26, 2016 10:44 AM

    John ‘Gums’ Elway needs to show some class…

  38. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 26, 2016 10:48 AM

    I can’t believe Wade Phillips didn’t have a job last year!!! Great DC!

  39. cueghost says: Feb 26, 2016 1:13 PM

    The Philips in for Del Rio move was what brought out the best in this Defense that Elway put together… switching to the 3-4 and simplifying coverages allowed the players to play fast and natural. Without Wade, Denver wouldn’t have even sniffed the Super Bowl.

    Fox and Elway didn’t see eye to eye on quite a few important issues. That’s not to say either was right or wrong, they just have fundamental differences in philosophy… so it was a good divorce for both sides.

  40. numerouno49erfan says: Feb 28, 2016 9:20 AM

    I think it’s funny that he couldn’t win a super bowl with a stacked Broncos team & Peyton manning at qb, but people think he can win with Jay Cutler & no defence in Chicago.

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