Elway takes another shot at Fox

AP

Broncos G.M. John Elway hasn’t been bashful about the reasons for his decision to move on from coach John Fox after the 2014 season.

This is why we made the decision,” Elway said this week. “This was the idea — to get better and get past the first round.

In an interview with Phil Simms of CBS that aired during an endless pregame show (yeah, NBC did the same thing last year — and will do it again in two years), Elway was even more specific in his criticism of Fox.

“I just didn’t like two out of the last three years we lost in the first round with home field advantage,” Elway said. “And so to me that hurts. If you can’t get guys excited about playing in the playoffs that time of year, something’s wrong.”

That last sentence was the most potent. And it meshes with what receiver Demaryius Thomas told PFT Live in the days preceding last week’s Super Bowl.

“I feel like some guys, you know, didn’t have the fight or whatever it was,” Thomas said. “I think one thing was, I feel like guys kind of looked over the Colts. You had guys always talking the night before the game, you had, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’ And I think that was one of the big things.”

Elway saw it, and so Elway decided to make a change. And Elway has decided to be incredibly candid about that, given that the change has taken the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.

65 responses to “Elway takes another shot at Fox

  1. Kubiak is a downgrade in head coach. Wade Phillips is the reason this team is in the Super Bowl.

    Wait a couple of seasons. The Broncos will be back drafting in the top 10 due to Kubiak and “his offense” which is never adapted to the players on the team. The number one sign you have a bad coach.

  2. It’s simple – Elway is an egomaniac can’t abide by HCs who won’t lick his boots. That’s why Fox got fired. And that’s why he got Dan Reeves fired when Elway was still a player.

  3. Elway’s a clown who throws everyone under the bus.
    There was a WR that played for both the Broncos and the Niners back in the day…wont mention the name…initials JN…. who told a friend that Elway constantly made the wrong play calls and then blamed everyone else in the huddle.
    Montana, he said, was always cool in the huddle and never threw anyone under the bus

  4. rereynol says:
    Feb 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    I’m guessing Elway doesn’t feel like he gets enough credit, so he needs to articulate just how brilliant he thinks he is.

    ==========

    He’s in the damn Bowl — again. He’s new at it, and he’s running rings around other GMs.

  5. Gary Kubiak is not a good coach.. I have a feeling Elway is calling the plays on offense and Elway needed a guy to “make believe” he was the coach…
    Broncos offense has been terrible, the ONLY chance they have to win the Superbowl is if Panthers team is too nervous and hungover from last night. I happen to know most of the players partied last night and they all have parties tonight so if their heads are not focused then maybe Broncos stand a shot… If Panthers play like they have played all year Horse face is going to be blaming somebody else…AGAIN

  6. If only the Bengals had the guts to move on from a very good coach to one that can get them past the first round of the playoffs. Of course, that’s just not going to happen as long as Mike Brown is in charge of the team.

  7. /hyprcaffeinated-

    ” back drafting in the top 10 ” likes its common in Denver.

    Remind me the last time Denver drafted in the top 10 aside the Von Miller pick?

  8. Elway was right and the haters were wrong. Sorry. Without Kubiak, the Broncos don’t get Wade and don’t force the running game to manage Peyton. Deal with it.

  9. Waiting for the “Patriots MVP players Tom Shady (wearing shades no less) and Deion Brnach were the only SB MVP’s furiously booed by the entire stadium for the SB50 pregame MVP special memorium.”

    Lol, THAT was your 4-Ever 4 Asterisk Tainted Legacy in primetime example for the world to see chowdah-head fans…tainted, “For eh ver, for eh ver, for eh ver – Squints

  10. Like I’ve said before Elway and the Broncos ** are the most classless, dirtiest team in NFL. Not only do they have a ton of ped violators their front office is loaded with substance abusers. If not for cheating the cap Broncos ** would be the bills!

  11. He’s an idiot. Can’t wait to see his team get demolished worse than they did two years ago. I don’t wish this against the Broncos team, just Elway.

  12. hyprcaffeinated says:
    Feb 7, 2016 6:06 PM
    Kubiak is a downgrade in head coach. Wade Phillips is the reason this team is in the Super Bowl.
    ==================================
    Don’t make the mistake in thinking that Wade would make a good HC. That’s been tried several times before.

  13. Could care less about Elway or Kubiak. The blind leading the bland. I’m just hoping Ol’ Wade gets a ring. Class act, long suffering, good guy–oh, and one hell of a defensive minded genius.

    This is Wade’s last shot.

  14. So, if they lose tonight does John fire Kubiak? What is the point of getting to the super bowl if you lose? If you can’t get your guys excited enough to win the super bowl, you aren’t much of a coach, right John?

  15. elway knows his donkeys will lose the super bowl . he also knows the raiders should have beaten the donkeys twice this past season. the raiders are the future of the AFC west and the donkeys are soon to bite the dust in SB 50.

  16. Yeah, has nothing to do with the players.

    All class Elway, as usual. Not a fan of the Panthers, but want to see his excuse when they lose tonight. Probably still Fox’s fault.

  17. “he’s running rings around other GMs.”

    What has he won as a GM? Last I checked, they got to the SB with Fox too.

    If pros need to be motivated, that’s on them, not the coaches.

  18. If this was any another GM not named Elway, the majority of you would agree. Fox did NOT have the team ready in 2014, clock management lost that game against Baltimore in 2013 and last year the coaches were all out the door before the Indy game. Every da*n word Elway said is TRUTH.

  19. Wow!!!! Cotchery makes a catch, ruled incomplete, challenged, still incomplete. BUT IT WAS A CATCH. The announcers say “What could the reviewers have seen?” They saw manning on the other sideline. Damn. The fix in in.

  20. Agree with Elway, Fox had to go, why Fox only scored 8 lousy points! Oh wait, Fox wasn’t the QB, it was some HOF QB with all those passing records…… Looks like Denver will still be 2-6 in the big dance. Would have been worse if they hadn’t cheated on the Cap…..

  21. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 7, 2016 6:27 PM
    Elway has been a jerk his whole career. From the day he didn’t want to play for the colts.
    =================================
    Good gawd, I agree with you. Not many ever mention Elway’s stiffing Baltimore.

  22. “That last sentence was the most potent. And it meshes with what receiver Demaryius Thomas told PFT Live in the days preceding last week’s Super Bowl.”

    I didn’t know there was a Super Bowl last week…

  23. We will see. Denver made a short term decision to throw it all in
    to win the Super Bowl. There are few times in the history of the NFL
    that a QB the caliber of Peyton comes available.
    Elway’s true test is will he have the ability to transition a team from loads of veterans to younger successful players. Everyone has their
    speciality. Elway was a great QB but is he a great front office guy. We have seen many a great coach fail as a personal person. Time will tell.

  24. We will see. Denver made a short term decision to throw it all in
    to win the Super Bowl. There are few times in the history of the NFL
    that a QB the caliber of Peyton comes available.
    Elway’s true test is will he have the ability to transition a team from loads of veterans to younger successful players. Everyone has their
    speciality. Elway was a great QB but is he a great front office guy. We have seen many a great coach fail as a personal person. Time will tell.

  25. Elway is way over rated, the defense under Phillips kept them in the running this year . The offense was not very good no matter who was QB. Kubiak and his play calling did not over power the defense. Running down Fox is as class less as you can get.

  26. Elway way of saying Fox and I didn’t get along so it was his fault.

    Typical Elway, it was totally unprofessional and uncalled for. Real pros in the business don’t talk that way about the people they’be worked with like that.

    It really speaks to the arrogance of John Elway.

  27. When did Elway turn into Brandon Marshall?

    LET. IT. GO. DUDE!

    Oh hey. Do me a favor. Those defensive players you won your Superbowl with tonight? Yeah, those same players that were injured or couldn’t be paid when Foxy tried his hand at it…. Try to resign them all this off-season.

    You’ll be back to selling used cars in 3 years.

    Horse tooth jackass.

  28. I was surprised the team did not dump the Gatorade on Wade Phillips, who is the real reason the team played in and won the Super Bowl.

  29. Elway is the man! The Duke of Denver has delivered his 4th championship out of 8 possible. EIGHT! Elway is 2-3 in Super Bowls as a player, 1-1 as a GM, and 1-0 as part owner/GM of the Colorado Crush where he won a championship. I have tremendous respect for Elway and he’s truly one of the greatest football figures of our time.

  30. Kubiak couldn’t get the Texans very excited. Maybe it has something to do with the players. Wade Phillips has been around for decades and decades. He’s not in the super bowl every year either. Elway is the guy running the show. He has a good idea of what it takes to win, and which positions are most important, and then he hired good scouts to go out and find all these great DBs and pass rushers. They could lose Manning, Phillips, and Kubiak tomorrow, and still be a great team.

  31. Elway….Elway….is that the slimy car salesman who stabbed classy Dan Reeves in the back and got him fired after he failed himself as a Super Bowl QB?? The same Elway who eventually won in the Super Bowl thanks only to Terrell Davis / ground game ?? The same one who as GM accepted the AFC trophy before Coach Kubiak did? I thought it might be that same guy who has so much class he has to make an effort to point out the failings of a previous coach when his team is in the Super Bowl…what a total doosh.

  32. I never have liked Elway, even when I lived in Denver. He is way over his head in his current position, but he thinks he’s the sharpest tack in the box. Only slime bags throw people they have fired under the bus multiple times in the media, and that’s called insecurity. Classy organizations find a different way of answering questions that involve personnel. Denver does not and never has fit that mold.

  33. John, Gary, Payton, and Wade, are some of the NICEST people on the planet. Anyone who gives them a ration, simply does not know anything about people or about football. And, from some of your nasty remarks, I’m convinced there are some people who are posting nasty remarks who don’t even know the basics.

    John Elway did not “dis” Baltimore. That is ridiculous. Bob Irsay had such a HORRIBLE reputation (as an owner) and Frank Kush as a coach, that John’s dad recommended that John not allow himself to be drafted by the Colts, and play baseball instead (John had also been drafted by the KC Royals). That’s what happens when you have a REAL athlete up for grabs! In your misplaced hatred of John Elway, you FORGOT that the Baltimore Colts SNEAKED OUT OF TOWN in the middle of the night, and secretly moved to Indiana. If ANYONE “dissed” Baltimore it was the COLTS!!!!! What they did was OBSCENE and SNEAKY and DISHONEST; what John did was sensible (and many others did the same thing). No one can be forced to work for anyone in this free country! Would YOU want to be forced to work for a company you had no respect for, and an owner you couldn’t stand? Of course not! NO one would!

    John Fox was not compatible with the Broncos organization. John Elway and Pat Bowlen had been in business for decades; they had a perfect relationship; Annabel trusts him, and she is wise to trust him.

    Gary Kubiak was John Elway’s roommate for years; they know each other like brothers. And, they are STILL friends!!! They KNOW each other and nobody plays games. They are ALL smart, and kind, and hard w0rkers.

    Payton is JUST like John and they understand each other. LOOK AT JOHN’S RECORD and LOOK AT PAYTON’S RECORD!!!!

    Wade is NOT “head coach material” in spite of his father! BUT, he has found his “niche” and he is a PERFECT defensive coordinator!!! How wonderful it must be for him to finally be in the correct position. He can really expand in this role, because he is HAPPY in this role. He does NOT like being Head Coach. He LIKES being the defensive coordinator. And, that is a HUGE job in Denver.

    I know these men and I respect these men and I love these men. They KNOW what they are doing, and they are winners! And, when they lose they don’t cry and complain. They just work harder.

  34. Well, after a 43-8 stomping just 2 years ago Elway did his job by making the team stronger defensively. And now folks want to give Elway credit. I’m not buying it as that offense was dismal and worst ever to win a SB

  35. I am not so sure it was a shot. But you can’t argue things have improved. Fans have to remember Fox’s is known for his defense. Well they are much better off with Wade.

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