The legendary Broncos QB turned team executive believes Peyton Manning has more of a future in Denver than John Fox.
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Broncos Vice President John Elway said that fundamental disagreements with former head coach John Fox about the direction of the team led to Fox’s departure from the team on Monday.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Elway said he and John Fox didn’t see eye to eye about the future of the team, and that’s why Fox is no longer the team’s head coach.
“The main thing between John and I was we disagreed how to get to the next level,” Elway said. “The biggest miss between us was how do we take that next step.”
Elway said he and Fox have no hard feelings and they hugged on Monday after their meeting, but it’s time for Fox to go.
“It was the right time so we mutually agreed to part ways,” Elway said. “I like John Fox as a man very much. He is a very, very good man. He’s got a tremendous heart.
“I’d like to start out this press conference with a thank you to John Elway – err, John Fox,” Elway said with a slip of the tongue.
Elway also said he wants QB Peyton Manning back in Denver.
“I did have a great conversation with Peyton,” Elway said. “The bottom line is we want him back and it’s going to come down to what Peyton wants to do.”
Elway said he isn’t sure how the 38-year-old Manning feels physically, but Elway believes that if Manning thinks he can hold up for another season, the Broncos want him to do it.
“I can’t speak for Peyton, I don’t want to speak for Peyton,” Elway said. “That is something Peyton will have to deal with and as he goes through his decision that will be a part of it.”