LOS ANGELES: The Denver Broncos and coach John Fox agreed to part ways on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), less than 24 hours after Indianapolis ousted Denver from the NFL playoffs.
“John Fox and I met for more than an hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2014 season and our goals for the future,” Broncos president of football operations John Elway said in a statement. “During our open and candid conversation, it became clear that it was best for both the Denver Broncos and Coach Fox to move on and make this change.”
Fox has guided the Broncos to AFC West division titles in every season during his four-year tenure and led them to a conference championship last season, when the Broncos fell to Seattle in the Super Bowl.
Denver went 12-4 this season and was a heavy favorite against the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s second-round playoff game, but lost 24-13.
“We had goals, obviously. We fell short of those goals,” Fox said after the defeat.
Despite the absence of a Super Bowl title, Fox had a strong run in Denver. The Broncos were 46-18 in his four seasons, the last three with Peyton Manning at quarterback.
“While we have made significant progress under Coach Fox, there is still work to be done,” Elway said. “I believe this change at the head coaching position will be in the best interest of our long-term goal, which from day one has been to win World Championships.”
Manning, 38, looked his age on Sunday and sounded uncertain about his playing future in post-game comments. He has two years remaining on his contract.
Fox, 59, previously spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, leading them to an NFC title in 2003. His contract at Denver had two more years to run.
The Denver Post reported that Manning had also met with Elway on Monday and the two agreed that he should take more time to make a decision. AFP