Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox reacts to the touchdown pass by quarterback Peyton Manning (18) to wide receiver Wes Welker (83) in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - John Fox stands behind his quarterback, on the field and on the radio.
The Denver Broncos' coach on Tuesday responded to comments about Peyton Manning made in USA Today by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
"We've changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these," Irsay told USA Today, flicking up his right hand to show his Super Bowl championship ring. "(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these. Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.
"You make the playoffs 11 times, and you're out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this."
On his weekly radio show on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Fox called Irsay's comments a "cheap shot" and "disappointing and inappropriate."
"I saw the comments, and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot," Fox told the hosts. "To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. Peyton would never say anything, he's too classy to do that, but they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me, for a guy that's set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I'd be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don't have one."
The Colts released Manning in March 2012 then drafted Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April. Manning signed with the Broncos in late March.
The Colts are planning to have a pregame tribute to Manning on Sunday night with the Broncos play at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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