The Denver Broncos parted ways with head coach John Fox a day after their defeat to the Indianapolis Colts.
“I had a productive visit with John Elway this afternoon in which we were both very honest about our time together and how to best move forward,” Fox maintained in a statement released by the team. “After this discussion, John and I mutually agreed that the timing was right for this decision.”
Like San Francisco’s parting from Jim Harbaugh, the parties here used neither “firing” nor “resignation” to describe the divorce.
“John Fox and I met for more than an hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2014 season and our goals for the future,” John Elway claimed. “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 won four division titles in his four seasons in Denver and departs with a 46-18 regular-season record. He led both Denver and Carolina to Super Bowls but failed in both efforts to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. With the 49ers, Bears, Jets, Falcons, and Raiders still searching for a coach, Fox, who describes himself as “eager to continue my coaching career,” looks like a strong bet to land on his feet somewhere should he choose to return to the sidelines in 2015.
In addition to the coaching change, the team faces much uncertainty this offseason. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, and 15 other Broncos hit the open market and quarterback Peyton Manning, who looked every bit his 38 years in Sunday’s loss to the Colts, conceded he needed time to “process” his situation before coming to a decision about a return or retirement.