John Fox Defends Peyton Manning Following Colts Owner Jim Irsay's Comments

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox has come to the defense of quarterback Peyton Manning, and he didn't hold back on Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in the process.

Irsay had some critiques of Manning's time in Indianapolis—particularly about postseason performance and a lack of Super Bowl rings—and he decided to make them public in an interview with Jarrett Bell of USA Today, published Tuesday.

Fox subsequently sat down with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan of Moving the Chains on Sirius XM NFL Radio, and gave his thoughts on the matter (via Gray Caldwell of

I saw the comments, and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot. 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.