On the first day of the NFL Combine, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox spoke to a contingency of media for the first time since right after the Super Bowl.
The hot topics ranged from the team’s running backs to the upcoming draft to the status of Wes Welker.
“Wes Welker is under contract so I don’t think it’s a tremendous decision,” Fox said.
Here are some other highlights from Fox’s time at the podium.
On his reflections of the Super Bowl
“I think we were capable of playing better. Not taking anything away from them—because like I said before they had a lot to do with it—I’m disappointed that we didn’t play better. I thought we had a great season and unfortunately did not have our best effort in the last game.”
On Ronnie Hillman
“He’s a tremendous talent. I think, obviously, everyone has their own style of offense. Ours is a little bit of communication at the line so it changes. So I think that slows down, in my opinion, a running back’s development. He has no issues running the ball; he put it on the ground a couple of times like they all do early in the season.”
On how much longer he thinks Peyton Manning can play.
“I don’t know. That something you would have to ask him. I think he had a very, very productive—maybe the most productive—season in history a year ago. I would say it looks pretty good for him moving forward.”
On whether locker room culture has changed
“I think one thing that has happened is it’s become way more public. I’m not pointing fingers…but kind of (laughing). That’s really the difference. Twenty years ago I don’t think there was near the coverage there is today. Right, wrong or indifferent, I think workplaces are different.”
On the medical uncertainty of Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe
“Both are completely different. Like any injury or illness, you give medical attention and you work through it. We have a full offseason to do that and I feel very comfortable with where the two guys are that you just mentioned. It’s a process and it takes time but we have time.”
On Manning’s off season routine
“Peyton has a program for everything (laughing). He’s in his program right now and one guy I don’t worry about in the offseason is him. He’ll be just fine.”