Peyton Manning Delivers Broncos Ultimatum?


Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning was noncommittal on his future.

The speculation has already started on what that means for his future with the Denver Broncos.

There’s no way a guy like Manning would play his last game and have that result. No matter how bad he played. No matter how old he looked. The competitor in him won’t allow that to be his last game.

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The other stance to take with Manning’s non-answer about the future is an ultimatum for John Elway: It’s either John Fox or me. Who do you think Elway would go with?

Since people like to play the speculation game, why couldn’t that be the case?

Manning has seen the same thing play out the last three seasons with the same result (and it’s the four years Fox has been the head coach): A team-wide failure to perform in the biggest game. Broncos Country has seen it too.

Of all the changes made to this team over the last three seasons, that’s the only thing not to change.

I get that some people don’t like change, but it’s clear this isn’t working. The goal, after all, is to win the Super Bowl. At some point you have to realize it won’t work.

Perhaps Manning gave the Broncos the motivation to do it.