Denver coach: I’d take the knee again
posted at 12:17 pm on January 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Really? John Fox says he’d choose one of the most questionable calls this season — taking a knee with Peyton Manning, the league’s fifth-best passing offense, 30 seconds on the clock, two time-outs, and needing only a field goal to win in regulation — if the same situation presented itself. And his boss, John Elway, agrees:
John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.
John Elway, of all people, agreed with that call.
Given the ball at his 20 with 31 seconds, two timeouts and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the Broncos coach decided to run out the clock and head to overtime.
Result: Baltimore 38, Denver 35. End of season in Broncoland.
Fox said he felt good about the decision when he made it Saturday, toward the end of one of the most disheartening losses in the franchise’s history. After hashing it over during the last two sleepless nights, he stood by his decision.
“I’d do it again 10 times if it presented itself in that situation,” he said Monday at Denver’s season-ending news conference, where he was joined by Elway, the quarterback-turned-front office executive.
At the time, before Denver lost the game, I tweeted that this reminded me of Denny Green’s decision to take a knee at the half of the Vikings-Falcons NFC championship game ages ago, with Randall Cunningham leading the league’s best offense and a young Randy Moss on the field. The Vikings ended up narrowly losing to Atlanta. And ten times out of ten, that Denver scenario would look the same as the Vikings scenario, too.