With former Bronco’s quarterback now in the general manager seat, a meeting occurred one day following head coach John Fox and the team parting ways. As part of that meeting, Elway brought up a number of topics, one of them being the return of Peyton Manning.
After losing the divisional round to the Indianapolis Colts with a score of 24-13, Elway and Manning had a meeting in which Elway made it clear he wants him to come back to the Broncos this year. This is a huge decision for Manning, which is why Elway gave him a few weeks to consider the offer. Elway also suggested a follow-up meeting in about a month. When asked about Manning’s current health, Elway refused to make any speculations or comment if the now 39-year-old could handle another year on the team.
Prior to discussing the possible return of Peyton Manning to the Broncos, Elway, along with longtime owner Pat Bowlen, started the media session by thanking Fox for serving as head coach. Elway stated that when he took the job four years earlier, the first task was to get a coach hired. He knew that Fox was the right person and for everything he contributed while with the Broncos, was grateful.
Elway also said that the relationship with Fox was good although the two did not always agree on everything. When asked about possible candidates to take over the vacant head coaching position, he admitted that no one had been contacted yet. However, Jack Del Rio, as well as Adam Gase who were coordinators for Fox will be considered.
Elway stressed there were specific qualities he wanted in a new coach to include someone intelligent and competitive, willing to do what it takes to win. While there is no set timeframe, the person who takes over as head coach will need to know who Peyton Manning is and what he has the ability to do.
The media questioned Elway about what he felt the Broncos were missing, thereby keeping them from becoming 2013 and 2014 Super Bowl winners. While nothing or no one in particular was mentioned, Elway did say he was disappointed in the way the team played during both post and regular seasons.