Broncos, head coach Fox part ways after four years

Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:30pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox have mutually agreed to part ways, the National Football League team said on Monday, a day after a season-ending playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Fox led Denver to four division titles since taking charge of the team in 2011 but his teams came up short in the playoffs each year, losing last season's Super Bowl and falling in the second round of the playoffs the other three seasons.

Broncos General Manager John Elway said in a statement that he and Fox met for over an hour on Monday to discuss the latest season and goals for the future when it became clear that the timing was right to make a change.

"While we have made significant progress under Coach Fox, there is still work to be done," said Elway.

"I believe this change at the head coaching position will be in the best interest of our long-term goal, which from day one has been to win World Championships."

Parting ways with Fox could be the start of an offseason of rebuild in Denver given the uncertainty surrounding 38-year-old Peyton Manning's future with the team following Sunday's loss to the Colts and a long list of free agents.

Expectations for a Super Bowl title have been sky-high in Denver since 2012 when the team landed Manning, a future Hall of Fame quarterback who owns several passing records and won an NFL championship with the Indianapolis Colts.

But in their only trip to the Super Bowl under Fox, Denver were humiliated by the Seattle Seahawks in one of the most lopsided championship games.

Fox, who was also head coach with the Carolina Panthers when they reached the Super Bowl in 2004, went 46-18 in Denver.   Continued...

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano embrace after the Indianapolis Colts' victory in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts won 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports