In a season-ending team meeting Sunday, Denver Broncos coach John Fox told his players to be ready to make another playoff run in 2013 after a classic double-overtime 38-35 loss at home to Baltimore.
Fox meets the media to wrap up the season on Monday and he will likely be asked again about his decision to take a knee at the end of regulation despite having 31 seconds on the clock and two timeouts remaining. On Sunday, Atlanta beat Seattle, 30-28, on a game winning field goal after getting the ball in a similar situation.
The situations weren't the same. The Falcons had to go for the win as they were trailing.
I can see why Fox made the decision to go to overtime. If his team made a mistake, it would setup a scoring opportunity for Baltimore. But on the flip side, giving quarterback Peyton Manning a chance to try to get into field-goal position could have been beneficial. Denver was flat offensively in overtime and perhaps going for it at the end of regulation would have helped the Denver offense get over the shock of Baltimore’ game-tying 70-yard score in the final minute.
The debate will rage on and expect it to be a topic for Fox on Monday.
In other AFC West news:
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid has interviewed former Miami head coach and former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for the Chiefs' offensive line coach position. Sparano failed in the higher-profile jobs, but he was known as an excellent offensive line coach in Dallas. Reid has also talked to former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress about a role on the staff. It would help Reid to have two former head coaches.
CBS Sports reported the Chiefs have interviewed Chicago special teams coach Dave Toub. He is considered a premier special teams coach.
Mortensen has reported Oakland has had talks with NFL executive Ryan Anderson about a role it in front office. Oakland has been interested in Anderson for some time. If added, Anderson would be more of a business addition than a football addition.
As expected. Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the San Diego’s coaching job Sunday. The Chargers are interviewing several candidates, including Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Denver receiver Branden Stokley said he plans to play another year. He is 36. He had a solid season as Denver’s third season after he was essentially brought out of retirement by Manning, his close friend. He had 45 catches and five touchdowns this season.