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Thursday, January 23, 2014
John Fox relying on experience

By Jeff Legwold
ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- John Fox has always said experience matters. With that in mind, Fox has relied on players or members of the front office to speak with the team as the Denver Broncos prepare for the Super Bowl.

Fox had players who have played in the league's title game -- Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jacob Tamme -- offer up their thoughts in a team meeting on Thursday morning as well as executive vice president of football operations John Elway.

"Coach Fox has had some guys that have some experience share some of those thoughts with other players,'' Manning said. "And he's encouraged guys to ask questions or guys who have some experience to share any thoughts, tips. We have had opportunity to do that whether it was coaches or players or John Elway. So I think that's a good thing.''

Manning has played in two Super Bowls, having won one to close out the 2006 season and is the only Broncos player with a Super Bowl ring. Elway played in five Super Bowls as a player, winning in back-to-back appearances in the last two seasons of his career.

Fox has been to two Super Bowls, one as a head coach of the Carolina Panthers to close out the 2003 season and one as the New York Giants defensive coordinator to close out the 2000 season.

"Just relating the experience,'' Fox said. "It's a unique game, a unique stage, just share those experiences for the younger players.''

Part of the advice Broncos players have been given is to designate someone other than themselves to handle ticket requests for any travel issues. Manning has enlisted his brother, Eli, a two-time Super Bowl winner as the Giants' quarterback.

Peyton handled ticket requests for Eli when the Giants were in the title game.

"I think that was way I could help him,'' Manning said.  "He's helping me out this year and I certainly appreciate that."

On the field, kicker Matt Prater was held out of Thursday's practice because of an illness while defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) also did not practice. Running back Knowshon Moreno (ribs) and defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf) were limited.

Moreno is expected to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 against Seattle.