Life couldn't be much better for Denver Broncos coach John Fox, a man who laughs as easily as he breathes. On Thursday, as his team went through its final practice before the second round of the AFC playoffs, Fox joked with reporters and told a couple of stories.
Hey, it's all good when you finally have a quarterback. It's even better when that quarterback is Peyton Manning.
"You don't get a chance to coach first ballot Hall of Famers very much in your career," said Fox, who managed to get to a Super Bowl earlier in his career with journeyman Jake Delhomme under center. "This is no disrespect to anybody I've ever worked with, but this is what you hope to do as a coach. You're trying to acquire the best players you can find and coach them to be a little better.
"You go back to the pre-Super Bowl era, it was like that. Don Shula won more games than anybody else and he was great. You look at his quarterbacks. He had Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese and Dan Marino. Vince Lombardi had what, like 13 Hall of Famers? Don't let any coach fool you, it's about the players you have."