September 5, 2013, 1:09 pm
The 2013 NFL season kicks off tonight in the Mile High City as the Denver Broncos try to avenge last year’s post-season loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Mark Kiszla, columnist for the Denver Post, joined Chad on Flight 750 Thursday to preview the game and to talk about his new book: “No plan B: Peyton Manning’s Comeback with the Denver Broncos.”Kisla first talked about John Fox’s decision to take a knee, run out the clock and play for overtime in last January’s playoffs.
“You can’t do that. You just can’t do that if you have Peyton Manning. Life’s too short to take the knee. Peyton Manning is 37, John Fox is 58. And Fox himself knows that he’s closer to the end than the beginning of his NFL career. And that’s the one hangover that really lingers.”
Kiszla also talked about how John Elway never bought into the Tebow-mania hype that took over in Denver when Tim Tebow was with the team.
“In Denver, Tim Tebow turned every Bronco fan into a little league mom or a little league dad. ‘My Timmy’s the greatest. My Timmy can do no wrong.’ But you know what, John Elway never believed that.”
And finally, Kiszla explained how the Broncos ultimately were able to bring Peyton Manning to the Mile High City.
“The Broncos won this derby for Peyton Manning because they did the soft sell and because John Elway could say ‘Hey man, I know exactly what you’re going through, from week to week or year to year as a quarterback.' And John Fox was the same way of ‘I delegate.’ That’s why Peyton Manning’s here. It’s the relationships.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to check out the new book: No plan B: Peyton Manning’s Comeback with the Denver Broncos.