Fox calls Irsay's remarks on Manning inappropriate

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Denver Broncos coach John Fox was surprised with the recent comments made by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay about quarterback Peyton Manning.

Irsay said in an interview this week that he lamented the fact that the Colts won only one Super Bowl during Manning's 14-year run in Indianapolis before the Colts released him in 2012.

"To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate," Fox said during his weekly appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "I mean, Peyton would never say anything. He's too classy to do that. But they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me for a guy that has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I'd be thankful with that one Super Bowl ring because there's a lot of people that don't have one."

Irsay attempted Wednesday to clarify his remarks, calling it a misinterpretation of what he said and blaming the team for not having a better supporting cast around Manning.

"My comments meant if we gave Peyton better SP Teams n Def, we would have won more than 1 Sup/Bowl, instead of asking Peyton 2do too much," Irsay tweeted. "It's hard 2C how any individual could understand them any other way, but CONTRO sells so I understand the games "Let's get something started"

Manning is returning Sunday night to Indianapolis for the first time since his departure. The Broncos will take on the Colts in a nationally televised game on NBC. The team is planning to pay tribute to its former star.

The four time NFL MVP offered no reaction to what Irsay said or how the visit to Lucas Oil Stadium will affect him.

"I don't have any answer for you on that or any comment," he said. "It's hard to predict how I'll feel emotionally. How I'll feel walking into the stadium, I can't tell you that right now ... may not tell you after the game, either. It's just too hard to predict."

Irsay earlier praised Manning, saying he encouraged the Colts to draft Andrew Luck in 2012. But the Colts owner added that while Manning had great success during the regular season, he wanted to build a team that could win in January.

"(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these (Super Bowl rings)," Irsay told USA Today. "Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated. You make the playoffs 11 times, and you're out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love (the ring)."
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