RAMSEY: Fox's cowardice dooms Broncos
Bad stuff did happen, largely because of Fox’s cowardice. He doomed his Broncos to a 38-35 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Against all odds, the Broncos found a way to lose to an inferior team.
With 31 seconds left in regulation, Fox was blessed with two timeouts, one of the top five quarterbacks to ever walk our earth and a field-goal kicker capable of launching the NFL’s first 65-yard field goal through the middle of the uprights. Fox commanded Peyton Manning to kneel, running out the clock. He surrendered to his fears, and deserved to walk off the field as a loser. He should have told his players to attack. If Manning had moved his teammates 50 yards, Matt Prater would have been asked to kick a 50-yard field goal to win the game.
A 50-yarder is a chip shot for Prater.
And if the Broncos had moved the ball approximately 35 yards, Fox could have asked Prater to attempt a walk-off 65-yarder. Would Prater have made this kick? Probably not. But there would have been little danger in the attempt.
Dave Ramsey decided to bring out the brass knuckles on this one, but there's never a wrong time for a Kenny Rogers reference.
Coach Fox, we love you. We love your easygoing manner. We love your gruff voice. Hell, we even laughed at your "cook" joke last year.
You're good with players and you're likeable as the day is long.
But, as Kenny Rogers says, "Sometimes you got to pass when you're a man."