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John Elway: "We want Peyton Manning back"

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Things are starting to become more clear.

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It was widely speculated that the firing of John Fox signaled the end of the Peyton Manning era in Denver. Lay those rumors to rest. John Elway wants Peyton Manning back.  Elway also said that he told Peyton to take some time away. While the Broncos do not know what Peyton Manning is going to do, they will touch base again in a month or so.

While the decision seems to be entirely on Peyton Manning in regards to his future, John Elway said that he would keep Peyton in the loop during the process to find a new coach. This suggests that any new head coaching candidate would have to be on board with Peyton Manning as their trigger man.

When asked about his health, Elway stated that only Peyton knows how he feels. He did however state that he thought Peyton had at least another year left in the tank.

In the end, this might have been the issue that caused the ultimate rift between Elway and Fox. Elway mentioned that he and Fox had differing visions on how to get to the next level. This is pure speculation, but perhaps Fox didn't see Manning and an aggressive passing offense as the way to go. Whatever the reason, Elway is firmly supportive of Peyton Manning and him being the starter in 2015. If Manning is not a Bronco in 2015, it will be because he decided to step away from the game.