Broncos’ Coach Fox Says Team will Adjust to Any Type of Weather

On using pads during practice:
“I think at the end of the day, that’s why you play the game. I think our guys have reacted to it pretty well. They expect it. We have a couple of routines that you get into. Every year is different. Every team is different. I think this team reacts best when we’ve done that, and it’s going to be no different this week than prior weeks.”
On if he thinks Michael Strahan deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in light of Warren Sapp’s comments:
“First of all, I think it’s a shame that’s going on, but I believe Michael does deserve it. I believe he deserved it a year ago. That’s my personal opinion. But the actuality is, he was a great leader. He won a Super Bowl. I think he exemplified what our league is about in a very positive light, both on and off the field. And so I think he’s the perfect candidate, and I know if I had a vote, he’d have mine.”
On if being ‘weatherproof’ is a mentality:
“We lost a game a year ago in the playoffs in the single digits. We haven’t had much practice in that. Our weather had been actually pretty darn good in Denver. I think it’s actually a pretty well-kept secret, Denver’s weather. But this year, we’ve gotten a little more calloused. We have had wind. We’ve played in single digits. We’ve practiced in single digits. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you get. I think we’ve been exposed to it, so it won’t be foreign. How we perform in it is yet to be seen. I think that’s true with both teams, and that’s why you play the game.”
On being a coach in St. Louis:
“Steve Ortmayer was an acquaintance that I knew in the league. He was actually the general manager there, so we had met while at the Raiders. I was back in St. Louis and he had said, ‘Would you like to be a consultant? Look at some free agency tape.’ That was when free agency was kind of — departments were getting bigger and more active throughout the football season — so it was actually perfect. It fit well. I really appreciated Coach (Rich) Brooks and Ortmayer bringing me in, and so it was about a four-month period of time where I broke down pro football tape and evaluated potential free agents for them, and also got to stay on top of what was going on in the league.”
On whether he shared an office with Mike Martz in St. Louis:
“I don’t know if you’d call it share. I stole his office. He’d be out at practice and that’s when I’d watch my tape. I got yelled at a couple of times for leaving it messy, but other than that, that’s where I did watch my video. Yes, I did.”
On if he wishes the Super Bowl were tonight rather than having to wait until Sunday:
“The schedule is the schedule. I think if they want to adjust it, they can. We’ll be ready. I’m sure the Seahawks will be ready. It’s kind of what we do. Obviously, I hope it stays on schedule, to be really honest with you. I’m kind of a schedule guy.”
On what his thoughts are on the possibility of the elements not factoring into the game on Sunday:
“What I figured out about the weather is, you just wait five minutes and it will change. It’s changed a bunch of times already. We’ll just wait and see. Really, you just kind of wait until game day. You get out there in pregame. You get used to the stadium, if it’s not a familiar stadium, and you get used to the elements as they are at kickoff. So regardless of what happens, whether it’s nice or not nice, we’ll adjust.”
On how to get CB Chris Harris Jr. and DE Von Miller able to contribute for the game after being placed on IR:
“When you’re a decision maker, you have to draw the line. And in my experience in being in that role for some time now is that depending on where you are on that line, you’re not going to please everybody. So we took the approach with the IR guys, they’ll come in tonight. They’ll stay at the team hotel. They’ll be with the team. We have a pretty large group we’re managing, with practice squad, as well as our 53-man active roster during the week, and they’re all, not all of them, but most of them have the opportunity to play in the game. So I think the organization, Pat Bowlen and John Elway, I’ve been places where they didn’t even bring them today. They get a chance to enjoy the experience. They, of course, sacrificed and have committed something to that effort, and they’ll get here today.”