Some have wondered if Manning would walk away from football following this game, but the five-time league MVP was not willing to talk about his future following Sunday’s game.
“That’s kind of what I’ve said all along. But I can’t answer every what-if circumstance. What if you’re not as healthy? What if certain coaches leave? I can’t answer every what-if situation. I think I’ll have to take some time to see how I feel, see how I feel physically.”
Manning is believed to be willing to come back but the Broncos may be parting with head coach John Fox. Such a move by the Broncos could prompt Manning to walk away even as he is under contract for $19 million next season.
The high injury suffered by Manning late in the regular season was not something that bothered him in Sunday’s game.
“I’ve had that one thigh injury that I had in that San Diego game that’s kind of hung around. I felt like I’ve tried to manage it. I felt like I could manage it. I completed some passes and won some games with it.” said Manning. “So it kind of hung around, just that one thigh. But there was nothing more to it than that. It felt good coming into the game today.”
Speaking to reporters after the game Fox did not believe the Broncos played their best.
“All in all, you get into playoff football. You have to play your A game, and we didn’t have it today. You win and lose as a team, and I’ll leave it at that,” said Fox.
“Obviously, there’s great disappointment by players, staff. Unless you win that last game, there’s always disappointment.”