The Broncos' latest dispiriting playoff defeat, this time at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts, was followed by two pieces of big news: the revelation that Peyton Manning had a quad tear, not a bruise, and the announcement that coach John Fox and the team are, in a carefully worded phrase, "parting ways."
Fox's departure triggered a Twitter explosion, with reactions including fear, panic, anger, confusion and more. Here are our picks for the twenty most memorable tweets on the topic, illustrated with NFL memes -- including some hilarious speculation about the next coach.
Leaving john fox go could be a mistake.....fairly apprehensive about Denver top tier team future! #broncos
— Alan O Connor (@The_Sheriff_10) January 13, 2015
"Good is not good enough" That's why the Broncos cut ties with John Fox - just wait, until next season. That "Good" will be "awful"
— MZ (@__MartinCZ__) January 13, 2015
John Fox didn't want it to look like he was getting fired by the Broncos lol
— Kaotic (@kaotic2380) January 13, 2015
Sad to see John Fox go, its been a good 4 years, unfortunately we fell short of having a GREAT 4 years #Broncos
— Daniel Foster (@G00N3R7883) January 13, 2015
Continue to keep counting down the top twenty tweets about John Fox jumping or getting pushed from the Broncos. Number 16:
No surprise to see John Fox depart from Denver. Sense whole franchise undergoes makeover in off-season. #Broncos
— Tom Jackson (@JacksonTC) January 13, 2015
John Fox left the Broncos like he the shit...as if Peyton ain't add them wins to his record
— Dorion (OSU CHAMPS) (@DStayTrill) January 13, 2015
John Fox isn't the Broncos head coach anymore? What the actual hell!
— Blake Bobette. (@Blakeshields2) January 13, 2015
It sucks to hear the Broncos released John Fox, he coached to the playoffs 4yrs in a row.. I'm gonna miss him
— Dare Otesanya (@MrDrumLittle) January 13, 2015
Continue to keep counting down the top twenty tweets about John Fox jumping or getting pushed from the Broncos. Number 12:
this is a delayed tweet, but I'm actually super pissed about john fox leaving the broncos. not the best coaching yesterday but seriously?!
— Sara Constance (@saraconstance) January 13, 2015
Ironic that John Fox had franchise winning % record w/ Broncos but called crappy playoff game - and now gone!
— SportsMax (@SportsMaximus) January 13, 2015
It looks like it took about 2 hours from the time John Fox and the Broncos parted ways for Foxy to say "No" to the Jets. A new record?
— Brandi (@RblSports) January 13, 2015
— Stephen Brooks (@stephenvictor_5) January 13, 2015
Continue to keep counting down the top twenty tweets about John Fox jumping or getting pushed from the Broncos. Number 8:
Fuck john fox , broncos choke one time and the muthafucka dip? Now we got 2 good players as free agents? Who knows about next year as of now
— MEELO V (@Meelo_V) January 13, 2015
John Fox left the Broncos. If one certain Bronco retires I'm pretty sure the division is ours. By ours I mean the @Chargers
— Cole Oxe (@ColeOxe16) January 13, 2015
A #Broncos radio guy that dislikes John Fox?! Say it ain't so. Nothing is Peyton's fault, all coaching.
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) January 13, 2015
— Michael Scotti (@mjscotti) January 13, 2015
Continue to keep counting down the top twenty tweets about John Fox jumping or getting pushed from the Broncos. Number 4:
I am not a Broncos fan but I am stunned John Fox left. Hell of a Coach and team. Good luck in the future.
— Michael Baxter (@gaymansblog) January 13, 2015
— Tina Rogers (@TinaRogers) January 13, 2015
Thank you John Fox (we appreciate your work with the @Broncos)
— Design Canada (@The_CDR) January 13, 2015
— Michael Steininger (@mikeysteins) January 13, 2015
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