If the Denver Broncos reach the Super Bowl in 2014, coach John Fox will not repeat what he did leading up to last season’s final game.
What will he do differently?
“Probably everything,” Fox said, via The Denver Post.
The Broncos were routed 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Right now I’d like to get there,” Fox said. “But even my kids were getting on me: Getaway hotel, dad, that’s 80 percent bad.”
The Broncos stayed at a Jersey City Hyatt Hotel from Sunday, Jan. 26 until Saturday, Feb. 1, when Fox decided to move his players away from any distractions and relocated the team to a Newark airport Renaissance Hotel.
Changing hotels on Super Bowl eve is unlikely to happen if the Broncos return to the final game.
“Seriously, we’re a little bit goofy,” Fox said. “You change a lot of things — some people say you’re superstitious. Like if we lose on the road, we don’t stay at that same hotel the next time we go there. So you change if it didn’t work.”
“If you don’t win that last game? It gnaws on you,” he said. “And it gnaws on you for a while. It never really goes away. Like that scar. But you learn from it and you move on, and you do everything you can you get better.”
The Broncos are again the favorites to win the AFC this year with Peyton Manning returning on offense and DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward added to their defense.