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John Fox does damage control after Peyton Manning savages scoreboard operator

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Peyton Manning was none too pleased with the work of the scoreboard operator Sports Authority Field at Mile High during Thursday night’s win over the San Diego Chargers.

The Denver Broncos quarterback said after the game that he intended to have a nice chat with the individual when given the chance, saying, “I’m not sure what he’s doing”

Manning was particularly perturbed by how the scoreboard operator kept inciting the fans to cheer and hoot and holler while the Broncos were on offense, which interrupted the QB’s ability to audible.

“He was playing music, showing people — showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up while we had the ball,” Manning moaned. “I don’t think we should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was kind of disrespectful. Our fans are great, our fans are loud, so the scoreboard operators … it wasn’t his best night.”

The incident somewhat surprisingly became fodder for discussion and debate during John Fox’s press conference on Friday, when the head coach in a way had to go into damage control mode. Fox attempted to downplay the significance of Manning griping over the events of the previous evening while trying to let the poor individual who got on Manning’s bad side that everything is okay.

“There is a lot of stuff that goes on at one of these games,” Fox said Friday, via ESPN.com. “There are a lot of people that work really hard to make sure that our great fans are entertained. Obviously people like when you win.

“There are a lot of people that have a lot of responsibilities for each one of these things. And look, you’re never perfect. I’m never perfect. Our product sometimes comes under attack, and rightfully so. But all in all, it’s about the fans, [that] they have a great experience.

“You’re going to make mistakes and that happens. We’ve moved on. We had a real big win, a nice big spotlight, and now we’re on to New England.”

Wait, was that “We’re on to New England” a riff on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his oddball presser from a few weeks back? It’s possible, right?

Quelling any attempts at turning what transpired into some kind of “Scoreboard Operator-Gate,” Fox said it isn’t a “serious” issue and praised everyone behind the scenes who work so hard to put on a Denver Broncos football game.

“I think you take everything seriously, but at the end of the day, it’s not going to be perfect,” Fox said. “There are people working really hard. We’re all trying to do what’s best for the organization and sometimes it’s not perfect. That’s the way of life.”

Indeed it is. Try telling that to Manning.