Broncos great Elway steps down as team's general manager

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 5, 2021

Elway has been in charge of personnel decisions since 2011, and he was the key figure in the construction of the team's Super Bowl winning team in 2016.

Elway has already promised that the team will cast a "wide net" to find the best candidate, with former Broncos scouts or pro personnel evaluators like San Francisco 49ers senior football vice president Adam Peters, Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly and Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel John Spytek having already surfaced as possibilities.

"What I was excited about was the opportunity to move up, still be involved with the football team, still oversee the head coach and the GM and be involved not necessarily day to day, but to have input in the big decisions that we're going to make", Elway said.

John Elway came back to the Denver Broncos and turned the franchise around. "I have nothing but gratitude for how he accepted this challenge 10 years ago and helped us accomplish great things as an organization".

Elway said Monday that the team has a long list of names and the goal is to pare the list quickly and efficiently to find the "best candidate, the best person for the job". We have a lot of good people on the football side, and I'll be there for them in any way possible.

Lock's ultimate fate will fall to the next GM and Fangio as Elway told reporters that the QB's future and other roster decisions will not be dictated to the new hire. They drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round, and he was a huge bust.

Elway engineered a dramatic turnaround of the franchise when he returned to his beloved Broncos a decade ago.

Elway moved on from Tim Tebow after one season, luring Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012 for the second chapter of his storied career after the Colts cut their star quarterback following a series of neck fusion surgeries.

Manning led the Broncos to a 55-17 mark over his four seasons, which included two trips to the Super Bowl, a loss to Seattle in Super Bowl 48 and a win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. He was the Broncos' first Hall of Famer after he retired following the team's back-to-back Super Bowl wins to close out the 1997 and 1998 seasons. However, the franchise has fallen on hard times over the last five years and posted its fourth straight losing record in 2020. When asked whether he would have made the same decision had the team finished 13-3 this season, he said he couldn't say for sure.

"I'm proud of my career as a GM".

"We haven't had a chance to talk about that, [but] selfishly, yeah, that would be something I'd be interested in, but I think we'll take a peek at that, " Elway said.

"He was my right-hand guy", Elway said, crediting him "for a lot of the success that we had". John arrived at this decision, and I am fully supportive of him and this new structure.

Elway said he'd like to stay in his new position beyond 2021, but for now he's focused on finding the right GM and spending time with his grandkids.

Elway had talked over the move for the past two weeks, he said.

The head coach situation wasn't much better. "You don't have to discipline them; you get to spoil them and they always like you".

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