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Elway takes the big office

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In the past, the oversized office overlooking the Broncos’ practice field was occupied by head coaches, men like Dan Reeves, Mike Shanahan, and Josh McDaniels.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that, even though the Broncos don’t have a head coach, the office has a new inhabitant.

Executive V.P. of football operations John Elway has decided to claim it.

It’s further evidence of the fact that, despite never working in an NFL front office, Elway will be completely running the show in Denver.  And it also sends a clear message to the next head coach that he’ll be standing forever in Elway’s shadow.

Which is why the Broncos are relegated to sifting through D-list coaching candidates.  Anyone with options quite possibly will opt to go elsewhere.

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  1. broncorob says: Jan 8, 2011 11:42 AM

    I think John is going to prove you wrong Mike. He will get a solid coach even if it isn’t a big name and Brian Xanders has 1 year to prove he can help Elway or Elway will replace him.

  2. zimmyman says: Jan 8, 2011 11:43 AM

    I thin I can speak for all Chiefs fans in saying we “love, love, love it”. Horseteeth will run that franchise further into the ditch

  3. kline1972 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:49 AM

    Mike you are such a tool. Why do you think Elway will automatically fail? You have some kind of agenda against John, maybe it is because he was a stud and well you are …..?

  4. quentincosta says: Jan 8, 2011 11:49 AM

    Well Mr. Ed is going to compete with the Crypt Keeper for biggest @ss in the AFC Worst…

  5. broncobourque says: Jan 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    That is not why they are supposedly looking at D list coaches. They owe $6M to the 2 guys who most recently coached the team. They are also looking at most of the same guys other teams are looking at, they just seem to be doing a much more expansive search.

  6. kline1972 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    oh and by the way how is John Fox a D list coach?

  7. blarch says: Jan 8, 2011 11:53 AM

    Boy that sure is a big axe you guys are grinding. Must have a pretty good edge by now.

  8. paulnoga says: Jan 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Chargers fans are almost as excited and happy about Elway running the broncos as they are about Al Davis staying in charge at Oakland
    (OK, not that much).

  9. littlesparkplug says: Jan 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    i thought it was b and c list candidates, like pft previously mentioned

  10. bronco1st says: Jan 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    As if the Broncos don’t have enough problems, they are now being thrashed by a hack writer in a rumor rag. The only redeeming fact is that the rumor rag and it’s talentless staff (starting with Florence) NEVER GETS ANYTHING RIGHT!

  11. jwil444 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    You’re so right Mike, getting a big name with previous head coaching experience is paramount to having any success in this league. I mean look at the playoff teams-

    McCarthy- 1st time head coach
    Caldwell- 1st time head coach
    Ryan- 1st time head coach
    Haley- 1st time head coach
    Harbuagh- 1st time head coach
    Reid- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Carrol-1st time head coach
    Peyton- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Tomlin- 1st time head coach

    guess the broncos are screwed if they have to hire a first time head coach……………………

  12. jvillenole says: Jan 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator of the Jaguars, will be the next Denver head caoch. Write it down.

  13. tombrookshire says: Jan 8, 2011 12:03 PM

    Guys, please, cut the crap. There are 32 of these positions on the entire planet. There is no “D” list of coaches, and, there is no one waiting around for “something else” to open up. If you are offered one of these jobs, you take it. Period. Guys who do other things for a living, like you, think that options abound. Few coaches have the luxury of waiting around for the right job to open up. Less than five by my count. Is inexperience the number one reason NOT to work for John Elway? How about the experience level of a Carl Petersen, who won nothing in KC and will soon be the Dolphins Exec VP of FO? He is a horrible executive. The only previous experience Howie Roseman in Philly has was fantasy football before becoming VP of FO. Did Andy Reid quit the day he was appointed? Plus, Denver is not a horrible organization the way the Raiders, Redskins, or even the Dolphins. The Raiders will have no trouble attracting an A list HC. Do the math.

  14. tdl8 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    The Donkeys will be stuck at the bottom of the AFC West just where they belong for as long as Elway is there attempting to run the team!

  15. youboettcha says: Jan 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    I agree with the D-List comment. The best the Broncos can hope for is Perry Fewell or John Fox. PFT Should make a list of all Broncos coaching candidates. It’s got to be 12 coaches long and counting.

  16. jeffz303 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    This is a non-story. The only reason Elway took the big office is that his huge head and massive chompers wouldn’t fit into any of the smaller offices at Dove Valley.

    The Broncos are completely doomed, and most of our dim-witted fanbase is too blinded by the Tebow/Elway light to admit it. We have a QB who can’t throw, a novice head of football Ops that ran off our his first head coaching candidate because he didn’t even know the guy’s first name, and absolutely no discernable talent anywhere but at WR, LT, and whatever position Jim Fassel or whatever retread we end up hiring plays Dumerville at.

    And to make things worse, the Chiefs are now in Scott Pioli’s hands–not Carl the Moron Peterson’s anymore. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to be looking up at the Chiefs like Chicago tour boat riders looked up at the Dave Matthews tour bus for at least the next 10 years, watching their crap rain down on us. Looks like I’ll be skiing on Sundays for the next 15 years.

  17. sullijo1 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:16 PM

    Chiefs fans better worry about not winning a playoff game in 17,
    Errrr, make that 18 years.

    Chiefs haven’t played in a Super Bowl since the Vietnam War ended.

    Even as horrible and awful a year it was in Denver (worst season in FORTY years) – it was still as good or better as the Chiefs had the last 3 years with their 4, 2,and 4 wins. The difference is nobody cares about Kansas City.

    So, who put the quarter in the Chiefs fan??

  18. jbaxt says: Jan 8, 2011 12:20 PM

    Nothing like a used car salesman taking over the front office. KC doesn’t have to worry about the donks for years to come.

  19. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jan 8, 2011 12:22 PM

    As a long suffering Raider fan I am just glad Harbaugh didnt go to Denver. My fear was Harbaugh once there would trade up and draft Andrew Luck……

    The horse-toothed-jackass Elway once said something I agree with. “The game has passed Al Davis by. But hes the only one who doesnt know it”. Looks like Elway is makeing the same mistake Al does by not going after a top HC candidate…..Of course Elway wont tell his HC want scheme he wants run on D etc etc……

  20. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    Sorry Mike but your dead wrong about Elway and the re-making of the franchise.

    Would a qualified head coach really choose the DanSkins and all the related drama over the Broncos? Joshie was too young and made too many bad decisions. The right move was to start over.

    DanSkins – eleven years of futility combined with the highest total prices for seats, suites, treats, parking, etc.

  21. doe22us says: Jan 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    Mark Murlakey anyone, this says it all

  22. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    This has disaster written all over it.

  23. terpface says: Jan 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    thank you Matt Elway..err..I mean John Millen..uuhhh

  24. smartbutlazy says: Jan 8, 2011 12:35 PM

    Elway running an NFL franchise is only slightly crazier than an internet hack/quasi-lawyer advising the masses on the correct way that NFL franchises are supposed to be run.

  25. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 8, 2011 12:36 PM

    the comparisons to Marino are not founded, how could anyone even judge Marino when he never even truly did the job? I think Elway will do well.

  26. Jay says: Jan 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    There’s a reason why Marino opted not to become a part of the Dolphins even though they would have given him carte blanche. He knew he was out of his element.

    There’s also a reason why the Lions are still in the crapper despite the best of efforts by Mayhew and Schwartz. Millen buried that team so far under his poor picks that it will take half a decade to get them back to respectability.

    Elway may have experience with the AFL, but has he made his way up the ladder like Newsome did? The Broncos are in for a rough ride.

  27. promickey says: Jan 8, 2011 12:48 PM

    The NFL is a “talent acquisition” league now. Parcells said that as VP of operations for the Miami Dolphins. Then he proceeded to show that he is unable to indentify talent by making mistake after mistake; Chad Henne, Pat White etc….Josh McDaniels came to Denver and proceeded to unload all the talent without having NFL talent to replace. Why not give Elway a chance? He can not do much worse than a guru like Parcells did. The hell with front office experience. All Elway needs is a business manager close by. He has been around the NFL long enough.

  28. ltdan2152 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    LOVE the Steinfeld references.

  29. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 8, 2011 12:58 PM

    Unless he is going to hire Terrell Davis to help him out, Elway will never win the big one as team President.

  30. broncobourque says: Jan 8, 2011 1:03 PM

    @broncorob

    As a follow-up to your point…were John Harbaugh and Mike Smith regarded as A list candidates when they were hired? Of course not yet I think those are considered good hires now.

  31. raiderapologist says: Jan 8, 2011 1:11 PM

    paulnoga says: Jan 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Chargers fans are almost as excited and happy about Elway running the broncos as they are about Al Davis staying in charge at Oakland
    ————-

    We’re also happy that your club is hanging on to Norval for another underachieving year.

  32. profootballwalk says: Jan 8, 2011 1:13 PM

    The question is, will a strong-willed, confident coach want to work for John Elway? Will he want Elway looking over his shoulder, deciding whether he knows what he’s doing? Coaches desperate for a HC job will go for it – but will guys with options settle for it?

  33. tiproast says: Jan 8, 2011 1:13 PM

    Love the comment about Pete Carroll being a first-time head coach.

    I guess those stints with the Jets and the Patriots, which happened last century, don’t count.

  34. diegorodriguez3897 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    Mike, your strangely intense animosity towards Elway is clouding your judgment and putting you out on a limb all by yourself on this one. I have not seen any other authoritative(?) and or credibile commentators adopt your same line of thinking on this one. And, normally, you at least try to support your opinions with at least one or two relevant facts. However, when it comes to Elway and the Broncos you are just ranting. Im guessing you were a Colts fan back when Elway told them to go pound sand?

  35. jimmy1smith says: Jan 8, 2011 1:15 PM

    Somewhere, Matt Millen is getting off his kness from thanking the man upstairs for the Bronco’s hiring Mr. Horse Teeth.

    Now Millen has a chance to pass his crown of ” The Worst GM in football” to Elway.

  36. bootguy says: Jan 8, 2011 1:21 PM

    @paulnoga : Remember , the Raiders SWEPT your Chargers this year !!!

  37. nflrulz says: Jan 8, 2011 1:21 PM

    Sports media is no different from the political media. And looking at the comments here, it proves the power of media opinions…

  38. visible4 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    NEVER has a coach won superbowls with two different teams. So why would it make sense to go after Cowher, Gruden, Dungy, Billick, etc??? And when you look at those coaches, you could make the argument that the Steelers, Bucs, Colts and Ravens are better now without those coaches. Well maybe not the Colts, but definitely the other three.

    So Mike, it doesn’t really matter what coach is popular with the media, all that matters is which coach will get them to the Super Bowl. And odds are Elways is interviewing candidates who have a better chance of doing that than the big names.

    How is Shanhan working out in Washington?

  39. packerblitz says: Jan 8, 2011 1:29 PM

    jwil444 says:
    Jan 8, 2011 11:59 AM
    You’re so right Mike, getting a big name with previous head coaching experience is paramount to having any success in this league. I mean look at the playoff teams-

    McCarthy- 1st time head coach
    Caldwell- 1st time head coach
    Ryan- 1st time head coach
    Haley- 1st time head coach
    Harbuagh- 1st time head coach
    Reid- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Carrol-1st time head coach
    Peyton- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Tomlin- 1st time head coach

    guess the broncos are screwed if they have to hire a first time head coach……………………

    ———————————————

    All of those are right except Carrol. He was also the head coach of the Jets and Patriots. Otherwise, you make a great point.

  40. hobartbaker says: Jan 8, 2011 1:34 PM

    What’s the opposite of Headway?

    Elway.

  41. clownburger says: Jan 8, 2011 1:43 PM

    THIS JUST IN:

    PFT hates John Elway.

    And the PFT Butt Kissers follow their lead and jump on board. . . as usual.

  42. jrodz19 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:44 PM

    Besides this being a non-story, it’s amazing how the petty bitterness continues to overwhelm each of your Denver updates. Why all the hate for Elway? Did he sleep with your sister and never call her back? Let it go! This isn’t news. The guy’s been on the job less than a week! I’m pretty sure they’ve given him enough rope to seal his fate if he pulls a “Millen.” Let this thing play out & work on getting your own corner office overlooking the Pop Warner fields!

  43. southtexasraider says: Jan 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    buck tooth elway will keep the donkeys at the bottom for awhile….

  44. grogansheroes says: Jan 8, 2011 2:01 PM

    Elway went to Stanford, so he is no dummy. Also, his dad was a coach. As a QB, you need to know what defenses are doing. So he knows offense and defense. The key, is his scouting department, not Elway himself. You need good scouts and good decision makers. But give the guy a chance. I think he is qualified for the job. I mean everyone here thinks they can do the job and have never taken a snap in the NFL

  45. robertveit says: Jan 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    jwil444 says:
    Jan 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    You’re so right Mike, getting a big name with previous head coaching experience is paramount to having any success in this league. I mean look at the playoff teams-

    McCarthy- 1st time head coach
    Caldwell- 1st time head coach
    Ryan- 1st time head coach
    Haley- 1st time head coach
    Harbuagh- 1st time head coach
    Reid- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Carrol-1st time head coach
    Peyton- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Tomlin- 1st time head coach

    ————————————————————-

    Just wanted to comment: Carroll is a 3rd time head coach

  46. warriormusician says: Jan 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    WTF is up with you and your skeptical cohorts, Mike? I think there is some Genuine Jealosy going on here. You & your PFT pals are convienently Avoiding the Fact that John Elway is a HOF quarterback, and played in the NFL for SIXTEEN years, and retired as Super Bowl MVP. As an owner, he also won the AFL Championship, and there in fact ARE parallels with the AFL/NFL. He has shown an uncanny ability to succeed in whatever endeavor he undertakes.

    Skepticism is Easy and a Cop Out, Mike. Have the stones to own your latent jealosy and quit projecting your insecurity issues on John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Wait 2-3 years before your pass judgement on this situation.

  47. acmepacker says: Jan 8, 2011 3:02 PM

    would someone please tell me why it’s so much fun to do playground name calling of anyone or anything you don’t agree with. It really makes people pay attention to what you have to say. NOT! It really doesn’t and it’s childish. Try intelligent thought to present your argument.

  48. thingamajig says: Jan 8, 2011 3:09 PM

    jwil444 says:
    Jan 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    You’re so right Mike, getting a big name with previous head coaching experience is paramount to having any success in this league. I mean look at the playoff teams-

    McCarthy- 1st time head coach
    Caldwell- 1st time head coach
    Ryan- 1st time head coach
    Haley- 1st time head coach
    Harbuagh- 1st time head coach
    Reid- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Carrol-1st time head coach
    Peyton- 1st time head coach
    Smith- 1st time head coach
    Tomlin- 1st time head coach

    Other than the small goof on Carrol that was a great post. I suspect the cut and paste king will be using that info in his next TV spot.

  49. broncofanssuck says: Jan 8, 2011 3:18 PM

    Elway will fail I will LOVE it.

  50. markmandude says: Jan 8, 2011 3:54 PM

    Next we will be hearing how elway too the coaches parking spot and the broncos will only be able to hire a highschool coach!

  51. jwil444 says: Jan 8, 2011 4:24 PM

    thanks for the correction on Carrol guys- brain fart on Jets/Pats

    still incredible to me how the “media types” get so hung up on the name………even Lombardi had to start somewhere.

  52. Atlas Jobinson says: Jan 8, 2011 4:44 PM

    Maybe he can get some work done on the Penske file in there.

  53. fellorio says: Jan 8, 2011 6:24 PM

    jvillenole says: Jan 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator of the Jaguars, will be the next Denver head caoch. Write it down.
    ————————————————————
    Is it OK if I just caot and poaste?

  54. tebowisnotagoodqbnow says: Jan 8, 2011 8:09 PM

    stuck with a list of D list candidates, coming from a D list lawyer, on his blog about a sport he could not play.

    Pretty balsy to call a long list of coordinators and coaches “D list”.

    Really disrespectful.

    Your elway obsession is weird, and has quickly moved to stalker obsession.

  55. mrcowpatty says: Jan 9, 2011 12:11 AM

    Watch out AFC West there is a new sheriff in town and his name is John Elway.

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