Woody Paige of the Denver Post was perhaps the most vocal media supporter of John Elway’s return to the Broncos, well before Elway was named executive vice president.
Now that Elway is in place, Paige wants to help Elway do his job. Paige writes Sunday that Elway and the rest of the Broncos should quit their “astonishing” investigation of quarterbacks in this year’s draft. He wants the team to focus on defense.
This stance makes little sense. Let’s count the ways.
1. The Broncos’ pre-draft visits, interviews, and workouts don’t necessarily mean anything. The team would be insane not to look at who is available and create the impression it’s possible they could take a quarterback.
2. The Broncos don’t have a top-12 NFL quarterback on their roster. They don’t have a guy they know they believe in. Until the Broncos have that guy, they should keep looking for one. If Tim Tebow proves himself to be an elite signal caller, consider it a good problem.
It’s not like Denver plans to draft this high again every year. Having the right franchise quarterback in place trumps every other possible need. Broncos fans know this better than anyone. If the right quarterback is in this draft, you take him.
Elway and coach John Fox don’t need to be married to Tim Tebow just because Josh McDaniels loved the kid. It would be great if Elway and Fox did love the kid too — Tebow looks promising. If the current brass doesn’t buy in, however, there is no use pretending.
3. It’s very possible, if not likely, that the right quarterback for Denver is not in this draft. But Elway and the rest of the Broncos brass won’t know that unless they do the homework. A mix of Tebowmania and the mile high air has apparently intoxicated Broncos fans; they think their quarterback position is settled.
Paige attempts to address some of these concerns in the article, but he undoes any logic by writing the following is a “reality” of the situation.
“Smart people in Denver will not accept the Broncos drafting still another quarterback in the first round or starting Orton again,” Paige writes.
We don’t know if Elway will ultimately make the right decisions as Denver’s head honcho.
We do know that the “smart people” of Denver — Paige included — should have no say in the team’s quarterback decision.