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John Elway: “Peyton is not involved in the draft process”

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with vice-president John Elway in Englewood Reuters

The teams that considered signing Peyton Manning all understood that bringing Manning in would mean ceding a lot of the offensive coordinator’s authority to the quarterback. But John Elway would like to make clear that in Denver, they haven’t ceded any of the personnel authority to Manning.

“Peyton is not involved in the draft process,” Elway said today, via Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.

It says a lot about the way the Broncos have gone all-in on Manning that that even needs to be said. Players are supposed to be focusing on getting themselves ready, not on thinking about which college players the team should add.

But the reality is that even if Manning isn’t personally sitting in the draft room and telling Elway who he wants, there’s little doubt that Manning’s presence on the Broncos looms large in the team’s decisions. The Broncos knew when they signed Manning that they were trying to win now and that they’d try to acquire the kinds of players who can fit in the offense that Manning will run, and that means that while Manning may not actually be providing specific input about specific players, his presence is very much a part of the Broncos’ draft process.

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42 Responses to “John Elway: “Peyton is not involved in the draft process””
  1. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    Of course Peyton isn’t involved in the draft process.
    Archie is.

  2. bozosforall says: Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Peyton doesn’t HAVE to be involved. The Broncos will get the players that he needs to be successful now. Otherwise the investment in him makes no sense.

  3. peachyc39 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Don’t be fooled by that. Peyton Manning is all up in that just like he was at Indy. They can say he’s not if they want to but I bet you a cool mil that they will run their decision by him before they make it on Thursday or Friday.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:06 PM

    I’m not sure any rookies are that important to Peyton Manning right now.

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    Peyton be involved for what?

    He knows it’s in the best interest of the team to put him in the best position to succeed. So he doesn’t have to be in the room.

    Give him all the tools he needs.

    Case in point Doug Martin/Lamar Miller @ #25

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    dont be fooled, he picked the broncos cause they paid him the most, and give him more control, or elway wouldnt have even needed to come out and say this

  7. blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    I don’t think Peyton really wants to be involved. His focus seems to be on getting ready for the season, even showing up to voluntary workouts. In April. What veteran QB shows up to Voluntary workouts nowadays?

  8. mrlynch33 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:27 PM

    What we really need is for Ken Whisenhunt to come out and say “Larry Fitzgerald is not our GM.”

  9. radrntn says: Apr 23, 2012 2:27 PM

    tell me this again after the broncos draft wr’s, o-lineman, and rb’s……

  10. nebster21 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    Elway has lied in the past who is to say he is not lying now.

  11. smacklayer says: Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    It is obsurd to think that Manning has very much say in the draft. Manning is a one (maybe two) and done player. The draft is about building for thw future. Yes they want to put good pieces in around him, but to think that he has more than just a passing infuence on the long term planning of the team is silly.

  12. deucedropper says: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    There’s not enough space in Denver’s war room for Elway’s teeth and Peyton’s forehead.

  13. massappeal12345 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:35 PM

    Peyton likes his 1st round picks on offense.

  14. duanethomas says: Apr 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    Tebow is in the process with the Jets.

  15. chadmurdigan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    This whole deal in Denver with Peyton Manning and John Elway and John Fox is a monumental disaster in the making. Heads are going to roll at the end of the season in the Mile High City. You can make book on it.

  16. buckhuckster says: Apr 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    Just like Denver fans weren’t involved in the decision to start Tebow last season?

  17. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:40 PM

    How the hell is this even newsworthy?

    It’s like why is the sky blue? Why are boobs good?

  18. ncsteeler says: Apr 23, 2012 2:42 PM

    It actually makes some sense for a team to ask their leading players what they they think the team needs most. This can be done behind the scenes and makes the them feel a part of the process. Some may have a strong opinion, others may not. It’s just like management asking workers what they think might help production. It makes for better labor-management relations. You don’t have to take their recommendations but people like to asked.

  19. benacci says: Apr 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    Peyton asked them to get a full back/TE and they got rid of Tebow…. so I’d say they aren’t listening to Peyton!
    ;)

  20. wittersworld says: Apr 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    General managers and their scouts spend countless hours evaluating tape, traveling to pro days, and interviewing players. Peyton Manning is doing none of that. So obviously he’s not involved in the process, and has no say in who the team ultimately drafts.

    Just as obvious is the fact that his presence influences who the Broncos will pick, just like the present makeup of any other team influences their draft strategy.

    Why did Elway feel the need to comment on this?

  21. ijahru says: Apr 23, 2012 3:11 PM

    Elway is Peyton’s bitch. What is the difference between Elway and Matt Millen?

  22. rao50858 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    Neither am I.

  23. benacci says: Apr 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    So they didn’t listen to Peyton when they signed Tamme, and Stokley?

  24. jeziyo247 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    You’re not gonna spend 96 million on a QB and not get him the necessary pieces be needs to work without. The broncos know exactly what they need to do and they knew when they sign manning, what other pieces they’re gonna need. Look for them to shock everybody in the draft, the broncos will be one team ti reckon with

  25. gacoltfan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:20 PM

    For anyone to even suggest this is absurb. Peyton is smart enough to know that to make a good draft decision, hours and hours of tape need to be reviewed. I am quite sure he hasn’t spent a minute reviewing tape of college players. I think he knows that seeing a few Sportscenter highlights aren’t enough to make a good decision.

    I also think Elway and the scouts know they need good skill position players around Manning and will draft accordingly.

  26. jimr10 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    There are so many stupid comments on here it is hard to find a place to start…

  27. gacoltfan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:22 PM

    Why did Elway feel the need to comment on this?

    Probably a response to another dumb question from a reporter.

  28. gacoltfan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    peachyc39 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 2:04 PM
    Don’t be fooled by that. Peyton Manning is all up in that just like he was at Indy. They can say he’s not if they want to but I bet you a cool mil that they will run their decision by him before they make it on Thursday or Friday.

    I would take that bet in a heartbeat. And how do you know what input Peyton had on the draft in Indy? Were you in the war room?

  29. snowpea84 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    So you think they will draft players that will work well with Manning. As opposed to players who won’t work as well with him. Players that will help them win, as opposed to players who will not contribute as much. As if teams don’t try to draft players that they think can help early and often.

  30. bearsstillsuck says: Apr 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    Wouldn’t it be dumb to not at least ask Peyton’s opinion on the draft? Your going to sink or swim with him anyway so you might as well ask his opinion.

  31. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    Mayb they should let peyton help pick players becuase their last few drafts were terrible.

  32. truths4all says: Apr 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Does not being involve mean Elway and staff are only going to refer to the sheet of paper Manning gave them listing which players he wants them to draft and in which round?

  33. gacoltfan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    benacci says:
    Apr 23, 2012 3:15 PM
    So they didn’t listen to Peyton when they signed Tamme, and Stokley?

    Free agent signings are different than the draft. Players have seen and played against free agents. And in the two you mentioned, he played with them so he knows how the would help in this offense.

    You don’t think Brady, Brees, etc. don’t make a few suggestions to their GM’s about some free agents.

  34. tomeffnbrady says: Apr 23, 2012 3:45 PM

    blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    I don’t think Peyton really wants to be involved. His focus seems to be on getting ready for the season, even showing up to voluntary workouts. In April. What veteran QB shows up to Voluntary workouts nowadays?

    ————————-

    Tom Brady is at voluntary workouts.

  35. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 23, 2012 3:46 PM

    bozosforall says:Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Peyton doesn’t HAVE to be involved. The Broncos will get the players that he needs to be successful now. Otherwise the investment in him makes no sense.
    ———————————————————-
    Wow.

    This is literally the first intelligent thing this guy has EVER said.

    Are the posters being checked for concussions yet?

  36. rcali says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    You think if Peyton has a bad draft that he will get the “vote of confidence” as the Co-GM? Peyton not involved, hysterical.

  37. weedman8693 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    I wonder who the broncos are going to draft, I’m pretty sure we might go for a denveive player… Broncos need a good middle linebacker!! We just need to stop the run, that is on the mind of elway, our offense is fine. #23 will put in work, my ninja willis!

  38. freedomispopular says: Apr 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    Yep, just like Tebow is totally the guy, right, Horseface?

  39. trainlane says: Apr 23, 2012 4:21 PM

    “Peyton is not involved in the draft process,” -John Elway.

    In other news, John Elways says “You know I love you baby” and “I mailed that check last week. It must have been lost in the mail.”

  40. baddorange says: Apr 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    Who cares? Peyton and his old man, are insufferable. Considering Eli is in that NYC jungle and all the BS, he has handled it very well. Go Eli. Hope Archie Peyton, fail.

  41. mtrhead269 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    What do they do when the bolts fall out of Frankensteins neck?

    Better draft a young QB. Something that never happened in Indy.

    If Frankenstein wanted to win so badly what didn’t he sign with SF they have a better defense, better TE,better RB better coach

    Guess he was afraid he might get outplayed by little brother. The better QB in the clutch

  42. quadya says: Apr 23, 2012 10:20 PM

    Seriously…do you guys go out and look for these “reports” that you disagree with so you can come on here act all pompus and write about how the exact opposite is true? Get over yourselves…

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