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Elway: Responsibility to Broncos fans, not Tebow fans

John Elway AP

If John Elway wanted to be safe, he could have continued enjoying retirement and selling cars.

But for Hall of Fame quarterback has taken a hands-on role as the Broncos football boss, and hasn’t been afraid to make tough decisions.

One of the biggest was deciding to move on from quarterback Tim Tebow, despite the fact he led the team to a playoff win last year.

“I believe that there are Tebow fans, and there are Broncos fans,” Elway said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “My responsibility is to the Broncos fans, and my responsibility is to [owner] Pat Bowlen and what he wants to do, and that’s win championships.”

While that quote was part of a larger Elway-as-personnel man piece, it also underlines the lightning rod Tebow has become in New York this week.

It’s clear the Broncos have traded up by getting Peyton Manning, but it seems as obvious they’d have gone this direction without Manning as well.

Coupled with the decision to hire John Fox as his head coach, Elway has presided over a pair of home runs, for a guy who many wondered whether he’d put in the leg work required.

“I’ve never wanted to disappoint anybody that’s entrusted a position on me, whether it was as a player, or the role I’m in now. That’s the challenge, and that’s what makes me tick – that I want to be good at it.” Elway said. “When I got this job and heard the criticism of, ‘Oh he’s not ready’ it was something I was used to, and I used it as an incentive to be able to be good at what I do.”

Both coming back to football and getting rid of Tebow carried a degree of risk for Elway, but at the moment, both appear to be good decisions.

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27 Responses to “Elway: Responsibility to Broncos fans, not Tebow fans”
  1. sedcontra97 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:25 PM

    The Tebow ride was enjoyable, but with Manning on board forget about it. If you want Tebow back, you are nuts. Long live the Duke!

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    You mean ‘buy’ championships. The entire Donkey organization is a fraud…always has been.

  3. texanspat says: Nov 15, 2012 12:35 PM

    I really can’t wait for Tim Tebow to go away from the sports world. Even the sight or sound of his name is starting to make me sick.

  4. shogunassasin30 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:45 PM

    “At the moment?” No – It was a great decision then, a great decision now, and will be a great decision in the future. Elway proved the doubters wrong, and Manning proved the doubters wrong. Convincingly. The haters are now staring in the face of a 12-4 or 13-3 season with 18 being the highest rated QB in football. Talk about getting B-Slapped.

  5. johnnycash19 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:55 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    You mean ‘buy’ championships. The entire Donkey organization is a fraud…always has been.
    ———

    How can you “buy” championships with a salary cap in place?

    This isn’t baseball.

  6. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:57 PM

    Elway has done great consider that mcdaniels traded cutler, marshall, hillis and picks. They bounced back well.

  7. prunch88 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:03 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I gotta hand it to Elway. In 2 years, he has rebuilt the organization from a 4-12 team to a contender. If you examine the last 2 drafts, we have gotten contributions from about 5 players from each draft with many full time starters. Really stellar job. This team has some “old folk” but there are many young, growing players on this team.

  8. azarkhan says: Nov 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    While I have immense respect for John Elway, I give the owner Pat Bowlen more credit. He is the one who had to cough up $96 million dollars for a QB who at the time was a risky proposition.

  9. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2012 1:06 PM

    Dear Mr Ed:

    Try not to have a heart attack when Manning goes down, even though we all know everything is riding in him staying healthy.

  10. essentialsausage says: Nov 15, 2012 1:10 PM

    Jon Elway should win GM of the year for shipping the Tebow circus out of Denver.

  11. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Nov 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    Nov 15, 2012 12:30 PM
    You mean ‘buy’ championships. The entire Donkey organization is a fraud…always has been.
    ————
    Your the same genius that said Manning wouldn’t make it out of the first game against the sorry Steelers. Good call. Don’t be so jealous of our great organization.

  12. dayumyou says: Nov 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    I hate John Elway and it pains me to say that I have a LOT more respect for him now than I ever did when he played the game!!

  13. dealer009 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:27 PM

    If Manning didn’t choose the Broncos they’d be 4-5 or worse.

  14. htowntexan says: Nov 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    absent Tebow, his broncos would have sucked last year. elway has now leveraged everything for a year or two max in return for screwing the future with cap space down the road. its not that difficult to put together a good team for a single year or two–let’s see how this pans out 4 years down the road when the broncos are screwed with cap space and no manning.

  15. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    johnnycash19 says:
    Nov 15, 2012 12:55 PM
    yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    You mean ‘buy’ championships. The entire Donkey organization is a fraud…always has been.
    ———

    How can you “buy” championships with a salary cap in place?

    This isn’t baseball.
    **********************************************
    Oh to be young again, SMH.

    This just in, the Donkeys circumvented the salary cap both Super Bowl years, and they were fined for it.

  16. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 15, 2012 1:53 PM

    htowntexan: how do you figure? You do realize that Manning’s deal has no bonuses and is just a yearly salary right? Manning will likely unlock years 2 and 3 on the contract but if he retires after year 3 there’s no future cap hit.

    The Broncos biggest cap issues will be when it’s time to resign all of their good young players (Clady this year, Miller, Decker, Thomas etc) but that’s an issue that every team would love to have.

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    Tebow barely even plays now…

  18. jboyxl73 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:40 PM

    I love Elway but was it really hard to hand a losing team over to Tebow last year it worked out because players became positive and worked hard once they became a weekly highlight and a popular team to get behind , and now they chose to bring in a future HOF QB which had also made the players play with their heads held high and made them once again the popular team to get behind …. He knows that much of building a winning team is physiological and he’s doing a great job ….

  19. rasalghoul says: Nov 15, 2012 3:02 PM

    Some real NFL scholars in here….

    The Broncos were fined and lost a draft pick for circumventing the salary cap after they won 2 titles. Elway and Davis agreed to have their salaries split up and deferred. When Elway retired he was attempting to collect a partial ownership of the Broncos in lieu of the $15m he was owed.
    So long to sum up… The Broncos did in fact BUY a championship.

  20. electstat says: Nov 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    Come on Elway. Those “Tebow” fans were cheering just as loudly because it was the Bronco’s that won the division and beat the Steelers. The fans were truly happy for the team winning, unlike yourself that looked like a hemorroid was about to explode when you tried to look happy when a Tebow led team got another win.

  21. jjackwagon says: Nov 15, 2012 3:27 PM

    How would the descision look if Manning had decided to go elsewhere?
    Horseface just got lucky when Indy decided not to keep Manning.
    Broncos are good now and he deserves credit for that but they will only stay that way as long as Manning stays healthy.

  22. ray1950 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:17 PM

    “texanspat says:
    Nov 15, 2012 12:35 PM
    I really can’t wait for Tim Tebow to go away from the sports world. Even the sight or sound of his name is starting to make me sick.”

    ——————————————–

    Yet here you are, reading about him AND typing his name. Brilliant.

  23. Nickstixx says: Nov 15, 2012 6:17 PM

    For the record, I have been a HUGE Broncos fan my entire life. But I was also indeed a Tim Tebow fan. I mean how can you not be? That arguably was some of the most exciting football to watch last year.
    With that being said, as much I love Tebow, we got Peyton Manning. No contest there.
    Tebow was fun, he got us a playoff win, but it’s hard to see him doing much more than that. Great guy, good football player, just not a championship caliber QUARTERBACK. And now that is what Denver has, paired with a great defense and special teams. Super Bowl bound! Peyton is the greatest QB to play, coming from a fan that loves #7 Mr. Elway himself. Pretty special to have those two guys play for your organization!

  24. cometkazie says: Nov 15, 2012 9:51 PM

    Elway has a good press.

    Give ‘em hell, John!

  25. grmick11 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:54 AM

    htowntexan says:
    Nov 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    absent Tebow, his broncos would have sucked last year. elway has now leveraged everything for a year or two max in return for screwing the future with cap space down the road. its not that difficult to put together a good team for a single year or two–let’s see how this pans out 4 years down the road when the broncos are screwed with cap space and no manning.

    *******************************************

    You are the Tebow fan he was talking about. How can anyone still think Tebow is ever going to be a starting QB in this league? He can’t even beat out Sanchez. How come he gets a pass for not improving as a quarterback? This is his third year in the league and is he really that much better than he was as a rookie? The Jets are finding out the answer to that question. I think both sides would not make the same decision if they had to do it again. They got way more of a circus than they bargained for. His teammates and his head coach are over it.

  26. crappygovernment says: Nov 16, 2012 1:31 PM

    DEN won’t go any further than last year in the playoffs. If greedy Peyton Manning really wanted a chance at a SB he would have gone to SF instead.

  27. crappygovernment says: Nov 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Elway could have brought 2-3 more impact players to the team for the $$$ spent on that washed-up hired gun, Manning.

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