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Chargers denied in attempt to interview Broncos’ Matt Russell

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The Chargers were interested in interviewing Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell about their general manager job.

But the Broncos said no, and Russell sort of did as well.

According to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego, the Chargers went through the formal process of asking permission, but the Broncos denied the request.

But the Broncos’ denial may run deeper than simply not wanting to help a division rival (though that’s certainly enough of a reason).

“I’ve got the best owner in sports here [Pat Bowlen] and the best boss in John Elway,” Russell said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “I want to be part of something special in the state I love.”

Russell played college football at the University of Colorado, and joined the Broncos in 2009 as their director of college scouting. Elway promoted Russell to his current role in May, when Brian Xanders was fired as general manager.

So while Elway’s title might as well be “honcho” or “el jefe,” Russell is in a position not that far from the GM-but-reporting-to-John Spanos gig in San Diego, so he might as well stay where he’s comfortable, until a job with full responsibility comes along.

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13 Responses to “Chargers denied in attempt to interview Broncos’ Matt Russell”
  1. shogunassasin30 says: Jan 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    Your boss is friggin John Elway. Pat Bowlen is one of the most successful owners in sports. The team will be one of the favorites for the superbowl for the next 2-3 years, and not to mention he’s from Colorado. Ummm, yeah. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere either.

  2. mazblast says: Jan 1, 2013 3:08 PM

    You’re not playing ball anymore, Matt. Lose the chin guard.

  3. 1oldpro says: Jan 1, 2013 3:09 PM

    If he’d been interested, they would have given permission. The end! No team is going to keep their DPP from a GM job, if he wanted it.

  4. tatvin says: Jan 1, 2013 3:10 PM

    I love living in Denver, dont blame him

  5. xpensivewinos says: Jan 1, 2013 3:14 PM

    ….and this is the response from someone who hasn’t made a name for himself yet. Based on that, what top-notch/established candidate will want to come to San Diego with know-nothing Little Spanos waiting in the wings or possibly even being their boss from the get-go?

    Seems like San Diego is in the process of going from one lousy situation to another…..

  6. jboyxl73 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:24 PM

    Who would give that up to go to San Diego ,sure the wearers beautiful but the California sports fans are no where near as devoted to their teams unless they are winning or the top team otherwise empty stadium every Sunday who would want that

  7. rotobrian says: Jan 1, 2013 3:25 PM

    I wouldn’t either. Especially wouldn’t leave to a Charger team that’s run by buffoons. Dean Spanos is the real problem in San Diego, not AJ, not Norv.

  8. riverhorsey says: Jan 1, 2013 3:35 PM

    “But the Broncos’ denial may run deeper than simply not wanting to help a division rival ”
    Be nice if you guys would expand on statements like this.

    I don’t see how they can deny a request for the guy to have a better job opportunity.

  9. ambitoos says: Jan 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    Dam Chargers. They can’t build their own winning team so they try to tear down their opponites team. Sorry Denver that’s embarassing.

  10. goldrush36 says: Jan 1, 2013 4:16 PM

    Who would give that up to go to San Diego ,sure the wearers beautiful but the California sports fans are no where near as devoted to their teams unless they are winning or the top team otherwise empty stadium every Sunday who would want that
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    Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Lakers have had packed houses for decades upon decades and most others don’t fair to bad either.. lets not base an entire state by Chargers and Raiders attendance

  11. beerbudsnbevo says: Jan 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    He needs a flannel shirt to go with the goat-tee

  12. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 1, 2013 6:06 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Jan 1, 2013 3:35 PM
    “But the Broncos’ denial may run deeper than simply not wanting to help a division rival ”
    Be nice if you guys would expand on statements like this.

    I don’t see how they can deny a request for the guy to have a better job opportunity.
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    I think he just ment that it wasn’t the Broncos denying as much as Russell not wanting the job.

  13. denverscott says: Jan 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    Smart move. I bet DelRio hangs for at least another season too.

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