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Broncos’ effort to replace Koppen could be hindered by front-office suspensions

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Doing radio spots often gives me opportunities to develop ideas for stories.  Or, as the case may be, to steal them from the host.

During a visit earlier today with Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports Radio, the host brought up the Broncos’ challenge of replacing center Dan Koppen in light of the absence of director of player personnel Matt Russell and pro personnel director Tom Heckert.  Both are suspended in the wake of their recent DUI arrests.

With Russell and Heckert gone, it’s unclear who’s setting the table for executive V.P. of football operations John Elway.  But it is clear that Elway made the decision to sign free-agent center Steve Vallos.  It’s clear because coach John Fox said so on Monday.

“That has not changed,” Fox said.  “He has been making the decisions since I have been here.  So, that hasn’t changed at all.  We have a great staff up there that does an excellent job.  We have input as coaches.  That is the approach John takes.  He wants everybody to have input and everybody does.  We feel good about our process.”

The Broncos apparently prepared to search for new players at all positions before Russell and Heckert were suspended.

“Upstairs, our personnel people do a great job and John and his staff are on it,” Fox said.   “We have a ready list at every position.  Like I said before, that is part of the game and you hate to lose guys, sometimes you lose them temporarily, but you hate to lose them for the whole season especially.  But we feel good about who we have lined up, we just have to get him trained in our system and we will get that done.”

So, basically, the Broncos believe they will be fine.  As long as they don’t suffer any more injuries at the center position.

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9 Responses to “Broncos’ effort to replace Koppen could be hindered by front-office suspensions”
  1. ambitoos says: Jul 29, 2013 5:26 PM

    So, basically, the Broncos believe they will be fine. As long as they don’t suffer any more injuries at the center position.
    Or at the front office positions.

  2. raidadon says: Jul 29, 2013 5:27 PM

    Can’t sign free agents right now cause the front office are all in rehab! MILE HIGH INDEED!

  3. blackstrat says: Jul 29, 2013 5:44 PM

    John Elway will take care of business.
    Better believe it.

  4. rooneyruleblues says: Jul 29, 2013 5:57 PM

    Elway is getting blotto up in that front office. The old horse face is getting longer.

  5. patriots123456 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    Maybe Koppen can give the two DUI bums rides back and forth to & from rehab.

  6. jrebar88 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    What is with all these do or die articles?

  7. sarcasm says: Jul 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    Every team has a ready list. For every position. That’s just commonsense.

    Gottleib and Florio that’s a pair.

  8. joetoronto says: Jul 30, 2013 5:27 AM

    Have another drink, horse face.

  9. frostymugobeer says: Jul 30, 2013 10:59 AM

    On the other had the Broncos should probably play without a center for the season…………………………………………..
    just to give the other afcw teams a sporting chance

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