John Elway the GM not looking for another John Elway the QB

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John Elway was considered perhaps the best quarterback prospect ever heading into the 1983 NFL draft, and he went on to have a Hall of Fame career. But now that he’s the Broncos’ General Manager, not their quarterback, he doesn’t need another John Elway.

Elway said on the Dan Patrick Show that he has cast a wide net in looking at quarterbacks, and he’s looking for players who will live up to the best of their own abilities, not players who can emulate Elway himself as a player.

“Quarterbacks in this league have to be put in the best position to succeed, and I think that’s doing what they do best,” Elway said.

Elway obviously hit a home run at the quarterback position when he signed Peyton Manning as a free agent, but the question of whether he can draft a franchise quarterback remains to be seen. So far Elway has spent a second-round pick on Brock Osweiler in 2012, a seventh-round pick on Zac Dysert in 2013, a seventh-round pick on Trevor Siemian in 2015, a first-round pick on Paxton Lynch in 2016 and a seventh-round pick on Chad Kelly in 2017. Osweiler is in Cleveland now and Dysert is in Dallas, while Siemian, Lynch and Kelly are still in Denver.

If one of those last three turns out to be a long-term answer as a franchise quarterback, then Elway will have accomplished the most important job a G.M. has. Even if none of them is the next John Elway.

13 responses to “John Elway the GM not looking for another John Elway the QB

  1. IMO, A GM should draft a qb every year. There are so few actual franchise qb’s that it is a crap shoot whether you get one or not. Look at a few that were excellent that showed up: Brady and Romo, for two.

  2. No one else is looking for another one either. Like Manning, Elway blew way too many big games until they built a good enough team for him to just be a manager.

    A truly great QB needs to have the guts to TAKE big games – yeah we all know who’s still doing it.

  3. I may be among the few who think Kelly is going to turn out to be a good one. Maybe not a hall of famer, but more on the level of Cousins or Palmer. With that defense, that’s more than enough.

  4. Elway isn’t exactly the best personnel guy when it comes to QB prospects. His track record is underwhelming to be kind.

    Elway’s real report card comes this year. Manning is long gone, and he has run off Phillips and Kubiak. The team from here on out has Elway’s name all over it.

    If they are just another 9-7 or 8-8 squad, no one is going to blame the handpicked coach or players.

  5. As GM, Elway won SB 50 despite Manning. It was the Denver defense that won that game. Manning produced 192 yards in total offense, the lowest ever for that game. Elway constructed the defense.

  6. Semian & Lynch are gamers, but Kelly will be the man within two years! He is a proven Winner! He will bring ‘swag’ to the offense and paired with steady ‘D’ , Bronco’s Will be looking good!

  7. ibillwt says:
    Jul 15, 2017 12:43 PM
    No one else is looking for another one either. Like Manning, Elway blew way too many big games until they built a good enough team for him to just be a manager.

    A truly great QB needs to have the guts to TAKE big games – yeah we all know who’s still doing it.

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    He must have left his guts at home for the 2015 AFCC game, the 2013 AFCC game, the 2007 SB, the 2006 AFCC game, and on and on.

  8. Batting about .000 with in the ‘putting QBs in a position to succeed’ category over the past 2 seasons… because we all know the D won that Super Bowl.

    We’ll see if the O line changes make a difference… BUT… you have to have a RUNNING GAME that’s a threat… for a QB to succeed. The Bronco’s are mediocre at best in that Dept.

  9. And here come the horse teeth haters.

    As a player, First Ballot HOF, 2 Lombardis, SB MVP, and NFL MVP.

    As a GM, since Elway took over football operations in 2011, the Broncos rank second in total wins (73) and have five playoff berths, five division titles, two Super Bowl appearances and, of course, that Super Bowl 50 victory. He built the most prolific offense in NFL history in 2013, and then constructed the top defense in 2015, which sits among the league’s finest units in history.

    In his six years as an executive, Elway is the only general manager to have found Pro Bowlers in the draft, in street free agency, in unrestricted free agency and in college free agency.

    Next?

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