John Elway on Broncos being soft: I’d put myself at the front

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Broncos General Manager John Elway made headlines late last week when he said that the Broncos “got a little bit soft” after opening the season 3-1 and expressed his dismay about the team not being competitive in most of the games that make up their current losing streak.

Those comments elicited reactions from head coach Vance Joseph and some of the team’s players as well as those outside the organization who thought that Elway should bear some of the blame for the team’s 3-7 start to the season. During an appearance on Orange & Blue 760 Tuesday, Elway said that he includes himself in his negative assessment of the team’s trajectory this season.

“I was talking about everybody in the organization, and the track record we’ve had…when you’ve had success sometimes you get soft. I’d put myself at the front…I knew before I said it that some guys were not gonna like that,” Elway said.

Elway also discussed the decision to fire offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, saying that “something had to change” even though McCoy wasn’t responsible for all that’s gone wrong with the team. He didn’t say whether another change would come at quarterback with Paxton Lynch moving into the starting lineup, but did say he anticipates Lynch getting playing time at some point while noting it would be Joseph’s decision when that happens.

30 responses to “John Elway on Broncos being soft: I’d put myself at the front

  1. Just another also ran not worth talking about.

    Maybe next year they’ll get it together, or continue the deep slide into irrelevance.

  2. Elway has not done much with the QB position since he snagged Manning in 2012. I’m guessing Paxton Lynch has not developed as Denver would have expected or he would be playing. I would not necessarily say the Broncos are playing soft, I would say they are playing the cards they’ve been dealt. Maybe they need a new dealer.

  3. A lot of teams bear this, but the Eagles team all seem zoned-in for some reason, every game they play. I do wonder if owner, Jeffrey Lurie, has given every team member some “incentive” to go all-in. We’ll see if the Eagles are legit come Division Round.

  4. The Broncos did not fire Wade Phillips….his contract expired and his work in Denver earned him a lucrative contract with the Rams.
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    Not renewed = get lost.
    The Rams recognized his value. Elway didn’t. Soft.

  5. One wonders why Elway feels the need to be the Broncos GM. He’s a millionaire many times over who owns multiple businesses. Go somewhere and enjoy life. But no, his massive ego has to be fed by staying in the limelight. He’s pretty shallow, especially for a Stanford guy.

  6. doggz109 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    The Broncos did not fire Wade Phillips….his contract expired and his work in Denver earned him a lucrative contract with the Rams.

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    Translation: The Broncos are cheap AND didn’t respect what Wade’s system was doing for them and Elway has a massive ego.

    I have to laugh…The Pats are deemed to be “cheap” because of how smart and strategic they are, not getting into a cap hell.

    But, then when some Johnny Come Lately hyped up GM is cheap and dumb, the media says nothing.

  7. doggz109 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Well Denver still has the 3rd ranked defense and the Rams are 16th…so not sure the value was there after all.

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    “ranked”…lol

    Fact. Yards allowed between the 20s is irrelevant in this era.

    Who has allowed fewer points, Denver’s D or NE’s? I bet you don’t want the answer.

    lol

  8. A good leader would have prefaced the “soft” remarks by saying he includes himself in that assessment.

  9. doggz109 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    The Broncos did not fire Wade Phillips….his contract expired and his work in Denver earned him a lucrative contract with the Rams.
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    Please. The Broncos made a careful evaluation and decided that Vance Joseph and Joe Woods were the better option. They were wrong.

  10. Elway was a great QB and evidently he’s a pretty good business man. Unfortunately those skill sets don’t translate to playing defense. If he thought about it and knew before he said it that “some guys were not gonna like” it then maybe he should have included himself when he said it in the first place at least that way there would have been something about it they’d have liked. The best way out of a hole is seldom to keep digging.

  11. They should have promoted Wade as a HC, what did they have to lose? They are not just terrible know, they are a boring and predictable team.

  12. You knew this was going to happen when they acted like Romo had a booger in his nose. He may have gotten hurt in preseason but you are a fool if you think he was a bad qb. When you have a team like that you have to try to not miss your window. Hitch the wagons to 2 b’s that have shown nothing or kick a 4th that escalates to a 2 for a strong qb.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    doggz109 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Well Denver still has the 3rd ranked defense and the Rams are 16th…so not sure the value was there after all.

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    “ranked”…lol

    Fact. Yards allowed between the 20s is irrelevant in this era.

    Who has allowed fewer points, Denver’s D or NE’s? I bet you don’t want the answer.

    lol

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    Nobody in their right mind would take NE’s defence over Denver’s. One offence is leading the lead in turnovers and can’t move the ball leaving its defence on the field all game and the other has Tom Brady who has thrown 2 ints all year. Flip the two offences and NE’s D would be a complete disaster.

  14. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    and here come the pats fans.

    Broncos only have 2 less rings
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    I’m not a Pats fan but those Denver losses in the SB were epic failures.

    39-20
    42-10
    55-10
    43-8

    LMAO

  15. Why is no 1 pointing out the obvious? the problem is letting Wade Phillips walk. He makes every defense great. These Broncos are the Broncos they would have been the last few years if they didnt have Wade as their coach. Elway needs to admit his mistake, fire Joseph, and hire Wade Phillips as their head coach. If they do that I guarantee the Broncos defense instantly becomes a top 3 defense again.

  16. Pointing out the Rams defense year 1 with Wade is intellectually dishonest. He needs time to build it up like he did everywhere else. He will while the Broncos continue to falter.

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