John Elway will continue search for Denver’s long-term quarterback

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In eight years at the man in charge of the football operations in Denver, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has hired four coaches and rolled the dice on at least that many quarterbacks. Elway hired his latest head coach last week, and Elway will now continue the search for his next quarterback.

“[W]e’ve got to — Case [Keenum] is probably a short-term fix — find the long-term guy for us,” Elway tells Peter King of Football Morning in America. “When we do find that guy, we’ve got to have the continuity on the offensive side to where we can train him and develop him and get him there. This is our fourth offense in probably three or four years. Quarterbacks need to be developed. You don’t find one ready-made. We got to have a solid system in place for when we do go after whatever guy it may be, a young guy or a trade or whatnot.”

However they do it, Elway knows that winning consistently hinges on the position he played.

“It’s very difficult to do it year in and year out unless you find a franchise quarterback,” Elway said. “And, you know, we drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round [in 2016] and [head coach] Gary [Kubiak] was on board with Paxton and I thought he was a good fit with what Gary did. And then Gary gets sick and can’t do it anymore. Now all of a sudden we change a whole system that we had drafted a quarterback for. And once that [public] tidal wave started against him, he is getting bashed, and it’s hard for a 23-, 24-year-old kid to beat that.”

Then there’s the fact that Lynch, once dumped by Denver, hasn’t been able to find another NFL home — even at a time when the rosters have enlarged to 90.

It’s not just Lynch. Elway used a second-round pick on former starter Brock Osweiler. Former starter Trevor Siemian arrived via round seven, beating out Lynch in two straight open competitions before being traded to Minnesota. That move came not long after Elway committed $36 million over two years to Case Keenum, whose single year in Minnesota ended up being much better than his first tour in Denver.

Elway also had a chance to acquire Colin Kaepernick in 2016, but Elway wanted the former 49ers starter to drop his guaranteed pay for that season. Kaepernick declined, and then when he became a free agent the following year Elway wasn’t interested, for obvious reasons (even though Elway tried to claim it was because Kaepernick had his chance to join the team the prior offseason and passed).

The only thing we know at this point is that Kaepernick won’t be the long-term answer in Denver. Beyond that, it’s an open book and a blank page. We’ll see what Elway manages to write on it this time around, especially with no Peyton Manning or other sure-fire future Hall of Famer ready to fall into Elway’s lap.

16 responses to “John Elway will continue search for Denver’s long-term quarterback

  1. Keenum’s best situation was Minnesota because he had multiple weapons, the offense suited him, and he played at least 9 games a year indoors. If he would have stayed in Minnesota, the team would have more cap space to spend on the OL without having to potentially cut a player to do it, and Keenum could have put up around the same numbers that Cousins did.

  2. Elway can’t find a QB to save his life but we should listen to him tell us how it works.

    Time to go back to selling cars, John.

  3. Despite the Broncos winning the Super Bowl a few years ago, I have to wonder how John Elway keeps his job. Is it because he’s a big name in Denver? When it comes to acquiring players, he seems to know the least about the position he once played. Blaming the choice of Paxton Lynch on changing systems?? Maybe Paxton Lynch just isn’t that good, not a very accurate quarterback. The same goes with Osweiller, whose delivery is long and exaggerated. I’ll never understand how Elway got the keys to the kingdom in Denver but his contemporary Bernie Kosar, one of the most knowledgeable ex-players I’ve ever heard, has never gotten a chance to run a team.

  4. The owner is staring down the barrel of a tough decision. Fire a Broncos legend or continue to let him run that organization into the ground.

  5. Elway just won a Super Bowl. Relax.

    Glad to see him publicly state that Keenum is not the answer, because he’s not.

  6. browniesfansince1969 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 7:17 am
    Despite the Broncos winning the Super Bowl a few years ago, I have to wonder how John Elway keeps his job. Is it because he’s a big name in Denver?
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    Have you been paying attention to the Broncos ownership woes?

    John Elway’s horrendous job and position as GM comes off as grounded and stable compared to that mess.

  7. Elway is going to waste another 1st round pick on a QB. The only benefit will be Elway finally exiting the GM role. Broncos Country is doomed with Elway running the show…

  8. Paxton Lynch was a straight up bust, even if Gary Kubiack coached him. The few times I saw him play, (I live in Utah and am unfortunately pummeled with Broncos and 49ers games), he looked unprepared and just terrible. Then there was the crying game. Horrible.

    And, that is why he isn’t on any team’s roster.

  9. (even though Elway tried to claim it was because Kaepernick had his chance to join the team the prior offseason and passed).
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    How is this hard to believe? If any of us turn down a job how excited would an employer be to hire you later when you have already declined an opportunity?

  10. “even though Elway tried to claim it was because Kaepernick had his chance to join the team the prior offseason and passed.”
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    “How is this hard to believe? If any of us turn down a job how excited would an employer be to hire you later when you have already declined an opportunity?”
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    Its absolutely impossible to believe when you consider that Brock Osweiler chose more money over staying with the Broncos (in a much more adversarial way than Colin did) and was still brought back in 2017 after an injury to Paxton Lynch. And there is absolutely no doubt that Colin is better than Brock. Elway had no problem going right back to someone that had declined an opportunity in the case of Brock Osweiler.

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