Hi. BBS here. I'm posting not to make fun of the Broncos or anything, but to highlight a pretty good article written by a guy who is close to Mike Shanahan. Mike Lombardi was once the GM for the Raiders. He is now an analyst for various news outlets and writes for a blog called National Football Post. Now, before you bash Lombardi for being a former Raiders GM, just know that he does not look back fondly on his years with The Crypt Keeper. He refers to the Raiders organization as "The hotel." What Lombardi does look back fondly on is how the Denver Broncos used to draft when Neal Dahlen was the GM.
Lombardi just posted an article that provides some great analysis on how Denver has drafted, post-Neal Dahlen. He also makes a strong case for Denver's ownership taking the final decision for drafting players away from Shanahan. TheSportsGuru and I always debate your coach, and one of the things I always harp on is how bad Shanahan is at talent evaluation. Here is a segment of Lombardi's article. Even if you disagree with it, it is still a good read:
When I left the Hotel, I talked to Mike about coming to the Broncos and helping him out in the personnel department. From my years competing against the Broncos, I always felt that when former General Manager Neal Dahlen was forced out, they went downhill in terms of acquiring talent. Dahlen worked at the 49ers and was very quietly responsible for helping the 49ers win Super Bowls. He had a great instinct for what the coaches needed and was someone who could help the team procure talent. He worked hand and hand with Bill Walsh and when Mike hired him in Denver, their relationship seemed similar to the one that Neal shared with Walsh.