If true, I am utterly disappointed what’s going on at Dove Valley hence the reason it’s taking so long to hire John Elway. Broncos must not settle for someone not yet qualified to be GM. Elway himself mention he is NOT qualified to be GM or HC for that matter. However, he could be a person of influence in the hiring process to select a qualified GM and HC. For e.g. do any of you loyal Bronco fans seriously believe Brian Xanders can influence the hire of a top tier HC’s or top tier Veteran Player[s]? IMO Xanders would be an ideal candidate for Player Personnel Director until ready to handle GM duties. The key is that he must be an excellent player evaluator, not sure he is or ever will be?
If Mr. Bowlen is serious about returning to be an elite team he must acquire a high profile GM like Charley Casserly or current Ravens PPD Eric Decosta, or someone like them. IMO, Elway and Xanders would lay an egg trying to acquire top quality people. We only need to look at what happen with Joe Ellis, McDaniels, and Xanders. The only difference would be Ellis, Elway, new HC, and Xanders not a winning formula unless the HC is Cowher or Gruden.
Broncos are losing the battle and the season isn’t yet over, and the off-season hasn’t started. As I mention in another blog Mr. Bowlen must move quickly to hire the best available high powered GM and HC. IMO, as long as Joe Ellis has any say we can forget about improving the Front Office in 1 to 3 years IMO it will take much longer 5+ years with Xanders as GM. The fact or rumors about Xanders as GM is alarming and if true has already ruined any possibilities of interviewing the likes of Cowher or Gruden not that they’d be interested. Any high profile coach like Harbaugh, Gruden, or Cowher coming to Denver [IMO] is dead if Xanders is the GM – hope I’m wrong if this happens.
Actually, I’m not sure Elway would be interested hence the reason it’s taking so long to make him the VP. The announcement of Elway should have happen Monday past to begin the hunt for GM & HC. Teams are maneuvering to make their hires quickly for GM’s and HC’s. IMO, Elway needs complete freedom to set up the Front Office, believe me interviews will commence for HC & GM’s next week until the playoffs then it’s hands off on the key personnel on playoff bound teams.
Tebow gives hope for the team if he keeps improving and therefore would be a player capable of influencing veteran players [like Bailey] to sign with Denver. The star power of John Elway would go a long way in hiring the right GM, HC, and signing Veterans he knows what to look for as a former player and what it takes to win in the playoffs [Denver Gold].
Changing the team identity and image will require top notch people from outside the current organization. [Just my opinion].