We in Bronco world are an optimistic lot with McD gone and Elway and Fox in, everyone seems to be thinking upward and onward for the Broncos. Me, not so much. I think this team stinks from the top down and I am a 35 year fan. First Mr. Bowlen who has been a great winner HAS lost his edge and whether it is a medical problem or not he just doesn't seem to have it. Joe Ellis seems to have become the mouth and face of the Broncos the last few years and that is where the problem lies. I get the feeling the the McDaniels hire had more to do with Ellis being smitten with Josh and convincing Bowlen he was the one. Who hires based on presentation? Who made this hire? I believe it was Ellis. He needs to get out of the decision making loop.
Second is the hiring of Elway. I love Elway as much as anyone but what is he really bringing to the table? Is it to bring the old school Broncos attitude to the franchise? If so to me it is a mistake. Elways decision making is based on what? He has no experience in the NFL beyond playing and this is a different league than the Indoor league. He has no skills as a personnel man. I know he has said he will leave those decisions up to the Xanders and Fox. Everyone compares him possibly to Ozzie Newsome but Newsome spent ten years in the Ravens scouting department learning his trade. Where has Elway learned his? I have a hard time buying Elway bringing success to the Broncos. I would have hired a respected and known quantity like a Charlie Casserly. To me Elway in his position is on the same level as Tebow in his, raw and inexperienced. Not a good formula for the front office.
Third is Brian Xanders. I know nothing of him when he got hired or now. To me he is a nothing administrator. It says it all to me that he allowed McDaniels to take over the personnel decisions. What kind of GM would allow that to happen but he is and was a neophyte. He will prove what he is this year good or bad but a good solid GM would help this team not Xanders. Again I would have hired a known GM.
Fourth is the hiring of Fox. I like Fox but to me he was hired strictly as an anti McDaniels which is not a smart way to hire a coach. And while he has a good track record at Carolina he wasn't a coach the rest of the league talked about. To me he was picked out of what was left. And I believe it was Elway that was the front runner on this choice. Has anyone noticed how many coaches have skipped out on being a Bronco? This used to be a plum position for coaches but it no longer is. Mularkey and Fewell were up and comers or we could have had Wade Phillips, Rex Ryan or Mora as DC's but now we are going after Allen a Saints retread. It speaks volumes to me that the rest of the league no longer respects the Broncos hierarchy.
Finally are the players. This team is devoid of talent at all but a few positions. Doom, Beadles, Clady, Lloyd to me are about it. Everyone else are scrubs on any of the four teams left in the playoffs. What about Bailey? He was great but is now good and at $15 mil to me is not worth it. Spend that money on draft picks and maybe Deangelo Williams but no other free agents. If you read SI this week there is a mention that 19 of Pittsburgh's 22 starters are homegrown draft picks! The Broncos need to follow that or the Rockies model of developing from within. Which brings up another point that drives me crazy. Why can't the Broncos admit that they need to start over. They keep talking about Super Bowls but this team isn't and hasn't been good enough for that for years. I know teams make turn arounds in one year but they are usually teams with young talent like KC. We don't have the talent level they have so that isn''t happening. Bowlen when he says Super Bowl sounds like Al Davis and his delirious pronouncements. As you can tell I don't have the optimism that most of you have. I think the moves made so far have been dubious at best, although the choice to keep McCoy was the best thing I heard to keep some continuity with Tebow, and I am looking at another bad season.