In his weekly MMQB podcast, NFL analyst Albert Breer talked a lot about what John Elway has done with the Denver Broncos over the past five seasons. Elway’s resume is so impressive that Breer suggested that the Broncos have surpassed the New England Patriots as the standard bearer of the league.
Mentioned this on the pod ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 5, 2016
Patriots since 2012: 51-17, 1 world title, 1 AFC title
Broncos since 2012: 54-14, 1 world title, 2 AFC titles
... It surprised me, anyway, since New England is (rightfully) considered the gold standard for NFL consistency. Elway's built a behemoth.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 5, 2016
Many will try to claim that was due to Peyton Manning, but that’s just not the case. The Broncos are in the middle of the NFL’s longest winning streak and have done it with four different quarterbacks taking meaningful snaps.
Patriots fans viciously defend their team on the Internet, so it didn’t take long for them to blow up Breer’s mentions noting that Elway started in 2011.
OK, take 2011. Then it's Pats 64-20, Broncos 62-22. With 5 Denver QBs (Orton, Tebow, Manning, Osweiler, Siemian) drawing 4 or more starts. https://t.co/nNtvnC95rU— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 5, 2016
The number could grow to five starting quarterbacks if rookie Paxton Lynch somehow takes over the starting job this season.
The point Breer is trying to make is that Elway has, in fact, built a behemoth in Denver. The Broncos have won homefield advantage three of the five seasons Elway has been in charge and through a quarter of the season look like one of the best teams in football again.
Maybe Elway will finally get consideration for that Executive of the Year award this year.