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Horse Tracks: John Elway has won 71 of his first 100 games as General Manager

The Denver Broncos have been remarkably successful under the leadership of John Elway. It's the kind of run few have ever seen in their first five seasons as an NFL executive.

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When the Denver Broncos came off the worst regular season record in nearly a generation, 4-12, Pat Bowlen hired John Elway to take over football operations for the franchise. Since then, the Broncos have been a modern-day dynasty.

Five AFC West titles. Two AFC championships. One Super Bowl championship. And a whooping 71-29 record.

Those 71 wins are by far the most wins of any active general manager in their first five seasons as a team's top personnel executive.

Executive Team First Year Wins Losses Pct. SB WC
John Elway Denver Broncos 2011 71 29 .710 2 1
Jerry Reese New York Giants 2007 64 36 .640 2 2
John Schneider Seattle Seahawks 2010 62 38 .620 2 1
Kevin Colbert Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 62 38 .620 1 0
Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys 1989 61 39 .610 2 2

In those first 100 games, Elway saw six different starting quarterbacks. SIX! The only team with more wins in that 100 game span was the New England Patriots and the only had Tom Brady until the first four games this season when he was suspended.

He did it through free agency and the draft. Fourteen different players have made the Pro Bowl after being acquired or extended by Elway during his tenure with the Broncos.

The roster is deep on defense, but is in flux on offense in 2016. There is no other man in the NFL that I would want running my favorite team right now. Let's win from now on, Mr. Elway!

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