3. John Elway, Broncos
It would have been fair to assume Elway was going to be nothing more than a figure head when he was added to Denver’s front office in 2011, but he’s been anything but. The Broncos are always adding talented pieces to the roster, and it started with Elway’s first draft when the team landed Von Miller, Julius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr. (he was an undrafted free agent). Denver has also had tremendous success in the free agent market, adding guys like Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and Emmanuel Sanders among others.
Best move: Signing Peyton Manning in 2012.
Worst move: Check back in five months when Mark Sanchez could be starting behind center.
Why is this significant? It shows that our tremendous optimism as fans, even with the quarterback situation in flux, is not misplaced.
Somehow, someway, Elway.
Having grown up a massive fan of the Elway-led Broncos in the 80s and 90s, it feels like his legend just keeps growing. It's almost mythical now.
Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive also discussed where Elway ranks among general managers in the NFL and the standard bearer always seems to be the New England Patriots Bill Belichick.
Eric and Les think this season could show the entire NFL just how good John Elway the general manager is. This offseason is easily Elway's most challenging of his five years as GM.