George Paton has been named the new GM of the Broncos, and sports aficionados are praising the hire.
Paton, former assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel for the VIkings, called the Broncos’ organization a “sleeping giant,” and hit on all the right phrases when describing why he chose this franchise to be his job promotion.
“It is an honor to be named General Manager of an iconic franchise with a championship tradition like the Denver Broncos,” he said. “This organization has great resources, tremendous people, a talented young core of players and an outstanding coaching staff.”
Paton, who has been sought after frequently for GM roles, said this one was “the right place and the right time.”
Stating his commitment to “the grind,” possibly Paton’s most exciting comment for Broncos Country was a promise to “be aggressive but not reckless.”
“Drafting and developing players is the No. 1 priority,” he said. “We will be aggressive—but not reckless—in adding talent to our roster.”
The hire went over well - as noted on Twittersphere.
George Paton helped Minnesota acquire a league-high 13 Pro Bowlers during the last 10 NFL Drafts.— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021
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So, I guess the #Broncos GM position was appealing after all?— Ryan Edwards (@redwardsradio) January 13, 2021
I’m excited about Patton in Denver. Minnesota has been one of the better draft/develop teams in the NFL for a while. Part of that is coaching & Denver, similar to MIN, has a stellar defensive staff in place. I like the offensive side getting a second year in the same scheme too.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 13, 2021
Denver Broncos fans don’t realize it, but I think they just got an extremely important piece for their future.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) January 13, 2021
George Paton is an absolute stud. @Broncos https://t.co/KvnoHV5CpT
A little more on #Broncos’ Paton for fans: check out the Vikings’ drafts. That’s really his resume. He’s a road scout. A talent evaluator. This isn’t going to be a guy who comes in and tries to retool the team by running up a cap tab in free agency. Expect an inside-out builder. https://t.co/K7YrthEJSp— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 13, 2021
League source on new #Broncos GM George Paton:— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) January 13, 2021
"Literally one of the absolute best in the business. They could not have done better. He should have been a GM years ago. Phenomenal hire."
Congratulations to George Paton, new GM of the Broncos! I remember him from way back, when he was a freshman at La Canada High. Such a good dude.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 13, 2021
Congratulations to George Paton, another one of the very best people in the NFL I know. Not only a great guy but extremely bright, has paid all his dues and is more than ready! I believe George & Vic Fangio together could be a real home run for Broncos.— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) January 13, 2021
“He’s a composed, collaborative leader with a clear vision of building a championship team.”#Broncos Pres. & CEO Joe Ellis on our new GM George Paton: pic.twitter.com/yD9aEmSkci— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 13, 2021