Some quick thoughts on where the Broncos go from here after their 4-12 season came to an end with a loss to the Chargers:
-John Elway is in, but what will he really do? Apparently he will be the point man in the coaching search. Turning to a "family" guy to restore the luster? Where have we seen that recently? But does Elway have the connections and networking with the NFL high ups and managers to get the right guy? Running the football side of an operation is a heckuva lot daunting than running golf pro-ams and a Arena League team.
-Elway is in Miami this week for the Orange Bowl because a-he's a Stanford Alum; b-he is there to gauge Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh's interest in the Donks; c-he loves him some late 80's Miami Bass Music.
-I don't see why everyone is on Harbaugh's nuts. Coaching men and millionaires in teh NFL is a lot different than coaching braniacs and mechanical engineers at Stanford.
-Job one of any new coach is to get a patented, proven, real live Quarterbacks Coach whose job numero uno is working with Tim Tebow. In the film room, on the practice field, all off-season, follow him on South American missions, working every little detail. Someone like, say, Josh McDaniels.
-Let Champ go and let him be happy for a few years. It will suck to see him move to safety and most likely win a Super Bowl, but he put in his time here and the franchise owes it to him.
-Kyle Orton should fetch a 3rd or 4th round pick. He'll be starting somewhere next year, most likely the second most sought after QB after Donovan McNabb. There are a slew of journeymen QBs who can back up Tebow.
-If Brian Xanders is the guy at GM, Elway and Bowlen and the new coach have to step back and let him do his thing in the draft. The number two pick seems failsafe, but it can bite you in the ass with the wrong guy. DL get fat. CBs are always outer-wordly at the combine. Trading down might be in the works if Xanders isn't enamored with anyone post-Adrew Luck. That said, DaQuan Bowers is a beast.
-The right moves and suddenly a rebuilding project can be contending for the division title. Does anyone in the AFC West scare the Donks? The Chiefs with Matt Cassel are the Chiefs with Matt Cassel. The Raiders will be breaking in a new coach and have no proven QB. San Diego appears to be a the downside of their apex. A 9-7 season could win this thing in 2011.
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