We all know there are no guarantees in life. But to this point, I like what the Broncos have done during the offseason.
After a season to forget, the Broncos needed a complete overhaul. The first phase of that overhaul is complete, with a new front office/coaching structure in place. Now, the Broncos can focus on the second phase, which is deciding what to do with the roster.
Finally, the third phase of the overhaul relates to performance on the field. Due to the labor uncertainty facing the NFL, we can only hope that process will begin on time when preseason games are scheduled to start in August.
While I can’t say for certain how things will work out for the Broncos, I can say I like the moves they made in the front office and coaching situations. I think they have put in a solid foundation that will, hopefully, maximize the chances for long-term success on the field.
First, I believe John Elway will be a successful front office executive. I am aware that he does not have previous experience in this type of role. But at some point, one has to ask whether or not one seems ready to take on a particular set of responsibilities and whether or not one seems to have the necessary skill set(s) to have a chance to be successful. I believe Elway is both ready and able to get the job done.
We know how it worked when the Broncos had, in effect, one person in charge of making all the football-related operations. That approach clearly showed its numerous shortcomings in the back end of the Mike Shanahan era and the Josh McDaniels era.
I love the fact that during his introductory press conference, Elway talked so much about building a front office team. I love the fact that he said decisions will be made after group discussion and debate. The cynics will call that undefined, unworkable and ultimately, unsuccessful.
I call it a welcome change that has a great chance to succeed because I believe Elway has what it takes to be good at his job.
Second, there is no doubt the Broncos have work to do to improve their roster. Enter general manager Brian Xanders. There is no doubt he will be responsible for the heavy lifting in upgrading the talent on the roster. I don’t envy Xanders. He has a huge job and while he alone won’t be making personnel decisions, he’ll be a big part of the process.
Third, the Broncos ended up with a good head coach. John Fox is exactly the type of coach the Broncos needed for where they are at. They needed someone who had experienced success as an NFL head coach. They got that.
They needed someone who could offer stability and maturity. They got that.
They needed a coach with a defensive background. They got that.
They needed someone who would be both willing and able to talk with the media and share information with the fans. They got that.
Given the candidate pool they had, the Broncos got the right coach at the right time.
The foundation is in place. I like what I see. Now the real work of improving the team begins. And the Broncos have a lot of work to do.
But given where the Broncos were less than a month ago, I feel much better about where they could be in the future.
Thanks for reading,