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Published on 12/07/2010 at Tue Dec 07 15:11.
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John Elway has maintained a close relationship with the Broncos and is serving as a business consultant with the team. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

John Elway has maintained a close relationship with the Broncos and is serving as a business consultant with the team. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Could there be a second John Elway Era in Denver?

Today, Broncos Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis publicly stated what has been known for some time — that the franchise’s all-time greatest player has been serving as a consultant for the Broncos. Elway’s involvement has been predominantly on the business side, but recent developments suggest his role could quickly be expanding within the Broncos organization.

First, there was Elway’s address of the players during practice a few weeks ago, a move clearly outside his capacity as “business consultant.” Then, there was a groundswell of media support for Elway’s increased involvement within the franchise, potentially in a pro personnel/front office role.

This culminated Monday night, mere hours after the Broncos fired Josh McDaniels, when Elway was reportedly seen having dinner with owner Pat Bowlen.

“One of the things that (Broncos Owner) Pat (Bowlen) asked him to do was come back in the building and get involved with the team,” Ellis said during the team’s press conference Tuesday. “He’s been at practices and in the course of meetings we have on the business side, he’s shared thoughts about the team (and) he’s expressed an interest to some of you in the room.

“I don’t take that lightly and Pat doesn’t take that lightly, that’s for sure,” Ellis continued. “The conversations we’ve had with John clearly indicate one thing. He loves the Broncos, and loves Denver.”

Those conversations, however, are very preliminary. “I don’t know where that’s going to go, if anywhere, I really don’t,” Ellis said. “But, I respect the fact that he’s interested in helping the Broncos. He has a lot of qualities that perhaps could lend themselves to helping the Broncos. But, I don’t know if that’s going to advance at this point or not.”

For his part, Elway is on board. Reports CBS4′s Vic Lombardi: “Elway tells me there have been no formal discussions regarding a position with the team. Still very preliminary. He is interested however.”

Will The Duke’s comeback be in a full-time front office role? Is Elway aptly armed for such service? (Yes, I just questioned Elway’s arm). I’m honestly on the fence on this one folks. On-field prowess does not necessarily translate into off-field football acumen, and Elway has no scouting experience. I sense Pat Bowlen is on the fence on this one, too, or Elway would already be signed, sealed and delivered.

We have a few weeks, Mr. Bowlen. Let’s do our due diligence here. Talk to John, and see what he can bring to the table. He’ll bring ticket sales and fan excitement and unquestioned support, for sure — but will he make the Broncos better? And if, Mr. Bowlen, you ultimately decide to bring him in, bring in some checks and balances as well — something I’m sure you wish you had done two years ago with Josh McDaniels.

  • areferee

    Besides, John needs the job. He was just scammed out of $15 million.

  • John Ritter

    We need Elway as coach..

  • BroncoMan24

    No way. Stick to the business sides of things. I love John Elway, but I think we are making a mistake if we let him be apart of the personel decisions. Maybe in the future, but he has been out of the league too long.

  • http://www.robertclarkmtfs.com/ Robert Clark MTFS

    1. You're Dead
    2. Elway will be a great consultant but he is no x's & o's guy
    3. Come on knock on my door

  • TheTroglodyte

    1. You're Dead
    2. Elway will be a great consultant but he is no x's & o's guy
    3. Come on knock on my door

  • dbroncs24/7

    He should definitely be involved in the business side, but perhaps he could do a little more in the form of mentoring Tebow????

  • D Yokely

    Mr Bowlen should find a position with the Broncos for John Elway in the front
    office, because he helped make this franchise great.But if this franchise is to become great again more emphasis should be directed toward hiring someone that can build and coach a dominating defense like organizations
    like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears that have kept them competitive in the league for years.

  • cj

    if Elway is to get involved i think you gotta fire xanders and make him gm

  • eburgfan

    Remember Bart Starr. One of the greatest QB's in history, loved by the fans, came back to coach the Packers and bombed. He lost a lot of fans and respect.

    I love Elway, but I don't want him as a coach.

    I think he will better serve the Broncos as a part of the front office with some input, but let's hire a proven coach and let him make the decisions.

  • chooch76

    DO ANY OF YOU PAY ATTENTION?!! Elway CANNOT be a part of the Broncos without severe lawsuit potential. Edgar Keiser sold the Broncos to Bowlen with Right of First Refusal as a condition of the sale. Elway was sold just over %10 in 1999 at which point Keiser promtly sued Pat Bowlen. Bowlen won because he said that Elway was a silent owner. Has NO say in any business transactions. IF Elway becomes a larger owner or even a spokesman for the team he will end up becoming a part of a larger lawsuit. Elway is an overpaid cheerleader.

  • 5280

    Yo i cant believe some of you are actually NOT supporting this. i totally disagrred with that. How does any body know if he can or cannot scout talent? he's never had a shot at it. Bottom line, a couple of weeks ago McD asked him to speak with the team and that one spech translated to a slaughtering of the kansas city chieves. if he can offer that kind of inspiration in one week with such a unbelievable result, what would happen if he was there week in and week out? and further more, what the hell do the broncos have to lose? Bowlen is doing the right thing by trying to return to his roots and what made him successfull in the first place which is John freakin Elway. I think he should be a coach, like a qb coach or even a o coordinator. Why. not? theyre already one of the worst in the league and fired their head coach with 4 weeks to go in the season.

  • Nisse

    if elway is speaking as an employe and not as an owner, there shouldnt be a problem.

  • broncosforever

    I believe John Would be a great choice for the Denver Broncos. Even if he had half his heart into coaching as he did as a quarter back, it would make Josh D look like a highschool coach. (not that he would need Johns help looking like one) I belive that there would be a great amount of respect from the team and thats what they need now is someone that has been there.

  • virginiabronco

    Front office yes, coach no.
    This is very curious timing and could complicate Denver's efforts to attrack one of those big name coach's if you believe that is even possible. Personally, as I have said many times, I don't think either of the big name proven head coaches would take the job in Denver. It would be beneath these guys to come to Denver and simply be the head coach. They will want to run the organization as did Shanny. I don't think Bowlen will go for that. I think Gruden, Cowher and the others will look for a team that is very close to playing in the playoffs at a minimum. They will look for the team with all the pieces in place. They have too much at stake than to risk their media given reputations on a team that will challenge their coaching skills at this point in their careers. They will get paid big bucks and not have to work as hard if the team has all the pieces in place. Denver is far from that point.
    I sure hope for Elway's sake that he will not take the coaching job if offered. I really don't think that is in the cards anyway. I don't think Denver has a clue who will coach this team in 2011. One thing for sure, it won't be Cowher or Gruden.

  • http://twitter.com/DantePakistan Michael Land

    This is a desperate attempt by Bowlen to regain fan support, Elway has no experience as a coach or a front office guy. Doesn't everyone remember this same situation a few years back with Dan Marino and the Dolphins? He had the job for about two weeks, luckily for the Fins, Marino realized he was in over his head and stepped down. We need people with real front office experience and real coaching experience, not a Broncos legend that is basically put there to regain fan support.

    I do not like the direction this franchise is headed in, were the freaking Broncos, not the Lions or Bills!!!

  • DBRONCOS7

    The only thing is is that i would LOVE him as a head coach not a owner. I wouldn't mind him as a quarterback coach very much, he would be great as a head coach. It would raise the Broncos popularity and be exciting to see him on the sidelines. It also would help if we had someone that already knew the Broncos and had worked for them and also had experienced in the NFL and on the offense. It's not a bad idea but Elway's getting old and needs a job and why not have 2nd era in the NFL. We also might even get more than 3 wins if he does. I also wonder how Studesville is going to take being replaced already. I mean he shouldn't expect Pat Bowlen to choose him. I'd say between Elway and Studesville, Elway is the favorite. Maybe it's because Pat Bowlen has known Elway for longer. I think Pat Bowlen is smarter than to just pick by how good he knows the guy, I know Bowlen will think long and hard about this shinnanagan.

  • DBRONCOS7

    The only thing is is that i would LOVE him as a head coach not a owner. I wouldn't mind him as a quarterback coach very much, he would be great as a head coach. It would raise the Broncos popularity and be exciting to see him on the sidelines. It also would help if we had someone that already knew the Broncos and had worked for them and also had experienced in the NFL and on the offense. It's not a bad idea but Elway's getting old and needs a job and why not have 2nd era in the NFL. We also might even get more than 3 wins if he does. I also wonder how Studesville is going to take being replaced already. I mean he shouldn't expect Pat Bowlen to choose him. I'd say between Elway and Studesville, Elway is the favorite. Maybe it's because Pat Bowlen has known Elway for longer. I think Pat Bowlen is smarter than to just pick by how good he knows the guy, I know Bowlen will think long and hard about this shinnanagan.