Posted Sat Dec 11th by Ian Henson
I think that most writers who have been covering John Elway‘s more predominant role with the Denver Broncos have forgot recent history (I am pointing at you Mike Florio). In 2004 Pat Bowlen attempted to sell Elway ten-percent of the Broncos, but was blocked by the Broncos’ former owner Edgar Kaiser. Colorado courts ruled that Kaiser was entitled to buy ten-percent back, under the same circumstances that Bowlen had provided to Elway.
Bowlen and Elway along with Stan Kroenke (the current owner of St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Avalanche and major shareholder of the English soccer club Arsenal) also co-owned the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush. The Crush won the Arena Football title in 2005 and maintained as one of the best teams in the AFL.
Why wouldn’t Bowlen want Elway to be a big part of his franchise? Who cares about Elway’s scouting experience; Elway has been a major part of every title Bowlen’s ever been a part of. Elway was the major reason Bowlen let Dan Reeves walk and brought in Mike Shanahan (and two Super Bowl victories over the next three seasons). As a matter of fact, the Broncos have only won playoff game since Elway’s been gone.
So welcome home John, hope that your voice is prominent in the next meeting between Bowlen, Joe Ellis and Brian Xanders. Please give be sure to give your opinion on who Denver’s next head coach/offensive coordinator/defensive coordinator should be. We the fans are all ears and I certainly hope Mr. Bowlen is as well.