Posted Fri Apr 1st by Ian Henson
John Elway gave an interview yesterday to Denver’s 104.3 The Fan and in it had more than a few gems.
Elway talked everything from team needs to the draft to why the Denver Broncos may actually take a quarterback in the draft.
Elway began by praising the new head coach of the Denver Broncos John Fox, calling him ‘refreshing for this whole building,’ going on to state that his football wisdom and energy is tremendous. He went on to mention that it has been great working with Brian Xanders as well.
Now, the good stuff.
“Well I think we have to look at that when we get there. I think you always want to get the best player available. But obviously in our situation where we do have some holes, we’ll have to look at that awfully strongly. What we want to do is we want to get a very good base here. Obviously that’s not going to happen in one year, but we’ve got some holes to fill. But we’re not going to get back away and get just an average player if there’s a great player on the board just to fill a need. So we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but I think that the more great players you can get on the team, the better off you’ll be, and they’re going to make everybody else better. Whether it be talent athletically or leadership-wise.”
Patrick Peterson is the best player available in the draft, he’s not necessarily a need, but undeniably a great player. I do not at this time see Denver passing on Peterson at number two for Marcell Dareus. At least given what we know about Peterson and what we know about Dareus combined with what Elway is saying here. Yes, the Broncos have Champ Bailey, but drafting Peterson puts Denver’s secondary right up there as one of the best in the NFL.
On Ryan Harris (or not on him at all)
“Offensive line wise, we’ve got some good players there — you know, (Ryan) Clady coming off that knee injury and not having the year that he did the year before but still was a great player; and J.D. Walton and (Zane) Beadles who were rookies last year that played every down and played well, and they’re just going to get better; and we got (Chris) Kuper at right guard who’s a dominant guard. So offensively we feel pretty good.“
He didn’t mention Ryan Harris! Why didn’t he mention Ryan Harris!? Is Harris not in the plans for Denver going forward? I highly doubt that and here’s why; Harris is a restricted free agent (under the former CBA rules) and for now his status with the team remains unknown. Denver did feel strongly enough about the young right tackle to tender him in early March. I think Elway’s omission of Harris has more to do with the fact that his status is so unknown right now than it does the fact that the Broncos would not welcome him back with open arms when this whole mess is cleared up.
Random fact about Demaryius Thomas
“Obviously it hurts us to lose Demaryius Thomas to that Achilles injury but we’re hoping to get him back maybe half way through the season. We’ll see how that [injury] responds.“
Oh, so he’s out until when? How thin is the formerly packed wide receiving corps getting in Denver? No Thomas, no Eddie Royal, can Matthew Willis stay healthy into the season? Brandon Lloyd, Eric Decker, Jabar Gaffney, Matthew Willis and Britt Davis that’s it and that’s all folks. Expect Denver to pick up of all things a wide receiver in the 2011 draft and definitely in free agency (when it happens).
So what’s with the Broncos bringing in all of these quarterbacks?
“Well the bottom line is at that position, everybody realizes how important that position is. And anytime you have the draft position we have — second in the draft — you have to look at everybody. And we’re looking at every position, not only the quarterback position, but that seems to get the most attention because of what we have here. But obviously if there’s a guy there that’s a franchise guy there, we definitely have to look at it because we’re not sure we have a franchise guy on our team right now. So obviously we’ve got to visit that, look at it, and do our due diligence on it and then we’ll make our decision from there. But no, it’s not a smokescreen. We realize — and I realize — how important that position is, and if there’s a franchise guy there that we know is a franchise guy, we’d have to look at it.“
Okay, I am not an alarmist, but given what Elway said here and the actions that Denver is taking there must be at least one quarterback that the Broncos feel is worth the number two pick in the draft or else as I have said, why are they bothering? The chance that Denver picks up a quarterback at number two is very much alive.
Plenty to chew on here Broncos Country, much more to discuss. I want to hear everyone’s logic, we’ve been talking ad nauseum about the number two pick in the draft, but is it more in what Denver doesn’t say or what Denver does say?