Dan didn't "engineer" the trade for Elway...that was all Edgar Kaiser.
As a matter of record, Reeves was initially opposed to the trade...even made a comment along the lines of '...we already have a QB'...he did!
Initially, when hired, Dan brought along all kinds of offensive innovation he learned from Tom Landy, but his offenses staled...and stalled if not for John Elway & his tendency to ad lib.
He never did get him an O-line, receivers, or a RB to put the Broncos over the top...sorry, Sammy WInder, Vance Johnson & Bobby Humphry fans.
The man was always a gentleman, but, curiously like Mike of late, cultured a poisonous relationship with the local media, became Hitlerian in his management style and was laughable (to outsiders at any rate) with the his draft selections and personnel decisions, which, of course, only dumped fuel onto the media fire.
...even so, Bowlen stood by the guy...until he opened trade talks with Washington dangling Elway for draft picks...even then, it was only a sharp rebuke.
Finally Elway said...in so many words...me or him..."bye Dan".
Still, he led Denver to many, many wins and was inducted into the Colorado SPorts Hall of Fame...but the NFL HOF??...no, not hardly.