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Old 07-16-2013, 09:07 AM   #26
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Both articles make good points.

...but the reality is that it's FAR too premature.

He'll be judged by how many Lombardis he adds to the cabinet.

If we get none with Manning and Osweiler ends up a bust, then LaCanfora is ultimately right.

2 years into a front office executives tenure is WAY too early to proclaim success or failure either way, especially without the hardware to show for it.
I dunno, i think the above sounds like a lot of nitpicking to me.

1) I couldn't give a **** about the DUI's. Not even a little. I think the only reason its even being spoken about is 1) 24/7 news coverage and 2) ****ing nothing going on in sports right now.

2) Isn't Russell Wilson 25 years old? It was my impression the Broncos wanted someone younger considering they figure Manning will be around a bit. Plus, every single team in the NFL passed on Wilson, including the team that ultimately drafted him, twice. That's a stupid argument.

3) Drayton Florence? Really?

What's next? The toilet paper at Dove Valley isnt two-ply?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:24 AM   #27
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Jason La Conforna is not as impressed -

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They drafted Brock Osweiler over Russell Wilson. (Yes, a lot of teams passed on Wilson, but the Broncos spent considerable time researching quarterbacks leading up to the 2012 draft).
In related news, Bill Belichick is an idiot because he passed on Tom Brady in the 4th and 5th rounds....
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I'm going to assume that most of the the hemming and a hawing about Elway is coming from new additions to the Broncos family. For those of you who doubt his greatness I invite you to get in a time machine and revisit the 2010 season. I for one cannot remember feeling any worse about my team since I started following them almost 40 years ago. In less than three seasons we have gone from the cellar to the penthouse all thanks to the Duke. As far as Jason La Conforna is concerned, I doubt he could manage a team franchise mode in Madden let alone one in the NFL.


And to address the Russell Wilson comment somehow doubt a player like that would glean anything from Peyton Manning.



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Old 07-16-2013, 09:40 AM   #29
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Yeah! Who cares that an executive was so plowed on rumplemintz he steam rolls a police car with a person in it a hundred feet!

Here's a list of our big $ free agency splashes that we've been able to see on the field thus far:

Ty Warren, Tracy Porter, Drayton Florence, Mike Adams not to mention retaining Joe Mays and his absurd contract yet having a blooper reel time of "trying" to retain Elvis

(in fact, it seems our ONLY current FA success have been Manning and friends: Manning, Tamme, Stokely's return)

Osweiler over an immediate contributor in win-now mode

Currently no notable success past round 2 (albeit too early to evaluate developmental prospects)
I think its a very pessimistic view of what he's done so far. As far as the drunk driving incidents, those guys are grown men, that's their responsbility. If two people got DUIs in my work place, no one would think to blame my boss for that.

Its simple: he designed a team drafting second overall into a super bowl contender, while keeping a managable cap for the foreseeable future. I dont disagree with your points about his swings and misses, but I'm sure every GM has a similar track record with those sorts of signings.
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I also find it interesting that people go ahead and crown players like Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and RGIII when the same superlatives we use to describe a much more talented player named Michael Vick. Understand that the league has an agenda promoting its players but get back to me in four years when the majority of these quarterbacks are living off the fumes of past glories.




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La Confora translated means "The Confused".

He was an Adam Schefter wannabe from the beginning and Rich Eisen hated him in his first year because the only news he brought to the table day in and day out was about the Redskins.


Take a look at the WRs on each of the teams Peyton had to choose from when he was a free agent.

San Fran?

Titans?

Miami?


Versus Decker and Thomas.

As a QB looking in, I would think it was a no brainer.


If Denver could win with Tebowski, what would Peyton do?


Elway delivered, he was the salesman. His pitch worked, and he deserves the credit.


He deserves all criticism too, but for Confused to come out and pick the Heck and Russ situation to paint on him as being his definition, hes a joke.

The team went 13-3.


We have every reason to be comfortable with elway running the show.


As for Russell Wilson, I was a huge proponent to draft him. But he would be sitting right now, and a byword in the league if he were here. And labeling Brock a bust is premature by far.


Confora is a waterhead.
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La Confora translated means "The Confused".

He was an Adam Schefter wannabe from the beginning and Rich Eisen hated him in his first year because the only news he brought to the table day in and day out was about the Redskins.


Take a look at the WRs on each of the teams Peyton had to choose from when he was a free agent.

San Fran?

Titans?

Miami?


Versus Decker and Thomas.

As a QB looking in, I would think it was a no brainer.


If Denver could win with Tebowski, what would Peyton do?


Elway delivered, he was the salesman. His pitch worked, and he deserves the credit.


He deserves all criticism too, but for Confused to come out and pick the Heck and Russ situation to paint on him as being his definition, hes a joke.

The team went 13-3.


We have every reason to be comfortable with elway running the show.


As for Russell Wilson, I was a huge proponent to draft him. But he would be sitting right now, and a byword in the league if he were here. And labeling Brock a bust is premature by far.


Confora is a waterhead.
Is that like saying he has a wet brain?
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Why do you call it pessimistic and then move on? You've completely glossed over every single point.

And "those sort of signings"? Those are our most expensive additions...
Please tell us more about what a ****ty job John Elway is doing. Your insight is captivating.
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Yeah cherry pick your own comments AS USUAL.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:00 AM   #35
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Would you like to attempt to make a substantial post and highlight a portion of a quote of mine that you disagree with?
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Here's a list of our big $ free agency splashes that we've been able to see on the field thus far:

Ty Warren, Tracy Porter, Drayton Florence, Mike Adams not to mention retaining Joe Mays and his absurd contract yet having a blooper reel time of "trying" to retain Elvis
Elway inherited Warren and got him to restructure. Probably should have been cut, but he tried to make due with what he had.

Tracy Porter was on a cheap, one year deal who helped ice the Steelers game in prime time. Worth the gamble.

Mike Adams was sadly an upgrade over the crap we had at safety. Again, super cheap and a veteran. Also, there were literally no other safeties available in free agency. It was an inexpensive upgrade at a critical position.

Joe Mays. This is a head-scratcher and the first criticism outside of Warren (which was actually not handled horribly) that is legit.

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(in fact, it seems our ONLY current FA success have been Manning and friends: Manning, Tamme, Stokely's return)
Oh yeah! "Just" those guys, including one of the greatest QB's in the history of the game. But let's minimize that as much as possible by lumping several starters including the most important position, and best player, into one small blip after listing a bunch of cheap no-names.

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Are you trolling now? Win now mode means drafting someone who wouldn't see the field?

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Currently no notable success past round 2 (albeit too early to evaluate developmental prospects)
And I expect this year that to change with guys like Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan, Jeremy Beal, Julius Thomas (I know), Virgil Green and Nate Irving. I also think Kavon Webster and Quanterus Smith could possibly see some time toward the end of the season this year.

I honestly think you, SoCal and other Shanafan's are quick to nitpick Elway and company, and at best, reluctant to admit the successes this front office has had because it's comparatively made Shanahan look bad as a GM. They've rebuilt the Broncos in two years while already tying the number of division wins that Shanahan had in his entire tenure here. And this is a front office that inherited Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at QB.
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Both articles make good points.

...but the reality is that it's FAR too premature.

He'll be judged by how many Lombardis he adds to the cabinet.

If we get none with Manning and Osweiler ends up a bust, then LaCanfora is ultimately right.

2 years into a front office executives tenure is WAY too early to proclaim success or failure either way, especially without the hardware to show for it.
Pretty much. Though I tend to grade GM's more on their ability to keep a team competitive year in and year out than on championships (too many uncontrollable variables involved there).

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So this guy is planting its flag on the Ty Warren signing? Last I checked we were perennial favorites to go to the Super Bowl.





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...and stopped reading.

On January 5, 2011, Elway was named executive vice president of football operations of the Denver Broncos

On August 2, 2011, Ty Warren was signed by the Denver Broncos.
I mis-remembered. He still got him to restructure when he had no reason to agree to it. Like I said, Warren and Mays were bad moves. Doesn't change the fact that Elway has turned this team into a juggernaut in two years with back to back division wins and the first playoff win in half a decade.
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So this guy is planting its flag on the Ty Warren signing? Last I checked we were perennial favorites to go to the Super Bowl.






I think you mean consensus or add nothing and just say favorites. Perennial means year in/out, and we have not been that for some time.


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For sure. But people can't be enthralled in their circle-jerk of positivity and completely ignore the negatives in a VERY mixed bag.

One last time:
I don't think anyone is saying there hasn't been any missteps. I had my apprehensions at the beginning. And let's not forget the untimely PR blunders. The weird and contradictory tweets. Mis-pronouncing players' names. Elway didn't glide into this. But I think you have to look at the aggregate of his work and the proof is in the wins.
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My bad. Your post was so misleading I forgot to even address your "DUIs in my work place" analogy.

First of all, always hilarious when people compare NFL franchises to their job.

Secondly, what if one executive at your work got a DUI, the company did nothing about it and then shortly after another executive plows through a ****ing cop car?

Are you trying to tell me that says nothing about organizational culture?
I find it laughable when people compare economics of the work place to the NFL environment, but as far as DUIs within a front office position, I don't see why that's any different. John Elway isn't their father, and even though this happened to two people, it still remains anecdotal and not some sign of a greater problem.

I guess I just don't see the big deal with this considering it'll have zero impact on the product on the field.
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John Elway thanks his friendship with Peyton Manning and luck from the draft gods to be in a prime position to draft a generational pass rusher.
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For sure. But people can't be enthralled in their circle-jerk of positivity and completely ignore the negatives in a VERY mixed bag.

One last time:
I agree with all this.

I just think all GM's have a pretty mixed bag when it comes to their job.
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John Elway thanks his friendship with Peyton Manning and luck from the draft gods to be in a prime position to draft a generational pass rusher.
So Elway gets no credit for luring Manning?
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So Elway gets no credit for luring Manning?
Who was he competing against again?

Peyton basically eliminated every NFC team bc he didn't want to play against Eli. Pioli's reputation was terrible, the Titans just suck and I believe Miami was trying too? Yeah no.

A ton of important pieces to your team were here when before Elway was hired. Decker, Thomas, Champ, Clady and I believe another starting OL.

And if you think Welker came to Denver because Elway lured him, you're nuts. He came because of one reason: Manning.
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Those HAVE been our two BIGGEST windfalls, but there's been a quite a bit more that has contributed to the team's current success.

In fact, I'd say our staffing has been every bit as vital. John Fox and Del Rio have been MONSTER acquisitions as well as the rest of the staff.

Dan Koppen was subtle signing that ended up perfectly.

Drafting Wolfe seems to be a REALLY solid pick and Orlando Franklin has already proven a very capable player at a premium position.

Though currently maligned, Rahim Moore's developed quickly into a solid player and when healthy Quentin Carter looked great.

The draft is going to look even better after Ball runs through the league.

We signed several good depth and situational impact guys from Ramirez (who ended up starting most of the year) to Holliday.

While I see where you're coming from, saying that's the extent of his current success is every bit as ignorant as the people preaching only the positives.
I agree with everything but the safeties. I wasn't impressed with Moore. He benefited from the pass rush and his "mistake" has ultimately defined him.

But Manning and Von are both top 10 players in the league. They are the driving force behind your team and I don't consider those "great" GM moves.

IMO great GM's showoff their talents in April (well now it's May). They have to be great scouts and form a good draft room. GM's of the Seahawks, Giants, Packers, Ravens and Steelers are top 5 IMO. They have proven time and again to draft their teams into championship level squads.

I haven't seen Elway do that yet.

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There were plenty of people on here that were upset that Elway took Miller to put him in a system that doesn't fit him. Miller wasn't even being talked about until after the senior bowl and combine. Everyone wanted Peterson or Darius so kudos that Elway took Miller.
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There were plenty of people on here that were upset that Elway took Miller to put him in a system that doesn't fit him. Miller wasn't even being talked about until after the senior bowl and combine. Everyone wanted Peterson or Darius so kudos that Elway took Miller.
Von was a monster at Texas A&M when he racked up all those sacks (17 I believe?).

It was at the Senior Bowl where people knew he was special. Hell when people say that he is the closest thing to Derrick Thomas that we've seen in years, it's an obvious move to draft the kid.
Adam Schefter and Jon Gruden were pimping the kid up because they, along with everybody else, knew he was special.

He flashed that insane speed and showed off his hand skills at the Senior Bowl. Hell nobody could stop him.

It's the same thing with Eric Fisher. Nobody could beat him in the one-on-one drills and everybody knew he was going to be damn good. Like Von, he just owned the best talent at the Senior Bowl. Both made it look effortless.
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