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Old 11-04-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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Broncos' COO Joe Ellis says team brass hears, understands fans' outrage
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"When people invest not only their money but their emotions in this team like they have for 50 years, they have every right to express their feelings," Ellis said today. "What we do is important. We understand that and we respect that."

Ellis, the team's chief operating officer, agreed to sit down with The Denver Post to address the state of the Broncos during the bye week.

Ellis said Bowlen is in good health, but the team's owner since 1984 has chosen to step back from the spotlight and let Ellis speak for management. Ellis added that Bowlen is confident McDaniels can turn around the Broncos, but he stopped short of guaranteeing the coach would return next season.

Not only are the Broncos 2-6, they lost their most recent home game, 59-14, to their arch-rival, the Oakland Raiders. Most of the fans' displeasure has been aimed at McDaniels, the team's second year coach.

"We've had a culture of winning here under Pat Bowlen for 27 years," Ellis said. "When that started to slide (under Mike Shanahan) there were expectations that when we brought in the new head coach that would change immediately. When that didn't happen as fast as our fans wanted it to we all wanted it to happen quickly there was a lot of angst among our fans.

"Then you take into account the start we've had this year, with the type of loss we had with the Oakland game at home, and the fans' emotions and feelings are understandably raw in terms of their anger and disappointment. Pat understands that. Josh understands that."

Ellis said he understands that will will take more than words to get back in the fans' good graces.

"Because of the way that game went, we made our apologies, we told everybody how embarrassed we were through our head coach and players," Ellis said. "But those words right now ring hollow. The only way you can win back the fans' trust is to earn it on the field by coaching better, playing better and performing better and winning."
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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**** you, Ellis.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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You want to turn it around? Kick some Chief ass.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Wouldn't guarantee McDaniel's job?

Tell ya what, if you fire McD, I hope Bowlen sends you and Xanders out the door with him.

Ellis is the worst thing to happen to the Broncos ever, imo.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:46 PM   #5
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My, we're tolerant around here-
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:49 PM   #7
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Im glad there's no guarantee that McD will be around if we cant turn it around. We should of been improving drastically by now instead of regressing.
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I don't really care what he said, it's reassuring to me that they spoke at all.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:55 PM   #9
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wow! we might as well start the new coach search now
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #11
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**** you, Ellis.
This.

He is a ****ing idiot.
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Im glad there's no guarantee that McD will be around if we cant turn it around. We should of been improving drastically by now instead of regressing.
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Wonder what the vibe would be around here if they still got destroyed by the Raiders but just knocked down the two Hail Marys that blew the Jets and 49ers games.

Very disappointing season, but I still find myself thankful I haven't endured life as a fan of the vast group of crappy-never-won-a-thing franchises in the NFL.
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This.

He is a ****ing idiot.
And he's now running this organization.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:15 PM   #16
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Very disappointing season, but I still find myself thankful I haven't endured life as a fan of the vast group of crappy-never-won-a-thing franchises in the NFL.
my brother and I talked about this very thing today

I know it sounds stupid, but if I were a fan of a team that has always sucked I wouldn't be upset

I know the Broncos haven't always been great, but for the most part we have had it pretty damn good...that's why I hate what's going on right now so much
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J/k. I have no idea. Its been on the net for a while.
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Wouldn't guarantee McDaniel's job?

Tell ya what, if you fire McD, I hope Bowlen sends you and Xanders out the door with him.

Ellis is the worst thing to happen to the Broncos ever, imo.
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Just this past year:

Bowlen asserts that he was 'taking back the team'...and would be a 'daily presence'.

Now Ellis says Pat has stepped back and that he speaks for management.

The entire structure, short-term inconsistency and mixed messages of this front office continues to reek of poor leadership and direction.

Blame players, injuries, refs or whatever for the current state of the Broncos. IMO, you can start with the leadership of this franchise to begin to find a cure.

What I would do:
1) Ellis and Xanders should be shown the door.
2) Josh's responsibilities need to be re-scoped.
3) Bowlen can stay in the back ground but he needs to hire a true football man who can make hard decisions and is well connected in the NFL fraternity to lead this franchise.
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well this story just fills me with confidence...oye
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:48 PM   #23
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #24
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Just this past year:

Bowlen asserts that he was 'taking back the team'...and would be a 'daily presence'.

Now Ellis says Pat has stepped back and that he speaks for management.

The entire structure, short-term inconsistency and mixed messages of this front office continues to reek of poor leadership and direction.

Blame players, injuries, refs or whatever for the current state of the Broncos. IMO, you can start with the leadership of this franchise to begin to find a cure.

What I would do:
1) Ellis and Xanders should be shown the door.
2) Josh's responsibilities need to be re-scoped.
3) Bowlen can stay in the back ground but he needs to hire a true football man who can make hard decisions and is well connected in the NFL fraternity to lead this franchise.
Don't forget that it's been "rumored" that Ellis was the driving force behind Bowlen firing Mike and it's documented that Ellis was the MAIN person conducting the coaching interviews.

To be conservative, let's say the rumors are false and he was only the front man on interviews... how did he get this kind of power? And hasn't Elway volunteered for a position like this year after year?

This is ridiculous.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:51 PM   #25
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Actions speak louder than words Ellis you ****!
Better turn some **** around and fast
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