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Old 12-28-2010, 07:07 AM   #1
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Mike - You mentioned that the strong possibility exists that Elway would be hired as a director of football operations and Brian Xanders as the decision-making GM. Is this the right move for the franchise considering the appearance that Xanders was part of the player-personnel problems of the past two drafts?
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Chad - Xanders understands the jury is out on him. He did work closely with McDaniels the past two years in the player-evaluation and roster-building process. But there are a couple reasons why Xanders will get a chance to continue his job.

One, everyone in the game speaks highly of him. He has all the qualifications, having worked in nearly every front-office department, and also has coaching experience with Dan Reeves and Wade Phillips in Atlanta. There is something about

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the way Xanders conducts himself that appeals to people within the industry. That includes Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and his right-hand man Joe Ellis. Xanders works hard and has an easy manner.
There is also a genuine belief by Bowlen and Ellis that Xanders can take the good from McDaniels' evaluation system, and discard the bad.

Much attention has been paid to the personnel gaffes of Peyton Hillis, Jarvis Green and Alphonso Smith. But McDaniels' system also saw Mario Haggan as a starting linebacker and not just a special teamer. It brought some solid players in Justin Bannan, Andre' Goodman and Brandon Lloyd.

Tim Tebow will always be part of McDaniels' legacy here. Selecting system-specific players is a concept that figures to become more popular in the league. McDaniels wasn't fired because of his personnel decisions. He was dismissed prematurely because of a cheating scandal. Without videogate, McDaniels may still have been fired at season's end because it became apparent his temperament wasn't well suited to motivate a team of men. But McDaniels isn't gone because he lacked brains. He's got big brains, big ol' football brains.

I think Xanders will be more thorough in the evaluation process than McDaniels and more patient with a player's development. Xanders' added responsibility will mean becoming more decisive. But that's always the biggest adjustment a person has to make when he becomes a boss for the first time.
same article lostknight posted, but this is a different, relevant topic. this guy i think deserves a chance, and given his experience in scouting and personnel as well as idea on how to build a team (through the draft, as stated in his interview yesterday, which also stated his experience) there is no need to jump off a cliff if hes given a real opportunity to run the show.

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Old 12-28-2010, 07:12 AM   #2
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same article lostknight posted, but this is a different, relevant topic. this guy i think deserves a chance, and given his experience in scouting and personnel as well as idea on how to build a team (through the draft, as stated in his interview yesterday, which also stated his experience) there is no need to jump off a cliff if hes given a real opportunity to run the show.

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Of course you do, you love supporting failure.

This guy was in place when the Broncos committed borderline treasonous trades, most of which are considered to be amongst the worst in Broncos history.

He is part of the failure. Get the f_kc out.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:14 AM   #3
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Yup, looks like this franchise will be run by the triumvirate of Elway, Xanders, and whoever the next head coach is (probably Jim Harbaugh or Gary Kubiak).
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:16 AM   #4
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We really don't know what made what decisions inside of the FO. As the saying goes, success has a million fathers, while failure is a unloved bastard orphan. Elway should have the authority to make his decision one way or another.
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We really don't know what made what decisions inside of the FO. As the saying goes, success has a million fathers, while failure is a unloved bastard orphan. Elway should have the authority to make his decision one way or another.
Which is exactly why you purge everything after a massive failure like we saw over the last 2 years. Everything.

When you get a case of salmonella, you throw out all of the chicken. Same rule applies here.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:19 AM   #6
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Which is exactly why you purge everything after a massive failure like we saw over the last 2 years. Everything.
I hear ya, but if Bowlen, Ellis and Elway like Xanders he's probably your GM. End of story.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:24 AM   #7
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Xanders has got to go for the simple fact he let McDaniels walk all over him.

They need to get someone who is strong willed and has proven they know what they're doing.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
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Xanders has got to go for the simple fact he let McDaniels walk all over him.

They need to get someone who is strong willed and has proven they know what they're doing.
Unless Xanders asserted himself more in 2010 than 2009, so the growth they saw is enough to keep him. Remember he was promoted to GM after McDaniels was hired in 2009.
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Xanders has got to go for the simple fact he let McDaniels walk all over him.

They need to get someone who is strong willed and has proven they know what they're doing.
this post is full of fail.
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Yup, looks like this franchise will be run by the triumvirate of Elway, Xanders, and whoever the next head coach is (probably Jim Harbaugh or Gary Kubiak).
If they give Xanders real power then I'm willing to go along with this experiment, at least in the short term. If does what he says he wants( Acquire picks, build through the draft, put more time in evaluation) then I would be ok with this. You have to be right, though.
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But McDaniels isn't gone because he lacked brains. He's got big brains, big ol' football brains.
Big ol' 3-10 football brains!

Gtfo, Klis, you dip****.
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Unless Xanders asserted himself more in 2010 than 2009, so the growth they saw is enough to keep him. Remember he was promoted to GM after McDaniels was hired in 2009.
They didn't have a GM in the traditional sense.

It was a 3 headed monster until the Goodmans got fired in February 2009 at which point Xanders was named quote/unquote GM.
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The personal decisions have been much better with the Goodmans and then McD and Xanders. Four #1 picks the last 2 years and 4 potential starters. Not bad. All 4 have a chance to be all pros at some point IMO. Before, the draft picks were just thrown away by Shanny and Sunquist. The skins shouldn't let Shanny anywhere near the draft room this April.
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Considering how the McD/Goodman thing went down and evolved, would anyone be shocked if Elway and Xanders was the inital team in the front office with Kubiak as HC and after a few weeks John goes into Pat's office and says, "You know Gary and I really have the hang of this thing, lets send the Pizza boy packing."
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Considering how the McD/Goodman thing went down and evolved, would anyone be shocked if Elway and Xanders was the inital team in the front office with Kubiak as HC and after a few weeks John goes into Pat's office and says, "You know Gary and I really have the hang of this thing, lets send the Pizza boy packing."
kubiak is NOT coming here as head coach. promise.
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Big ol' 3-10 football brains!

Gtfo, Klis, you dip****.
Hate him all you want but nobody denies he has an incredible football mind.
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