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Other notes from Denver

Posted on: November 27, 2010 5:21 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Other interesting quotes from today’s Broncos teleconference featuring chief operating office Joe Ellis and NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash. For what it’s worth, they declined comment on anything relating to the investigation. For instance, they wouldn’t answer who was the specific person to alert the NFL about the rule violation, because of the league’s pledge of confidentiality.

Ellis on whether he thought there was any hint of a cover-up in the Broncos organization:

“I don’t think there was. There’s not evidence to suggest that. When we did our internal investigation, everybody was cooperative.”

Ellis on hiring video director Steve Scarnecchia despite his past troubles in New England:

“We were aware of some allegations but didn’t know the specifics. He knew full well coming in what was expected of him in terms of the type of behavior we would expect out of him and what Josh (McDaniels), (owner Pat) Bowlen and the Denver Broncos stood for and how we conduct ourselves. It’s disappointing he chose the wrong path when we were in London.”

Pash on how the NFL discovered these allegations:

“It came to our attention because the Broncos came and reported it to us, specifically Mr. Bowlen and Joe Ellis and the team’s counsel. They came to New York and asked for a meeting and sat down with us and went through their own findings of what had happened.”

Pash on why the fine ($50,000 to the Broncos and $50,000 to Josh McDaniels) is so much less than what the NFL fined the Patriots in 2007 for illegally videotaping opponents’ signals ($250,000 to New England and $500,000 to coach Bill Belichick):

“With any disciplinary action, you have to focus on what the facts are. Here, you have, to the best we can conclude, a single incident as opposed to New England’s years of activities. You have an incident that, as best we could identify, was carried out by a single employee without direction from the coaching staff or anyone else with the club. That’s obviously different than New England. From the commissioner’s aspect, as soon as senior management and the ownership were aware of it, they came forward and reported it to our office and operated fully in the investigation. There was a combination of factors led to the commissioner’s decision on discipline.”

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