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Are Broncos' problems coming from ownership?

Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:09 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

So much focus has been placed on Josh McDaniels and his slew of seemingly misguided personnel moves (the revisionist historians’ favorites are getting rid of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Peyton Hillis and drafting Tim Tebow). But the Denver BrP. Bowlen (US Presswire)oncos’ problems likely extend past the head coach.

No one is talking about the competence of owner Pat Bowlen. But look back on a piece Rick Reilly, a well-connected national columnist and Denver-area resident, wrote in August 2009:

The Denver Broncos' Pat Bowlen used to be one of the cleverest owners in sports. But now he's being undercut by an insidious opponent -- himself.

Bowlen, 65, admitted recently that he has "short-term memory loss." There are whole parts of the Broncos' Super Bowl seasons he says he can't recall.

Bowlen still insists Jay Cutler never called him back during McJay Gate this winter, which left him "no choice" but to trade a dead-lock Pro Bowl 26-year-old quarterback for Kyle Orton and draft choices.

But I've now got it from three different sources -- who choose to remain unidentified -- that Cutler did call Bowlen back.
"Jay called him twice," said one source. "It's unbelievable it came to this."

Is it possible Bowlen forgot?


I found Reilly’s article by googling “Pat Bowlen dementia.” I googled “Pat Bowlen dementia” because last year a prominent NFL insider told me Bowlen had it. What got me thinking about this again was the confusion surrounding the McDaniels firing (Bowlen said in an interview with Thomas George of Fan House that McDaniels’ job was safe, then essentially took it back in a public statement released not long after that).

Let it be clear: I have never met Pat Bowlen and I am not connected to anyone close to him. In that August ’09 column, Reilly said that “more of the final decisions (in the Broncos organization) have come down to Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis, a cousin of George W. Bush, who is not a football guy.”

Regardless of Bowlen’s state, it’s inarguable that his team is a mess right now. The Broncos have no strong front office leader (McDaniels had final say over personnel), no head coach, a long-term franchise quarterback that half the coaches in the league presumably think can’t play and a five-year playoff drought that is at least seven or eight new defensive players away from ending.

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Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:34 am
 

Are Broncos' problems coming from ownership?

This is a good post. I have a friend who is a Broncos fan. She has hated McDaniels most of the time he was there. A lot of the decisions that have been made since he came have made no sense, and right now it looks like "Why was he even hired?" I had no clue about Bowlen maybe having health problems, but I just told my friend a week or so ago that there was talk about McDaniels getting fired but, really, the whole organization seems like a problem, to me. I think the same with the Dolphins, and no one seems to say that about them, either--they all want to blame Henne. Same could be true for the Cowboys. So it's interesting to see someone else bring this up, at least with the Broncos.



Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:01 am
 

Are Broncos' problems coming from ownership?

Wow, if this is true it could explain a lot.  Mr. Bowlen needs to get to a neurologist, fast, and get set up for testing with a neuropsychologist.  If he has the early stages of dementia happening he should act now to choose a successor while he still has most of his wits about him.  Unfortunately denial is very common (and understandable) but I hope his family members step up to the plate and make sure he gets medically evaluated.


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