Tag:Pat Bowlen
Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:03 pm

Broncos say they're willing to open their books

Posted by Andy Benoit

Well, it might be a moot point now (or at least for now), but the NFLPA knows it can access at least two teams’ books: the Green Bay Packers (a publicly owned team whose books were opened months ago) and the Denver Broncos.

The union likely knew it could view the Broncos’ books during negotations last week; team president Joe Ellis told Mike Klis of the Denver Post that the club offered to show its financial data, but the union didn’t want to take a look.

NFL Labor

"We offered to show the union league-wide and club profitability data," Ellis said. "Not only that it can be verified by a mutually agreed upon third-party auditor. This is the type of information we don't share with each other. In other words, we aren't allowed to see how other teams are doing specifically in terms of revenues and expenses. Everything is very formalized in terms of information we get from other clubs. Now the union didn't even want to look at it."

"If the league decides they want to open up the books of the Denver Broncos to present them to the union — I don't know if the league is into identifying individual clubs because they're private businesses," Ellis said. "But with a neutral (auditor) to verify the fact that certain teams haven't been operating as effectively as they did in the past, we're a willing and able participant.'”

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:52 am

Elway will oversee Broncos football operations

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos have officially announced that legendary QB John Elway has been named executive vice president of football operations.

We told you about this a couple days ago, but the Broncos have laid out Elway’s new responsibilities.

“John Elway’s leadership, competitiveness and passion for the Denver Broncos will position this team for long-term success through his work leading our football operations,” team owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement released by the team. “John has won championships as both a player and executive, and his experience will be a valuable addition to this franchise. He is the perfect fit for this role, and I am excited to welcome him back to the Denver Broncos.”

Elway, according to the team, will oversee GM Brian Xanders and the Broncos head coach (and will lead that coaching search) “while assisting in the supervision of the club’s football personnel department.” There had been some thought that Xanders could be on his way out, so this release confirms he will remain in his position.

Elway will have final authority over Denver’s football operations, though he will report directly to Bowlen and Joe Ellis – who has been named team president.

At the very least, it’s a move that should fire up the fanbase, which was let down by the Josh McDaniels era (except, of course, for TIM FREAKIN’ TEBOW).

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 12.21.10: Ryan Leaf's Trilogy???

Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Ryan Leaf, according to the Sporting News, is preparing to write a book about his career. Now, the obvious joke might be "I bet it's a short one!" right? Wrong. It's going to be a trilogy. The first installment will "cover four years" according to Leaf, "from the moment i decided to attend Washington State up through our Rose Bowl appearance in 1998." He also mentions "colorful characters" and "shenanigans," so it's bound to be a bestseller. Unlike the second and third installments, which should probably turn out as well as his NFL career.
  • Pat Bowlen and the beancounters in the Broncos organization may or may not be nudging Eric Studesville and politely screaming "START Tim Tebow SO WE CAN MAKE SOME MONEY!"
  • Devin Hester got a little choked up talking about his NFL record for returns on Monday and as Jerod Morris points out, it's nice to see such a humble and hard-working guy achieve such incredible success.
  • John Ourand makes some bold NFL-related (and other sports too) media predictions for the next 12 months over at Sports Business Journal. Obviously, his prediction about a CBS Sports channel is solely predicated on too-handsome-for-just-radio face. 
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:39 pm

Champ Bailey is a little tired of this scene

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

More possible fallout from Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s decision to fire coach Josh McDaniels: Champ Bailey – one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for the past decade who's a free agent after this season – might look to move on to a team that, let’s say, has a more stable environment than the one which has fired its second head coach in the past three years.

"It's not all in my hands. I just know that once I'm a free agent, I can control where I go, and it's about who wants me," Bailey told the Denver Post. "Hopefully, the Broncos will want me.

“I hope whatever plan they go with they believe in it, they stick with it and let it play itself out. I don't know if I could stand another change, after this one. This is the last straw for me. I really don't like dealing with this now, not at this point in my career."

It’s hard to blame him. After all, he’s watched as Denver has gone from a 13-win team in 2005 with coach Mike Shanahan to a squad coached by McDaniels that’s lost 17 of its past 22 games. The Broncos offered him a contract extension before the season, but they pulled it off the table, a decision that Bailey couldn't have enjoyed.

In other Bailey/McDaniels news, Bailey refuted a report from the CBS affiliate in Denver that he and McDaniels had a verbal altercation Monday afternoon.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:09 pm

Are Broncos' problems coming from ownership?

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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Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 1:16 pm

Troy Calhoun not interested in Broncos gig

Posted by Will Brinson

With Josh McDaniels gone, who's gonna end up coaching the Denver Broncos? Great question, actually. One name floated prominently the last 24 hours has been Troy Calhoun, who was an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan, and is currently the head coach of the Air Force Academy.

But you can already scratch him off the list -- Calhoun released a statement Tuesday indicating his happiness with the the Academy and his lack of interest in the Broncos gig.

"The Air Force Academy has tremendous General officers and staff members who are remarkably dedicated to the development of our cadets. It’s inspiring that an 18 year old kid makes a commitment to embed the necessary character traits to grow into a fine young man or woman who honorably serves for at least five years," Calhoun said. "Our coaching staff and our families are proud to be a part of the daily lives of our nation’s future officers. We certainly look forward to seeing our seniors graduate in May along with coaching the Falcons in 2011 and beyond."

Okay, so it's not like renting a billboard that says "I'm not taking my talents to Mile High" or anything, but it's a pretty strong commitment to his current gig without actually mentioning that he's been approached about the Broncos job. Which he clearly has -- we can all agree that's true, right?

So, the Broncos "coaching search" is off on the right foot already! But that's no surprise, given the mess that we already knew they had on their hands when they initially canned McDaniels.

Here's what the team should do: hire John Elway in a "Football Business Czar" type of role, have him approach a "football guy" (you know, the type of person who's really good at evaluating talent, but doesn't want to coach and/or see the light of press conferences when possible?) and bring him on, and then let the two of those guys go after a coach for the Broncos.

While it's true that the team needs an identity change and they need it quick, the inability of Denver's front office to recognize the need for a rebuilding effort and some organizational structure is potentially more damaging than any horrible trade McDaniels ever made.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:11 am

WWHTT (What Will Happen To Tebow?)

T. Tebow might not be around Denver for that much longer (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is out of Denver, what will become of QB Tim Tebow? After all, trading up to select Tebow in the first round of last year's Draft was one of the moves that probably got McDaniels fired in the first place, and it’s pretty clear that most of the coaches in the league don’t have the time or inclination to see if Tebow could become a legit full-time NFL player.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole, Tebow could be making his way out Denver’s door pretty soon, as well.

From Cole:

What may be just as predictable is that Tebow’s career may be over before he gets a real chance. Or as one NFC general manager put it recently: “The thing that’s tricky [about firing McDaniels] is what happens with Tebow. This is a league where at least 75 percent of the coaches and personnel people are not Tebow-ites.”

Whomever (owner Pat) Bowlen turns to next as coach is likely to look at Tebow and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” McDaniels’ unwillingness to turn to Tebow as this season unraveled will probably be viewed as an indictment on the first-round draft pick.

The bottom line is that Tebow is an acquired taste who needs a coach who believes in him and is willing to work on his throwing motion until it has completely changed. Even then, there are significant questions about Tebow’s accuracy.

Tebow has made the most of his time on the field this season. Running out of the Wildcat formation, Tebow has rushed for three touchdowns while throwing for another score. But he hasn’t played much, and the fact that McDaniels didn’t use him a whole lot when it was clear Denver’s season was over is telling.

If McDaniels didn’t believe in Tebow’s abilities, who else will (assuming, of course, Urban Meyer doesn’t somehow jump to the NFL)?

By the way, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun seems to have some momentum behind him as one of the leading candidates to take over the full-time Broncos job. Don't know if that's good news or bad news, but there it is.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:42 am

McDaniels thanks organization in statement

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lost in the shuffle of what turned out to be a dominant Patriots performance against the Jets on Monday Night Football, newly-fired Broncos coach Josh McDaniels released a statement in response to the pink-slipping he received from Denver owner Pat Bowlen.

“I am very grateful to Pat Bowlen and the Broncos’ organization for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of such a proud franchise,” McDnaniels said. “I would like to thank all of the people who helped us over the last two years. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of every player, coach and member of the personnel department who worked so hard every day. I wish Pat Bowlen and the Broncos’ organization nothing but the best in the future.”

Nothing especially newsworthy, but it’s worth noting that, despite all the good feelings Broncos fans might have after McDaniels was let go (though it’s not like the organization looks any better today than it did this time yesterday), a hard-working man lost his job and, for the time being, his career. Nothing celebratory in that fact.

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