The Denver Broncos plan to interview five candidates for their open general manager position after John Elway stepped down from GM duties Monday. Elway will remain the president of football operations and he will have a role in the team’s search for a new GM.
During his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 4, Elway was asked if the team’s uncertain ownership situation might hurt the team’s chances of getting their top GM candidate.
“I understand that there’s some question out there with ownership, but the thing is, on the football side, we’ve had every opportunity that we’ve ever had when Mr. Bowlen [late owner Pat Bowlen] was here,” Elway said. “That had not really changed because we still have the resources that we’ve ever had to try to put a successful football team on the field.
“I don’t look at the ownership situation being a big part of this and the fact that we’re going to continue to try to find the best candidate, find the best person for that job, and get back to the same mindset, which has not changed. I know we got a ways to get there, but our goal is still to be back and compete for World Championships.”
Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis had a similar stance.
“I think this is an attractive job and I believe this is a good place to work,” Ellis said on Jan. 5. “I believe people want to work here. There are only 32 GM jobs. I feel good about our organization, the people that work here, how we conduct ourselves. I recognize we haven’t won. I recognize that there are questions about ownership.
“But if you’re a candidate that wants to succeed and wants to be great and do great things, you’re going to take a job and this is going to be a place where you can succeed because we will give you the resources. I assume that’s not going to be any different regardless of who the next owner is.”
Ellis and Elway are both scheduled to have their contracts expire in 2022. Ellis has said he will not seek an extension.