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Broncos hire George Paton as new General Manager


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1 minute ago, minutemancl said:

Good hire. I'm curious to see how different the Broncos offseason is this year; I wonder how diminished of a role Elway will actually have in drafting/free agency.

From his press release it made it sound like Elway wanted to be hands on this offseason in contract talks with Von Miller and Justin Simmons but then probably fade to the back next year slowly letting go of all job responsibility.

Von was the first player he ever drafted as a GM so he made it sound like he wanted to be the one doing contract talks with him.

 

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43 minutes ago, Broncofan said:

Honestly, other than Adam Peters (who seems destined to head to CAR), I can't think of a better GM selection.   Given how bad we've been recently, our iffy ownership situation, and the spectre of Elway still having influence, I was worried we wouldn't get a great GM candidate (but absolutely was on board with moving on from Elway, because we need to have fresh eyes figure out our QB situation).    We've got a lot of talent on O except at QB (and RB long-term, but that's easiest to replace).     We'll have to replenish talent on the DL and CB's for our D (and if Fangio stays beyond 2021, get an alpha MIKE), but really, this all starts and ends with QB.   

As great as Elway was in the 2011-2015 era, his post-Peyton era was marked by his inabiltity to ID and develop QB talent.   In the end, it was his biggest Achilles (along with using a win-this-year approach in years we weren't close, but apparently ownership may have been the driving force, giving the void after Pat Bowlen died, so I can accept it may not have been all him - but the results from that approach were absymal).    But Elway's ability to draft talent on Day 3, and then his recent success from 2018 onwards in the early rounds, was the one plus I'd hope we preserved with a new hire.  On that count, Paton's track record as a talent evaluator, and MIN's draft success, can only be seen as a plus.    You get a GM hire with that level of draft success, and a different, fresh approach from Elway's QB methods, well it's about as much of a win-win scenario as I could for an org that's been so mired in failure the last 4 years.

Paton's success or failure will hinge on his ability to draft well, and find a QB.   It's that simple.    Not easy, but simple.  His evaluation of talent, and the MIN draft record, is worth being optimistic about.   It will take time to find out if it's warranted, but no reason to be anything but hopeful here.

Unfortunately, QB is the one position that Spielman and Co have failed at. They can build a great team but have made many questionable decisions (Ponder, Bradford, Cousins) and bad luck (Bridgewater). Not sure how much of the blame goes to Spielman or Paton or coaching but there’s been a consistent struggle on drafting and developing a QB. The most success they’ve had has been signing Cousins but the result of this move cost the team financially.

I wanted to move on from Spielman to get fresh eyes on QB evaluation and I wasn’t confident that Paton would be much better.  But he is well deserving of a shot to prove he can do it. 

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25 minutes ago, AkronsWitness said:

From his press release it made it sound like Elway wanted to be hands on this offseason in contract talks with Von Miller and Justin Simmons but then probably fade to the back next year slowly letting go of all job responsibility.

Von was the first player he ever drafted as a GM so he made it sound like he wanted to be the one doing contract talks with him.

 

Elway is strong at contract negotiations, and he's been the guy at the table with Simmons last year, and Von in past negotiations.  I don't see anything wrong here, it's totally justified.   Draft & FA wise, though, it should be Paton's call, and then next offseason, he should be fully in charge of all negotiations.   The above context with Miller & Simmons is more than fair to justify Elway's involvement this offseason.

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