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Mike McDaniel had 1 major change of heart when he took Dolphins job

Mike McDaniel at a press conference

Feb 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel speaks during a press conference at Baptist Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McDaniel is all in on his new gig as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and he has even turned his back on some of his childhood heroes to prove it.

McDaniel was born and raised in Colorado. Naturally, he grew up a Denver Broncos fan. Two of the best NFL quarterbacks of McDaniel’s childhood were John Elway and Dan Marino. Many fans have debated which is the better of the two, and Elway was always the easy answer for McDaniel. He joked on Sunday that he recently had to completely change allegiances.

Both Elway and Marino are Hall of Famers. Marino has significantly better stats, but the big knock on him is that he never won a Super Bowl. Elway has two rings. You really can’t go wrong choosing either.

Of course, McDaniel will probably always feel a sense of connection to Elway and the Broncos. That is only natural. The big difference is that he can no longer admit it, at least while he’s the head coach in Miami.

John Elway reportedly has new role with Broncos

John Elway

John Elway no longer has a formal front office role with the Denver Broncos, but he is remaining associated with the organization.

Elway had taken over as team president and GM in 2011, and his contract ran through the 2021 season. Elway had stepped back as GM last season, and has now officially relinquished his post as team president. However, according to Mike Klis of 9 News, Elway has agreed to a new role as outside consultant to general manager George Paton.

Elway’s role, for now, appears fairly informal. Part of that is because of the Broncos’ uncertain ownership situation. Elway clearly wants to be involved, but as of now, the bidding process is still ongoing.

Elway guided Denver to a Super Bowl as president and GM, which is why plenty would be eager to see his ownership bid succeed. For now, he appears set to remain at a safe distance while that process plays itself out.

John Elway has strong response to Brian Flores allegations

John Elway

The Denver Broncos were one of three teams mentioned in the lawsuit filed by Brian Flores on Tuesday, and John Elway is the latest executive to deliver a strong response.

Flores claims in his lawsuit that the Broncos conducted a “sham” interview with him for their head coaching job in 2019. Flores says Elway and Broncos CEO Joe Ellis showed up an hour late to the interview looking “completely disheveled” and that “it was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before.” The Broncos hired Vic Fangio, and Flores insists he was never considered as a legitimate candidate.

Elway issued a lengthy statement on Thursday in which he called the allegations from Flores “false and defamatory.” The Hall of Famer, who has since stepped away from day-to-day operations in Denver, says he and other Broncos executives enjoyed their three-and-a-half hour interview with Flores, whom they considered a legitimate candidate.

“For Brian to make an assumption about my appearance and state of mind early that morning was subjective, hurtful and just plain wrong,” Elway said, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “If I appeared ‘disheveled,’ as he claimed, it was because we had flown in during the middle of the night — immediately following another interview in Denver — and were going on a few hours of sleep to meet the only window provided to us.

“I interviewed Brian in good faith, giving him the same consideration and opportunity as every other candidate for our head coaching position in 2019.”

Flores filed his lawsuit after text messages from Bill Belichick (see them here) appeared to show concrete proof that the New York Giants violated the spirit of the Rooney Rule when interviewing Flores last month. He felt the Broncos did the same in 2019. Flores also made serious allegations about how the Miami Dolphins compromised the integrity of the game.

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Peyton Manning and John Elway involved in rival bids for Broncos?

Peyton Manning

The long-rumored scenario of two Denver Broncos Super Bowl winners bidding against each other for control of the team could be coming to fruition.

A new report Tuesday suggested that the sale of the Broncos could proceed in the near future and would attract widespread interest. Woody Paige of the Denver Gazette cited sources telling him six candidates would be involved, with John Elway and Peyton Manning both taking part in the process within rival groups.

The interest is no surprise on the part of either quarterback. Just prior to the holidays, a report surfaced suggesting Manning was very interested in an ownership role and was speaking to multiple potential bidders. Elway, who currently serves as team president, has also been preparing for this scenario.

While the Elway and Manning names will carry heavy weight, they are unlikely to be a decisive factor. We don’t know what the ownership groups will look like, who else will be involved, or who will bid most aggressively for the franchise. The two former quarterbacks rivaling each other for a stake in the franchise would be a fascinating scenario, though.

Report: John Elway interested in joining potential Broncos ownership group

John Elway

As speculation grows about the possible sale of the Denver Broncos, there are some very intriguing rumors about parties that may be interested in buying the team.

According to Mike Klis of 9News, former Broncos quarterback and current team president John Elway has interest in joining a potential ownership group to buy the team if it is sold. Elway is said to be making “necessary preparations” in the event that the opportunity opens up.

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis has said no determination will be made on the team’s ownership until after the season. The franchise is currently held in trust under the name of Pat Bowlen, who died in 2019.

Elway’s interest could set up an incredibly fascinating situation. There are reports that he’s not the only high-profile name interested, which could lead to an interesting showdown.

Elway would need to enlist outside help to be able to afford the team, which Forbes values at $3.75 billion.

John Elway says he hung up on league office over quarterback situation

John Elway

Few teams got stuck by the NFL’s COVID-19 rules worse last season than the Denver Broncos.

You may recall that in Week 12 last season, the Broncos had to start practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback in a disastrous situation.

One of the team’s backups, Jeff Driskel, tested positive for COVID-19 a day after spending time at the practice facility with the team’s other quarterbacks. The NFL ruled quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles ineligible for the team’s game because they were deemed close contacts of Driskel.

Rather than push the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints back a few days until the other quarterbacks were cleared, the NFL forced Denver to play that Sunday as originally scheduled.

John Elway, who was the Broncos’ general manager at the time, says he hung up on the league office out of frustration over the situation.

“I got a little mad about that,” Elway recalled to’s Mike Silver. “Well, I hung up on the league office. I said, ‘Dawn, I’m sorry: I’ve had enough of this, and I’m hanging up.’ At least I did it respectfully.”

Elway also shared that Saints GM Mickey Loomis was willing to delay the game by a few days. That didn’t matter to the NFL, which made the Broncos play. Elway felt like the league unfairly made an example out of Denver.

Compare what happened with the Broncos to what happened in the Ravens-Steelers game last year, and it’s hard not to feel like Denver got screwed.

H/T MileHigh Huddle

Is this evidence of John Elway, Broncos tampering with Aaron Rodgers?

John Elway

The Denver Broncos have been viewed as one of the most likely suitors for Aaron Rodgers should the Green Bay Packers decide to trade the star quarterback. John Elway would probably love to make that a reality, and it sounds like he and Rodgers have hung out at least one time in a very friendly setting this offseason.

Elway, the president of football operations for the Broncos, reportedly played golf with Rodgers in California recently. CBS 4 in Denver’s Romi Bean said on the DNVR Denver Broncos podcast this week that she confirmed with two sources that Elway and Rodgers spent time together both on and off the course.

“I know for a fact they were playing golf together in California,” Bean said, as transcribed by Egotastic Sports. “I know that has happened even though that’s tampering or whatever, but how else does John Elway woo guys but on the golf course.

“I actually have this story corroborated on two different sides which is pretty wild. One is from someone in the golf world who booked the rounds, which is verified. And the other end by chance I had a friend whose friends were playing at this club that weekend and John and Aaron came up and played poker with them, so corroborated on two sides and no one is talking about that.”

You think they talked football at all?

The Packers have reportedly been upset with other teams for tampering with Rodgers. It would be hard for the Broncos to argue that they’re not guilty of that if the golf and poker stories are true.

The Broncos passed on drafting a quarterback in the first round, and that may have been because of the Rodgers situation. We actually heard a positive report this week on where things stand between Rodgers and the Packers, but Elway is going to make sure Denver remains a part of the equation for as long as necessary.

John Elway sends nice note after Peyton Manning elected to Hall of Fame

John Elway

Peyton Manning headlines the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, which was revealed on Saturday. He received a really nice note from John Elway upon receiving the good news.

Elway congratulated Manning and thanked him for what he did for the Broncos.

Elway was the general manager who recruited Manning to Denver when Peyton was returning from neck surgeries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Manning played the final four seasons of his career with the Broncos. He led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2013 and was an All-Pro in his first two seasons with the team. Then in his final season, the team won the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have won three Super Bowls in franchise history. Elway won two and Manning won the other. It’s nice to see Elway show that great respect to his Canton peer.

John Elway announcement could be bad news for Drew Lock

Drew Lock

John Elway’s announcement on Monday could be bad news for Drew Lock.

Elway announced that he was giving up his duties as the general manager for the Denver Broncos. He will still be involved in the team’s front office, but the GM will be the decision-maker.

So why is that bad for Lock?

As 9News’ Mike Klis pointed out, nobody with the Broncos had more faith in Lock than Elway.

As long as Elway was there, Lock would have every opportunity to prove himself. Without that Elway protection, Lock’s future is in question. The new GM wouldn’t have the same ties to Lock and could easily part ways with him.

Lock would have to take a major step forward next season to convince a team he might be a franchise QB. The 24-year-old passed for 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

John Elway weighs in on Peyton Manning as Broncos GM candidate

Peyton Manning

There has always been chatter about Peyton Manning wanting to run an NFL organization. With one of his former teams now seeking a general manager, is this the time for him to take the plunge?

The Denver Broncos are seeking a GM after John Elway announced he was giving up the responsibility. Elway was asked about Manning as a possible replacement, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a realistic possibility.

“Put it this way, Peyton has not called,” Elway told Mike Klis of 9News. “A lot of people have called but Peyton has not called.”

If Manning wanted in, this would probably be a great job to take. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos. Plus, Elway would be around as both an experienced sounding board and as someone who went from playing quarterback to running a franchise.

Ultimately, Manning has never really jumped at these opportunities. He’s at least left the door open to doing it, but has never come close. He’s been similarly reluctant to go into broadcasting, though he has come closer on that front.

For now, Manning seems content to pick and choose his involvement with NFL teams. That may never change, but we just don’t know, because the iconic quarterback has always been pretty quiet about his ultimate post-playing ambitions.

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