While no one would doubt that John Elway is the most revered athlete in Denver, many are unaware of the somewhat rocky relationship that he had with the team in the years after the two Super Bowl victories:â†µ
However, even after Shanahan and Elway won two Super Bowls (after losing three together) and John retired, the abyss widened, because Bowlen had shouted “this one’s for John” after the first title, Shanahan didn’t want Elway in an executive role, and if the coach won without Elway, that one would be for Shanahan.â†µ
So, John was persona non grata at Dove Valley until McDaniels reached out to Elway.â†µ
Recently Josh McDaniels has begun to rebuild the relationship between John and the Broncos and is making sure to take advantage of Elway’s experience.â†µ
“It’s easier to be involved now. I don’t need a job title. I don’t want to call shots. It’s not necessarily day-to-day, but if I can help Josh, Pat and Joe get this franchise back on track, that’s important. It’s just a matter of being the guy there who if you wanted a different point of view, I can give it.”â†µ
Would he want to coach? “Oh, yeah. Being off to the side and working it that way . . . spending time with the quarterbacks and the offense.”â†µ
With so much change enveloping the Broncos over the past couple of seasons, a link to the past successes of the organization can do nothing but help.