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Perfect timing for Elway's return

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Alex Mayster
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By Alex Mayster

During his introductory press conference as the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations, Hall of Fame QB John Elway said he was finally at a stage in his life where he was ready to return to the organization. The way we hear it, the timing worked out just as well for the Broncos. Denver missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season in 2010, the longest drought since the team's first postseason appearance in 1977, and the fans were beginning to lose trust in the organization. They wanted an organizational leader who would bring the Broncos back to the glory days when the team won back-to-back Super Bowls with Elway under center, and who better to do that than Elway himself? We hear he already has the support of the players, who respect what he did as a player and realize he can't do anything but help the organization. While Elway might not have experience running an NFL team, he was the Arena Football League's Executive of the Year in 2003. Also, he readily admits he is aware of his weaknesses and will make hires to fill those voids.

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