Earlier this month John Elway stepped down from the GM position so that he could step up in to a higher role with the Denver Broncos. So Elway gave himself a promotion out of the GM position and started looking for his replacement. It kind of looked like Elway was just trying to hire a scapegoat. A new guy for Broncos fans to blame instead of Elway if the roster building and the coaching hires don’t pan out.
Well I’m not falling for it Mr. Elway. You can’t just give yourself a promotion, hire a new guy, and absolve yourself of all the blame. That’s just not how the game works. Just because Elway is the Head of Football Operations and no longer has direct control over the roster doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some influence over the roster. Because Elway hired the guy who has the direct control over the roster.
So if the new guy, George Paton, comes in and does a phenomenal job he’ll get all the praise in the world. But if he comes in and absolutely sucks then I’m blaming Elway for it. Because he’s the one who hired the GM. But as of now this looks like a phenomenal hire by Elway and company.
I mean 13 Pro Bowlers in the last 10 NFL drafts is pretty damn good. Even though the Pro Bowl is more of a popularity contest than an actual measurement of talent, it’s still a good indication that the player is damn good at their job. Elway hasn’t drafted nearly as many Pro Bowlers in his time as Broncos GM. So point George Paton.
And George Paton has been a sought after GM candidate for years. Unlike Elway, so another point to Paton. Apparently the Vikings kept throwing more money at him so that he would stay. And for a while it worked. His pickiness and the Viking’s willingness to pay him a shit load of money kept him in Minneapolis. Until that just wasn’t enough. Now Paton will get to work as the new Broncos GM as soon as this weekend. He’s already off to a strong start with his introductory press conference.
Here’s to hoping that George Paton has an extremely successful career as a Denver Bronco. Hopefully he can right the ship and get the team a quarterback so that they can compete in the AFC West and get back to the playoffs. And if he brings in Deshaun Watson somehow he will be an instant legend.