McDaniels mending Elway’s relationship with Broncos

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has raised eyebrows with some of his personnel moves. But Broncos fans won’t argue with his latest venture of having Hall of Fame QB John Elway take a more active role with the franchise.

Woody Paige of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos and Elway have been “estranged” for the last 11 years, since his retirement. But McDaniels and Elway spent some time over the weekend bonding like most men do — playing golf.

Elway is likely to be involved in “marketing initiatives” and could even assist McDaniels on the field, according to Paige:

    “I’ve really enjoyed being around John,” McDaniels said. “He means so much to the Broncos, Denver and the NFL. We’ve had fun, and I look forward to John having a relationship with the Broncos, Pat Bowlen and me well into the future.
    “(Elway is) welcome any time to Dove Valley. I look forward to that as head coach. He is the greatest Bronco of all time and someone all our players should know and respect. We can benefit from John’s knowledge, presence and experience.”

The Broncos and Elway are taking a low-key approach to the whole deal. But this is certainly a good move for McDaniels to embrace the most popular Bronco of all-time next to Rick Upchurch. (Kidding about Upchurch, just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.)

Elway looks forward to getting to work, and he even hints at possibly becoming a minority owner with the team. But for right now, he is just happy to be back in Dove Valley.

    “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.”
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