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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Mike Shanahan says John Elway will aid Broncos

By Rick Maese

Mike Shanahan is more than a little familiar with the newest member of the Denver Broncos' front office. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is expected to be introduced this week as the Broncos' vice president of football operations.

When Elway was quarterbacking the Broncos, Shanahan was his offensive coordinator from 1985-87, quarterbacks coach from 1989-90, coordinator again in 1991 and head coach from 1995 until Elway retired from the sport in 1998. Together they won two Super Bowls.

On Monday, Shanahan said his former quarterback will be an asset as the Broncos try to rebuild.

"John is a very bright guy, real smart," Shanahan said. "I think just having John in the building will help tremendously because of his knowledge of players, just being around the game as long as he has. Not only has he been around the game, but his dad was a great football coach as well, so he grew up with it. I think it's a good plus for them. I think John will be -- I think it will be a learning experince for him, but I think more people will be learning from John through his experiences."

By Rick Maese  | January 3, 2011; 4:49 PM ET
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First to say........

I could give a flying phuk what Elway does for the Broncos.

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What has Elway been doing since this? He owns an arena football team, a restaurent, and writes a blog. I dunno if that equals the chops to run an NFL team.

Posted by: dcsween | January 3, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

What has Elway been doing since this? He owns an arena football team, a restaurent, and writes a blog. I dunno if that equals the chops to run an NFL team.

Posted by: dcsween | January 3, 2011

Don't forget the car dealerships (if they haven't closed them all).

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

cL, actually pretty happy with my FF teams, even though I'd have liked the championships. Had too many injury issues with my receivers.

Lost Malcom Floyd on both teams, he was having a big year and missed most of the games after about game 6. Lost Dallas Clark on one team, Jermichael Finley on the other. With 3 receivers -- and my best 2 out, made for a challenging year.

Stashed Sidney Rice away for the end of the year on both teams, only to have Joe Webb as his QB and both FF playoff weeks, Minny had their games postponed.

At this point, RI has had 5 seasons of FF, and the champs are:
Zornskins (now Shanallenskins)
Futaleufu Swimmers (me)
Carroll ST F Bombers (cl, twice)
Future Winners (not sure his name up here)

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

John will be simply marvelous in his new role. He was born with a football in his hand !!!!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 3, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Shanny and Elway had a falling out when Bowlen tried to bring him in after he retired. Shanny wanted EVERY title!!

Posted by: sirstv | January 4, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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