Xanders get more responsibility, accountability
ENGLEWOOD — Brian Xanders is getting more responsibility and accountability in the Denver Broncos’ new management structure.
John Elway’s first decision as the team’s new football czar was to retain Xanders, who was Denver’s general manager in name only during the Josh McDaniels era, and empower him with more say on personnel matters.
Elway didn’t even consider any other candidates for the job, saying he “deserved a chance.”
“We talked about that and really thought that Brian deserved a chance,” said Elway, who picked Xanders’ brain in a series of meetings over the last few weeks even as his own role as the team’s executive vice president was being defined.
Elway said Xanders’ system is a medley of those he learned over the years in the NFL that proved successful, and “I believe he deserves that opportunity to use that system and obviously he is going to be accountable. So, he will work hard and be diligent about it and I am confident that it will work out.”
Xanders will report to Elway in the Broncos’ new power structure, but Xanders will be the team’s main authority on the draft and roster decisions.
“Brian is a guy that is smart, he is organized, he is loyal, he is experienced, he has worked for a lot of great people and understands the game of football,” Elway said. “He was a player, he coached on offense, defense and has been in many personnel situations and he is going to lead up the personnel department.”
Xanders “was awarded that GM title but never (was) really given that chance to be the general manager of the Denver Broncos,” Elway noted. “He is going to be awarded that chance.”
“I’m excited because I’ve been here three years, this is my fourth season coming up, to have a bigger role in the say of what we’re going to do and go from there,” Xanders said Wednesday. “We’re going to do the best with what we have and the opportunities that we get.”
Xanders survived McDaniels’ ouster because team president Joe Ellis, owner Pat Bowlen and Elway all placed the blame for the Broncos’ roster deficiencies on McDaniels, who was fired last month with the team free-falling to the worst finish it its history and reeling from the Spygate II videotape scandal.