Whoever is hired as Broncos’ general manager, they will be facing the same issues

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock watches ...

The Broncos’ search for a general manager enters its second week Tuesday and no hire is imminent after weekend interviews with five candidates.

Executives Champ Kelly (Chicago), George Paton (Minnesota), Terry Fontenot (New Orleans) and Brian Stark (Broncos) remain in the mix after video chats. New England’s Dave Ziegler dropped out to remain with the Patriots.

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The search could go several directions: A second round of video interviews with the aforementioned quartet and bringing one of them to Denver for an in-person meeting is possible, or the team might reach out to additional candidates. The search is being led by president/CEO Joe Ellis and president of football operations/outgoing general manager John Elway. Coach Vic Fangio has also participated.

A week ago, it seemed like the Broncos were in a time crunch because they were one of seven teams seeking a general manager (Jacksonville, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Carolina and Washington). But only the Texans (Nick Caserio) have filled their vacancy, allowing the Broncos and other teams to equal parts follow-up with previous interviews or add candidates to their list.

The Broncos can offer what the Jaguars, Panthers and Washington potentially can’t: The hammer that is final personnel say. And the new general manager won’t have to lead a coaching search like those taking over the Texans, Falcons and Lions.

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Whether it’s Kelly or Paton, Fontenot or the long-shot Stark, they will face the same five issues, however. A look:

1. Quarterback
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostDenver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock watches from the sidelines as the clock ticks down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on Oct. 25, 2020 in Denver.

Does the general manager want to acquire a challenger to Drew Lock or fortify the backup spot? The Broncos’ hand-picked No. 2 in 2020, Jeff Driskel, didn’t work out. He was functional in a relief role during the Week 2 loss at Pittsburgh, but was benched for the final drive of the Week 3 loss against Tampa Bay. Brett Rypien served as the No. 2 for the rest of the year and merits a role on the roster. But an upgrade is required so the offense doesn’t fall off the rails if Lock …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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