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Has John Elway broken the flawed Broncos’ championship window?

The former Denver quarterback helped mastermind his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory. But his inability to replace Peyton Manning has cost the team dear

On 20 March, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway wrote a letter on team stationery endorsing Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, for a seat on the highest court in the United States.  “Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I am a big fan of his,” the Hall of Fame quarterback wrote. That letter was released exactly two months to the the day that Elway attended Trump’s inauguration in Washington DC.  But eight months after the inauguration and five months after endorsing Gorsuch, Elway released a statement that read: “Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football.” An interesting plea coming from a man who only recently had weighed in on politics below his football team’s logo. But even more peculiar given that how bad the Broncos are, Elway would be wise to want people to talk about anything but the football team he has built. 

Elway’s Broncos, two years after winning the Super Bowl in dominant fashion over the Carolina Panthers, sit dead-last in a middling AFC West at 3-9, three games behind the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders who are all bunched at 6-6. Denver have now lost eight games in a row; only the Cleveland Browns have a longer losing streak. 

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