Home / World News / Pat Bowlen’s successor unknown, but here’s the criteria

Pat Bowlen’s successor unknown, but here’s the criteria

One of the last photographs of Pat Bowlen was snapped as he walked off the field of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014. His recently revamped Broncos had just completed the most prolific offensive season in NFL history, set a slew of  team and individual records (most owned by quarterback Peyton Manning), earned the franchise’s seventh AFC Championship and were back on football’s biggest stage.

The Broncos would go on to get drubbed — badly — but when the camera flashed before the game, they were on top of the world. So Bowlen gave fans two thumbs up.

His Broncos were OK. They were set up well. They had leadership he trusted and a foundation he had built.

Few knew that would be the last time that Bowlen, the Broncos’ owner of now 34 seasons, would roam the sidelines as the face of a franchise that strived to “be No. 1 in everything.” Five months later, the Bowlen family announced that he had resigned control of the team as he battled Alzheimer’s and turned over day-to-day operations to team president Joe Ellis, who would dictate the immediate future of the club and, collectively with two other trustees, help decide it’s long-term future, too.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Broncos appear nothing like the team when Bowlen left it. Ebbs were expected, especially after losing a future Hall of Fame quarterback, but after two playoff-less seasons, the Broncos forge ahead without a stated frontrunner to succeed Bowlen, creating an outside perception that there are fissures at the top.

“We are in good shape,”  Ellis insisted during the team’s recent season-end news conference. “I really think that the most important part of my job is to give (general manager)  John (Elway) and all of the football staff — coaches, operations, everybody — the resources that they need for us to be successful. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out, but I really feel in the long run if we do that each and every year, we should be set up for success.”

About brandsauthority

Check Also

Remains of Esther Dingley, Missing British Hiker, Are Found

The remains of Esther Dingley, a British woman who went missing while hiking alone in …

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: