John Elway could play quarterback, but that hasn’t translated into him being able to find one in Denver.
The Broncos’ president and general manager has had a tough go of things since taking the executive route in Denver in 2011.
Peyton Manning is, of course, the exception here but he virtually fell into Denver’s lap. The Broncos won two AFC titles and reached two Super Bowls and won one with Manning at quarterback which certainly makes Elway’s leash longer as the GM and president, but since Manning’s retirement things have been ugly in terms of quarterbacks in Denver.
While drafting quarterbacks is always a risk, it’s remarkable that all six the Broncos have drafted since Elway has been in his general manager role haven’t panned out, not even close. As far as the trade/sign side of things, yeah, that hasn’t been any better either.
This graphic was shown during Thursday Night Football in which Elway’s Broncos were dominated 30-6 at home by the Chiefs. Joe Flacco’s mediocre play was what brought up the terrible track record of Broncos quarterbacks.
Outside of Manning and this year’s draft pick Drew Lock, who has been on injured reserve since the preseason, every quarterback listed has been well below average. Sure, Flacco is a Super Bowl champion, but that version of Flacco -and his Ravens defense that year – isn’t showing up in Denver anytime soon.
Other than Lock and Flacco, not one other quarterback in the graphic still plays for Denver. Sanchez retired back in July, former first-round pick Paxton Lynch is in Pittsburgh now, Osweiller retired just this week and Chad Kelly is on the Colts’ practice squad just to dissect a few of the situations at hand.
The quarterback situation in Denver is a mess. The Broncos are 20-28 since winning Super Bowl 50 with Manning.