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Denver Broncos Fire General Manager and Top Assistant

DB CooperCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2009

In yet another shocking move this offseason, the Denver Broncos have fired VP of Football Operations/General Manager Jim Goodman and Assistant General Manager Jeff Goodman (Jim's son).

NFL.com's Adam Schefter has reported that former Assistant General Manager Brian Xanders has taken on the title of General Manager. 

This marks the second time in two years that the Broncos have fired their General Manager—Ted Sundquist was let go following the 2007 season. 

Xanders, 37, joined the Broncos in May after serving 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in various roles that included coaching and player personnel. 

The Goodmans assisted in the selection of new head coach Josh McDaniels, and Jim was expected to work in conjunction with McDaniels when it came to personnel decisions. 

Jim Goodman, in his 11th year with the team, played an integral role in the Broncos' recent draft success. The 55-year-old Goodman served as Denver's Director of College Scouting and Director of Player Personnel in the six years preceding his promotion to VP of Player Personnel in 2007. 

While extremely surprising, the move is an obvious signal that owner Pat Bowlen is more than ready to pull a complete turnover.  With Xanders in as GM, the Broncos now have an entirely new image in the front office and on the sidelines. 

However, it is a questionable move considering the Goodmans' success in the draft over the past few years.  Former coach Mike Shanahan began to put more faith in his scouting department, and Goodman's player evaluations, last offseason and the team flourished in the draft as a result. 

The recently-arrived Xanders will have plenty to prove, but perhaps a rookie coach-GM duo is just what this stale organization needs.

More details should surface soon.

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