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Denver Broncos: Open Letter to John Elway, Is This What You Wanted?

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway for the Denver Broncos watches the preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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Pete WilliamsCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2011

Dear Mr. Elway.

You got what you wanted in John Fox. An old-school head coach that reminded you of the old days, when the Orange Crush and a tough running game was the foundation of your success.

But the NFL has moved on and good defense and running the ball isn't enough anymore. It's a passing league where QBs toss for more than 400 yards on a regular basis—even rookies in their first game.

It's all about four-receiver sets spreading out the defenses, unpredictable play-calling and multi-purpose running backs and hybrid WR/TEs.

QBs don't have to play the game primarily from the pocket, you don't have to take every snap from under center and dual-threat QBs are gaining ground all over the NFL.

As a fan, I can appreciate your intention of establishing a solid power run game. But as a fan, I also want excitement and plays that sends chills down my spine: Imaginative running plays and a breathtaking passing game.

I know you are building from scratch, but don't be afraid to let it rip—because after last night, it really can't get any worse.

Yours sincerely,


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