Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen spoke with the Denver Post for the first time since the Chiefs ended his team’s season. He talked about his young coach, trouble receiver and the status of the quarterback situation.
“I want Kyle back,” Bowlen said. “Orton is a good quarterback. I’d also like to think we might have the opportunity to draft a young quarterback, not necessarily to come in and play right away, but if you have the opportunity to draft somebody, that would be a plus for us.”
He wasn’t specific, but the assumption is the Broncos would not wait until the later rounds if they chose to draft a quarterback.
Near the end of the interview, Bowlen was told about rumors he was out of touch with what was going on with his franchise. Told that didn’t seem to be the case, he said: “Are you sure? Something must be wrong. No, I’m very comfortable with what I have regarding our team. You might come back to me nine months from now and ask, ‘Are you still comfortable?’ But I’m not uncomfortable with what I see as far as the Broncos are concerned.”
Not sure I understand his take on if he is out of touch, but the interview as a whole is a great read. Bowlen is very open about the possibility that the Broncos won’t be able to retain any of their restricted free agents including Elvis Dumervil, Orton and Marshall.
While I appreciate his candor, I’ll never be comfortable with an owner that has his hand in every decision. Trust the people you hire to run your team and stay out of the day-to-day personnel stuff.
If the Broncos do decide to grab a quarterback in the first round, they could be players for Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen either where they are at No. 11 if one of them fall or even in a trade up scenario. If they decide to wait, then you start talking about Tony Pike or Dan LeFevour, both potential value picks.