One of these five men could be the next Denver Broncos General Manager.
It appears the Denver Broncos will undergo significant front office changes during the next year or two as current General Manager John Elway will step away from that role, while Broncos President and CEO, Joe Ellis, who also heads the three-person trust overseeing the transition of the team's ownership, announced he will not seek a contract extension next year when his current contract ends.
For now, the team is pushing quickly ahead to interview and hire a new general manager who will oversee the day-to-day operations of the team and be responsible for making roster decisions. The Broncos reportedly have requested permission to interview five candidates, several of whom have experience with the Broncos, and will begin those interviews today. They are:
1. Champ Kelly
Current Job: Assistant Director of Player Personnel, Chicago Bears
Anthony "Champ" Kelly is in his second year with the Bears after completing two seasons as the team's Director of Pro Scouting. In his current role, he is part of a team that directs both pro personnel and college scouting departments for the Bears. Prior to joining the Bears, Kelly spent eight years with the Broncos, including as Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for five years. During his time with the Broncos, the team won four AFC West Division titles and signed eight free agents that would go on to make the Pro Bowl.
Our next GM will arrive to a talented core of young players.— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 8, 2021
But there will also be some big decisions to make.
2. George Paton
Current Job: Vice President, Player Personnel/Assistant General Manager, Minnesota Vikings
George Paton has been with the Vikings for 14 seasons, working closely with General Manager Rick Spielman. Paton's primary focus is coordinating scouting and personnel functions within the Vikings Pro Scouting Department and assisting with college scouting during draft preparations. Prior to joining the Vikings, Paton spent six seasons with the Miami Dolphins as Director of Pro Personnel. He began his NFL career in college and pro scouting with the Chicago Bears, where he eventually became Assistant Director of Pro Personnel in 2000.
3. Dave Ziegler
Current Job: Assistant Director of Player Personnel, New England Patriots
Dave Ziegler was promoted to Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the New England Patriots at the beginning of the current season. Prior to that, he was Director of Pro Personnel and Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for the team. He started his NFL career with the Denver Broncos in 2010 under then Head Coach Josh McDaniels. He spent three years with the Broncos as a pro scout.
Ziegler worked under Nick Caserio, who was hired this week by the Houston Texans to fill its vacant GM role.
4. Terry Fontenot
Current Job: Vice President/Assistant General Manager – Pro Personnel, New Orleans Saints
Terry Fontenot is finishing his 16th season with the New Orleans Saints, including six years as director of pro scouting where he manages the pro personnel department including recommending player acquisitions, evaluating players from all professional leagues, monitoring the waiver wire, and supervising advance scouting of opponents. Prior to that he was a pro scout for seven seasons and was selected by the Saints in 2012 to attend the Stanford Business School's Executive Education NFL-Stanford Program for Managers. He played safety for Tulane, including serving as team captain in 2001, and was a member of the 2002 Hawaii Bowl championship team. He holds a bachelor's degree in business and organizational information technology.
5. Brian Stark
Current Job: College Scouting Director, Denver Broncos
Brian Stark has been with the Denver Broncos for 8 years in the team's college scouting department. In 2017, Stark was named Director of College Scouting for the Broncos during his sixth year with the team. Stark joined the Broncos after three seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for Yale University and nine seasons in various coaching jobs at San Diego State University. He is a Colorado native.
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