As Tebowmania grew last season into a full-blown phenomenon, John Elway's obvious indifference to his pop-icon quarterback never seemed to change. Some interpreted this as a sign that Elway's personnel opinions were not driven by results -- Denver was winning games, after all -- as much as his ego and some weird sense of rivalry with Tim Tebow, who was suddenly more popular than Mr. Bronco himself.
It wouldn't be the first time a Hall of Fame athlete-turned-executive had trouble separating roles. As we've seen over and over again, greatness as a player has no relationship with someone's ability to build a team.
But in landing Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos' new quarterback, Elway has proven to be as shrewd and gutsy an executive as he was a quarterback. We remember Elway at his best in the fourth quarter, backed up to his own goal line, needing to go the length of the field, in situations that required a blend of intelligence and risk.
And no matter how this ultimately turn...