The Denver Broncos‘ Executive Vice President of Player Personnel, John Elway took to the podium on Friday at the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis to address many pressing questions about the 2012 Playoffs, the upcoming combine and draft, and the future of the team beyond 2013.
“I believe where we are with Steven Johnson and Nate Irving, we’re excited about those two. I know it’s been a topic of conversation, but we drafted Nate two years ago in the third round to be the guy that took over at middle linebacker. So I’ve got a great deal of confidence in the fact that he’s going to come in, once he’s given that responsibility, that he’ll step up to it. I think if you look at where the league is and where we are, 65 percent of our snaps last year were nickel. I’m not trying to downplay the importance of that position, but nickel is so important, too. As I said, I think Nate will step in. He did a tremendous job for us on special teams, and I think he’ll step in, in the competition with Stevie Johnson, who was a CFA for us. They’re both guys very capable of handling that job.”, Elway said.
“I just want to talk to him. Personally, I don’t get caught up in everything that is swirling around him. I’m looking forward to sitting down and talking to him. I know him as a football player. He’s a very good football player. He’s going to have a successful career in the NFL. I’m looking forward to sitting down and talking to him.”, said Elway.
“No. 1 for me is competitiveness in these guys. How competitive are they?”, professed Elway, one of the most competitive players to ever step on a football field.