Denver Broncos ownership priority no. 4: Be willing to do whatever it takes to win
For Pat Bowlen, it was being #1 in everything.
Hopefully, it’s the same for this new ownership group.
Under Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos were always willing to do whatever it took to win football games.
After John Elway retired, the team’s aggressiveness ramped up significantly.
They signed free agent quarterback Jake Plummer in hopes of reviving the team’s championship aspirations, and if only for a short time, that’s exactly what happened.
After getting torched by Peyton Manning in the postseason, Bowlen signed off on a bold trade of his team’s star running back — Clinton Portis — for cornerback Champ Bailey.
From doing what it takes to sign defensive lineman Neil Smith away from the rival Kansas City Chiefs to signing off on a $100 million deal for an injured Peyton Manning, Bowlen was willing to do anything to get the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl contention.
And they won three titles under his reign.
I’m not going to sit here and say that a new owner should just open up the checkbook and let George Paton do whatever he wants, but I also kind of am saying exactly that.
The Los Angeles Rams are setting the example right now of an aggressive GM and an aggressive owner, and it’s hard to argue with the results as they are the reigning Super Bowl champions.
This goes back to trusting football people like George Paton with football decisions, but the ownership group has deep pockets and they should be wise but also aggressive and certainly not stingy.