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Sundquist Out As Broncos GM After 16 Years With Franchise
Published March 13, 2008
|Sundquist Out As Broncos GM|
REAX: In Denver, Lee Rasizer writes it "appears a disconnect between Shanahan and Sundquist became untenable from the side that mattered most." Sundquist "had wide-ranging power but still lacked final authority." Rasizer notes Sundquist "orchestrated a slew of moves in recent years" including the acquisition of CBs Champ Bailey and Dre Bly and QB Jay Cutler, "while working hard to improve the club's salary-cap health." Sundquist was "well-respected in the agent and player-evaluation communities, serving on the [BOD] of National Football Scouting" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/13). Also in Denver, Mark Kiszla writes "it was a crummy way to say goodbye to a loyal man. But he had to go." Shanahan required a "scapegoat for yet another disappointing football season. ... Their long uneasy relationship crumbled under the weight of defeat." Kiszla: "A [GM] should be able to shape a football team as he envisions. Sundquist filled orders like a stock clerk. It was a thankless task doomed to failure" (DENVER POST, 3/13).