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Broncos Execs Take On New Roles In Wake Of Sundquist Departure
Published March 14, 2008
|Broncos Execs Taking On New Roles
Following Sundquist's Departure
REAX: In Denver, Mike Klis writes the tension between Shanahan and Sundquist "was becoming increasingly palpable throughout the organization." Shanahan "ultimately felt the friction was detrimental to the team's ability to conduct business. Not that this strain was Sundquist's fault. But the strain had to be alleviated" (DENVER POST, 3/14). Also in Denver, Bernie Lincicome writes the dismissal of Sundquist "means little in the big picture." Lincicome: "Sundquist generally managed the Broncos in the same way that a flight attendant flies an airplane." At some point, however, Shanahan "is going to have to be held responsible for what the Broncos are, and these days they are NFL afterthoughts" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/14). The DENVER POST's Mark Kiszla writes of Sundquist's departure: "That's not a football team in transition. It's an NFL organization plagued by turmoil. ... The finger of blame must be pointed at Shanahan." Kiszla: "No matter how much he loves his coach, [Bowlen] should begin to wonder if Shanahan causes more turmoil than he solves" (DENVER POST, 3/14). NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk: “I never knew of a head coach to fire a GM, but obviously, there’s a fall guy. ... How can you give a head coach everything that he wants and the guy that loses his job is the GM?” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 3/13).